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      June 6, 2019

      Thursday   5:00 PM

      Trinity College Dublin , College Green
      Dublin, Dublin

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      Water, Anti-Privatization Struggles & the Commons

      Launch event for the recently published special issue of the Community Development Journal, edited by Patrick Bresnihan, Órla O’Donovan & Mark Garavan. With talk by Dr. Tom Collins, Chair of An Fóram Uisce. Expressed in slogans such as “water is a human right”, “water is life”, “we are water” and “defend the sacred”, throughout the globe a revolution is taking place as people organise to resist the privatisation of water. For many, the privatisation of water is a contemporary enclosure of the commons, a continuation of a process of converting everything into property that began centuries ago with land enclosures. But the understanding and use of “the commons” varies in different anti-privatisation struggles. For some, to regard water as a commons is to see it as a publicly owned and managed resource, whereas for others it is a new way of living and governing, a way of people relating to each other and the natural world. Some talk of a commons of humankind, whereas for others commons are part and parcel of local territorial communities. Rather than flattening these and other differences, this Special Issue invited scholars and activists from different contexts and traditions to reflect on their own understanding of these terms and the work and struggles they are involved in. Online access to journal here: This event is in association with the Art in the Anthropocene Conference that takes place in Trinity College Dublin, 7-9 June. For more details:

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