Madi and Astrida spent much of 2022 learning and thinking intermittently with Semá:th X_ó:tsa, a water body of great seasonal variation, in Sto:lo territory and the Fraser River watershed. The project began as an invitation to submit a chapter for a Routledge handbook on gender and water governance and rolled over into the realm of elemental spectacle for a panel talk at the 2022 American Studies Association conference in New Orleans.
Our paper begins with the story of the spectacle of that river in the sky, where elements-out-of-place signal the need to rethink the way we understand and categorize bodies of water. We propose that the deployment of trans ecological conceptual frames offer an alternative anticolonial land/water imaginary that can address both the need to learn from Sto:lo histories of thriving alongside elemental instability, as well as the urgency of living under present and future climate instability. Marginal and marginalised “fringe natures” such as Sema:th X_o:tsa, moreover, teach us about the possibilities of living as part of an expanded littoral zone, where
anticolonial, feminist and queer-trans modes of watery being might flourish.
Conference presentation APA citation:
Donald, M. & Neimanis, A. (2022, November 5). Semá:th X_ó:tsa & the River in the Sky [Conference presentation]. American Studies Association Conference 2022, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
Conference presentation materials:
- the recorded presentation
- a pdf of the presentation slides (slide images screen reader accessible)
- a pdf of the presentation slides with speaking notes (slide images not screen reader accessible)
The chapter will be included in the forthcoming Routledge Handbook on Gender and Water Governance edited by Margreet Zwarteveen, Seema Kulkarni, Lisa Bossenbroek, Tatiana Acevedo-Guerrero and Irene Leonardelli.