Sat 14 May
Lecture Margarida Mendes — RECONCILIATION WITH HYDROTRAUMA
Ecofeminist Perspectives on the Hydrocommons
A lecture by Margarida Mendes
What forms of bodily coalitions and planetary alliances can overturn hydrotrauma and the ripple effects of water politics? And how can different practices and modes of knowing contribute to water guardianship, while opening a paths for the much-needed healing of our bodies of water?
This lecture by Margarida Mendes weaves together the thought of various ecofeminist writers and activists that foster political action and mobilise the regenerative space of the hydrcommons. Addressing practices and creatives gestures that reclaim access to water sovereignty, this presentation debates how water ontologies have shaped different worldviews and modes of agency. While debating the distribution of aquatic resources and energy—as unevenly distributed by the partition of its governance—Margarida Mendes investigates how decolonial perspectives that depart from reciprocal relations with the Earth can counter state capture and reconcile communities. Rejoicing from the empowering forms of collectivisation and reconciliation that emerge from water alliances, she does this by introducing the work of Vandana Shiva, Sophie Lewis, Macarena Gómez-Barris, and Carolina Caycedo among others, exemplifying how ecofeminist tactics may be mobilised to reverse the effects of hydrotrauma.