UCLA Center for the Study of Women, UCLA Department of Anthropology Culture, Power, and Social Change Interest Group and UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge present:
A Future History of Water
A Book Talk by Andrea Ballestero
Andrea Ballestero's first book, A Future History of Water, asks how the difference between a human right and a commodity is produced in regulatory and governance spaces that purport to be open to different forms of knowledge and promote flexibility and experimentation.
In this book talk, Andrea Ballestero will discuss how to think anthropologically about the techno-legal devices used to deal with the politics of water in the present and in the yet to come. Ballestero will focus on the work of regulators in Costa Rica and how they use pricing formulas and the consumer price index to imagine their responsibility for society and the household as a space of water politics. Ballestero will invite the audience to think about what an anthropology of techno-legal devices looks like if we are open to wonder as an epistemic disposition. This is particularly powerful at a moment in which notions of crisis overwhelm our sense of the limits of the possible.
Registration not required.