Lecture by John Flower, Reversing the Flow

News item posted on: March 3rd, 2009
Reversing the Flow: Place, Protest, and Hydraulic Engineering in Western Sichuan
By John Flower, Sidwell Friends, UVa

“Reversing the Flow: Place, Protest, and Hydraulic Engineering in Western Sichuan” explores the 2004 protests against the Pubugou dam in Hanyuan County as a case study of how cultural landscape informs local understandings of, and resistance to, global development schemes. The presentation maps out the many layers of meaning and historical memory in Hanyuan that the dam construction stirred to life, and looks more broadly at the current “re-engineering” of the fragile ecological and ethnic border zone along the Himalayan escarpment in western Sichuan.

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