Oct 17, 2016
Dr. Muehlebach is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto and the author of The Moral Neoliberal. Welfare and Citizenship in Italy among numerous other publications. In this talk, she explores struggles around water as a private, public and common good in the Southern region of Campania, Italy. The talk outlines how water has become a vehicle for experiments in democracy and legality - indeed, for new forms of law-and-public-making - while also exploring how the state has met these experiments with new rounds of dispossession. By taking a look a battles over public water fountains, protesting mayors, and the refusal to pay bills, the talk asks how these publics attempt to prevail, in common, from within the context of austerity-ridden Italy.