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Workshop in Jaipur on "Indian Waterscapes"

23. Mär. 2014

Several media including the newspapers Daily News and Rajasthan Patrika reported about an international field workshop organised by the Interdisciplinary Research Group MC9 "Waterscapes in Transcultural Perspectives" in Jaipur, India, from February 13 to 15, 2014. Under the title "Indian Waterscapes. Engineering Knowledge and Local Knowledge Systems", the participants discussed the management of water in India.

In the city of Jaipur, step-wells and tanks had from the early 18th century been built by Indian engineers with special expertise in water supply systems for arid zones. Modern public supply systems also had to cope with concepts of health and social function surrounding water and co-existed with traditional systems. The presented case studies of Jaipur and Amber examined the systems of knowledge as applied to management of water and the shift in the function of water architecture down into the present.

The international field workshop took place at Agrawal P.G. College in Jaipur, India, February 13-15. It was organised by Prof. Jörg Gengnagel, Prof. Monika Boehm-Tettelbach, and Rajendra Singh Khangarot in context of the Interdisciplinary Research Group MC9 "Waterscapes in Transcultural Perspectives". The group attempts to trace the circulation and transformation of environmental knowledge fragments and practices across the boundaries of diverse knowledge systems. With this field workshop in Jaipur the research group started a series of workshops that enhance transdisciplinary cooperation without sacrificing the strength of disciplinary methodology and competencies, which has lately become a state-of-the-art practice in the agendas of leading global environmental research.

See the workshop flyer (PDF, 182KB)


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  • Tank Nahargarh Fort, picture courtesy of Monika Boehm-Tettelbach