Water and the Making of Place in North America

Fri, Oct 14, 2016 (All day) to Sat, Oct 15, 2016 (All day)
Program in American Studies
Center for Collaborative History
Department of Anthropology
Department of English
Department of Art and Archaeology
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities
University Center for Human Values
Program in Canadian Studies
Princeton Environmental Institute

Fall 2016 American Studies Graduate Student Conference

About the Conference

What does America look like from the water? Water shapes places: its presence, absence, arrival, or departure all affect how people understand, use, alter, and depict the world around them. Our interactions with water include everything from the international to the intimate—from the water beneath ships to the water we drink.

We believe that increased attention to water could advance developing scholarship on environment, landscape, and place; on the ways water both defines and evades territorial borders; and on water’s changing status as a natural resource. This conference will explore water’s influence on place-making in North America’s history, present, and future.


  • Sean Fraga
  • Julia Grummit
  • Kimia Shahi