CFP: ‘Hydrofeminism’ – re-thinking our bodily and planetary waters

American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Washington DC, April 3-7, 2019


Organisers: Mirjami Lantto (University of Glasgow), Emma Cardwell (University of Glasgow), Deborah Dixon (University of Glasgow)

The increasingly unsettled hydrological dynamics of the earth call us to attend to the shifting relations between the different ‘bodies of water’ (Neimanis 2017) that constitute it. Amid a deepening environmental crisis, approaching water as a detached entity and resource is becoming ever more problematic. Poignantly, the volatility of our watery worlds invites us to attune to the constant ‘leakage’ between watery bodies. Whilst differentiated, water seems to ‘lace’ our most basic bodily functions into the realm of planetary processes as it courses between the fissures of the planet and the cells of organic beings in an increasingly unpredictable and toxic drift. Being thus intimately muddled in the ethics and bodily politics of environmental devastation and injustice, water is the stuff of trans-corporeal posthumanism, of ‘hydrofeminism’ (Neimanis 2012).

This session addresses material, philosophical, scientific and creative ways of approaching a range of contested watery ‘bodies’, from intercellular fluids to fluvial systems. How might the politics and ethics of being as, and amid, bodies of water be differently and meaningfully theorized and experienced (Alaimo 2016; Yaka 2017)? What sorts of watery spaces, temporalities and processes can be glimpsed through academic modes of enquiry, as well as those open to creativity and experimentation?

We invite papers and interventions on, but not limited to, the following topics:


  • Watery bodies (human, non-human, organic, inorganic)
  • Trans-corporeal relations: permeable and viscous bodies
  • Unsettled and unsettling waters: power, capitalism, violence, war
  • Feminism and water (hydrofeminism)
  • A watery ethics of becoming?
  • Situated / suspended waters
  • Re-telling and re-siting the science of marine and fluvial environments
  • Posthuman interactions: watery commonalities / alterities
  • Evolutionary genealogies of water
  • Water as archive / archivist
  • Cellular / planetary / interstellar waters
  • Water as a gestational milieu
  • Poetics of fluvial / coastal / marine geomorphology
  • Threatened / threatening waters
  • Unknown waters
  • Watery transgressions
  • Narrating / visualizing / performing water
  • Hydrophonics: sounding water


We welcome presentations in non-traditional and participatory formats, conference technologies allowing. Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Mirjami Lantto ( by October 20, 2018.

Please note: once you have submitted an abstract to us and had it accepted as part of the session, you will also need to register AND submit an abstract on the AAG website on/ before October 25, 2018.

More details about submitting abstracts can be found here:



Alaimo, S. (2016). Exposed: Environmental politics and pleasures in posthuman times. University of Minnesota Press.

Neimanis, A. (2012). Hydrofeminism: Or, on becoming a body of water. Undutiful daughters: Mobilizing future concepts, bodies and subjectivities in feminist thought and practice, 96-115.

Neimanis, A. (2017). Bodies of water: Posthuman feminist phenomenology. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Yaka, Ö. (2017). A feminist-phenomenology of women’s activism against hydropower plants in Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea region. Gender, Place & Culture, 24(6), 869-889.




Deborah Dixon
Professor of Geography
School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
East Quadrangle, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland
Editor: GeoHumanities