The University of Hull Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures pioneers a new, humanities-led, interdisciplinary and transhistorical research area, the ‘green-blue humanities’.
It equips a new generation of PhD students to take this agenda forward, transforming our understanding of our relationships with water and shaping future research agendas, methods, and approaches within and between disciplines.
Living With/out Water
Living With/out Water adopts interdisciplinary approaches to exploring how Western, non-Western and Indigenous communities have experienced, managed, and learned to live with and without water in risky green-blue environments from the earliest peoples to today’s coastal communities. This strand of our work focuses on the material and political implications of living with/out water, exploring how water has been governed and managed, gendered and racialised, and examining histories of risk and resilience in comparative perspective.
Imagining Water examines the belief systems, folklores, and fictions that have arisen alongside, and in response to, experiences of living with water in coastal, estuarine, and delta communities, exploring water as a source of creativity that helps shape the identity of these water cultures worldwide, and throughout history. Embracing a range of media – from poetry to policy documents, film to music, Indigenous myths to video games – our research asks what these representations tell us about community and creative responses to living with water and the challenges and opportunities this involves.
Building Water Futures
Building Water Futures thinks forward through the arts and humanities to help better understand how communities can live with water in today’s uncertain climate futures. Working with high-risk communities in coastal zones and estuaries worldwide, we assess opportunities to engage communities with water challenges and increase uptake of resilience actions through community arts, learning histories, digital education, citizen inquiry methods and other creative solutions.