Rivers of the Anthropocene Available as an Open Access Book via University of California

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Rivers of the Anthropocene Available as an Open Access Book via University of California Press

by Jason Kelly

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the Rivers of the Anthropocene project is proud to announce the publication of Rivers of the Anthropocene. Published by University of California Press, Rivers of the Anthropocene is available in print and as an open access publication at https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520295025.

This exciting volume presents the work and research of the Rivers of the Anthropocene Network, an international collaborative group of scientists, social scientists, humanists, artists, policy makers, and community organizers working to produce innovative transdisciplinary research on global freshwater systems. In an attempt to bridge disciplinary divides, the essays in this volume address the challenge in studying the intersection of biophysical and human sociocultural systems in the age of the Anthropocene.

Featuring contributions from authors in a rich diversity of disciplines—from toxicology to archaeology to philosophy—this book is an excellent resource for students and scholars studying both freshwater systems and the Anthropocene.

Edited by Jason M. Kelly, Philip Scarpino, Helen Berry, James Syvitski, Michel Meybeck.

Support for the conference and book publication came from the IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant program, the IUPUI Library, University of Colorado, and Newcastle University.


  1. Anthropocenes: A Fractured Picture
    Jason M. Kelly


2.Ecosystem Service-Based Approaches for Status Assessment of Anthropocene Riverscapes
Andy Large, David Gilvear, and Eleanor Starkey

3.Political Ecology in the Anthropocene: A Case Study of Irrigation Management in the Blue Nile Basin
Sina Marx

4.Rivers at the End of the End of Nature: Ethical Trajectories of the Anthropocene Grand Narrative
Celia Deane-Drummond

5.Rivers, Scholars, and Society: A Situation Analysis
Kenneth S. Lubinski and Martin Thoms


6.An Anthropocene Landscape: Drainage Transformed in the English Fenland
Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams, and Dinah Smith

7.A Western European River in the Anthropocene: The Seine, 1870–2010
Michel Meybeck and Laurence Lestel

8.Anthropocene World / Anthropocene Waters: A Historical Examination of Ideas and Agency
Philip V. Scarpino


9.The Great Tyne Flood of 1771: Community Responses to an Environmental Crisis in the Early Anthropocene
Helen Berry

10.Engineering an Island City-State: A 3D Ethnographic Comparison of the Singapore River and Orchard Road
Stephanie C. Kane

11.Decoding the River: Artists and Scientists Reveal the Water System of the White River
Mary Miss and Tim Carter

12.What Is a River? The Chicago River as Hyperobject
Matt Edgeworth and Jeffrey Benjamin


Jason M. Kelly, PHD FSA
Director, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute
Associate Professor of History in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


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