New Publication: Rivers of the Anthropocene

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the Rivers of the Anthropocene project is proud to announce the publication of Rivers of the Anthropocene. Published by University of California Press.  Rivers of the Anthropocene is available in print and also as an open access publication.

Book Cover: Rivers of the Anthropocene

This exciting volume presents the work and research of the Rivers of the Anthropocene Network, an international collaborative group of scientists, social scientists, humanists, artists, policy makers, and community organisers working to produce innovative transdisciplinary research on global freshwater systems. In an attempt to bridge disciplinary divides, the essays in this volume address the challenge in studying the intersection of biophysical and human sociocultural systems in the age of the Anthropocene.

Featuring contributions from authors in a rich diversity of disciplines—from toxicology to archaeology to philosophy—this book is an excellent resource for students and scholars studying both freshwater systems and the Anthropocene.

Edited by Jason M. Kelly, Philip Scarpino, Helen Berry, James Syvitski, and Michel Meybeck, this book emerged from a conference held at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Table of Contents

  1. Anthropocenes: A Fractured Picture
    Jason M. Kelly


Part One: Methods

  1. Ecosystem Service-Based Approaches for Status Assessment of Anthropocene Riverscapes
    Andy Large, David Gilvear, and Eleanor Starkey
  2. Political Ecology in the Anthropocene: A Case Study of Irrigation Management in the Blue Nile Basin
    Sina Marx
  3. Rivers at the End of the End of Nature: Ethical Trajectories of the Anthropocene Grand Narrative
    Celia Deane-Drummond
  4. Rivers, Scholars, and Society: A Situation Analysis
    Kenneth S. Lubinski and Martin Thoms


Part Two: Histories

  1. An Anthropocene Landscape: Drainage Transformed in the English Fenland
    Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams, and Dinah Smith
  2. A Western European River in the Anthropocene: The Seine, 1870–2010
    Michel Meybeck and Laurence Lestel
  3. Anthropocene World / Anthropocene Waters: A Historical Examination of Ideas and Agency
    Philip V. Scarpino


Part Three: Experiences

  1. The Great Tyne Flood of 1771: Community Responses to an Environmental Crisis in the Early Anthropocene
    Helen Berry
  2. Engineering an Island City-State: A 3D Ethnographic Comparison of the Singapore River and Orchard Road
    Stephanie C. Kane
  3. Decoding the River: Artists and Scientists Reveal the Water System of the White River
    Mary Miss and Tim Carter
  4. What Is a River? The Chicago River as Hyperobject
    Matt Edgeworth and Jeffrey Benjamin


Support for the conference and book publication came from the IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant program, the IUPUI Library, University of Colorado, and Newcastle University.


Images and News Item Courtesy Of:
Jason Kelly 

Memory, Place, and Community in Global Water Systems Working Group