YCEI Postdoc, Jessica Barnes, who works on climate change impacts and adaptation in Egypt, to begin position at the University of South Carolina

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 9:45pm

YCEI Postdoctoral Fellow, Jessica Barnes, will be leaving New Haven to take up a position at the University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment and Sustainability Program.

Over the course of her postdoctoral fellowship with the YCEI, Jessica initiated a new research program on the cultural politics of climate change in the Middle East. Related to this research, in the spring of 2012 she organized a YCEI-funded workshop on anthropological perspectives on climate change with her advisor, Michael Dove. Products of this workshop include an article co-authored with the workshop participants, which is forthcoming in the June 2013 edition of Nature Climate Change, titled “Contribution of Anthropology to the Study of Climate Change,” and a volume, co-edited with Michael Dove, titled Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change, under contract with Yale University Press.

In conjunction with the workshop, Jessica Barnes and Michael Dove also invited Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to give a performance of his work. Miller’s compositions create sonic and visual portraits of climate change, using live string quartet, record mixing, and image projection. The event, funded by the YCEI, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Institute for Sacred Music, Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and Yale Tropical Resources Institute generated great interest from around the university and offered a fascinating different perspective on climate change.

In addition to developing this new research field, during Jessica’s postdoctoral fellowship she completed a book manuscript and several journal articles and book chapters related to her dissertation research on water politics in Egypt, including:

  • Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt. Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming.
  • Mixing Waters: The Reuse of Agricultural Drainage Water in Egypt. Geoforum. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.11.019, 2012.
  • Pumping Possibility: Agricultural Expansion through Desert Reclamation in Egypt. Social Studies of Science, 42(4): 517-538, 2012.
  • Water Worlds: Introduction to the Special Issue of Social Studies of Science. Social Studies of Science, 42(4): 483-488. (Coauthored with Samer Alatout), 2012.
  • Expanding the Nile’s Watershed: The Science and Politics of Land Reclamation in Egypt. In Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East. Alan Mikhail (ed). New York: Oxford University Press, pp251-272, 2012.
  • Water, Water Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink: The False Promise of Virtual Water. Critique of Anthropology, forthcoming 2013.

Who is a Water User? The Politics of Gender in Egypt’s Water User Associations. In Contemporary Water Governance in the Global South: Scarcity, Marketization, and Participation. Leila Harris, Jacqueline Goldin, and Christopher Sneddon (eds). London: Routledge, 2013.