Confluency Colloquium - 5-7 June - Join Us!

04 May 2023 | By Amber Abrams
Arts-based water
04 May 2023 | By Amber Abrams

Hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT)'s Future Water research institute in partnership with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

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When:             June 5-7, 2023

Where:           Future Water research institute: University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa

What:               A water justice-focused colloquium showcasing Global South thought leadership and  best practices while fostering multi-disciplinary                                                                       exchanges, resulting in an interactive, mobile art exhibit, linking Canada and South Africa

Who:                Global South and North academics, policy makers, youth, non-profits, activists, and artists

Topics:             Day 1: Indigenous and Local Knowledge in Water Justice

                         Day 2: Participatory Water Governance

                         Day 3: Arts-Based Water Justice Research with Marginalized Populations

Panel Discussions - Arts-Based Workshops - Keynote Speakers

Unique conference format: Co-creating an interactive mobile art exhibit

The colloquium will be hosted in two distinct spaces: 1) one traditional seminar/lecture hall for keynote and panel presenters; and 2) one open space for ongoing arts-based workshops and knowledge translation activities. Interactive arts-based workshop sessions with multidisciplinary attendees will be held each afternoon to build upon keynote and panel discussions. These will be facilitated by co-researchers (community members involved in arts-based research projects), artists, and artist-scholars, who will support colloquium presenters and attendees in translating key theoretical and metholodogical knowledge from the event into elements of the interactive art exhibit. The exhibit will also showcase arts-based research materials from projects presented at the colloquium. The mobile art exhibit will launch on the final evening of the colloquium and be hosted at UCT for 2 weeks. The exhibit will then be hosted for up to one month in each of the following institutions in 2023: Rhodes University (South Africa), the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, the University of Victoria, Western University, and the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health/McMaster University in Canada. We will strategically design interactive elements in the exhibit, so visitor contributions will cumulatively become part of the exhibit, situating visitors as co-creators in this knowledge translation and exchange process.

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