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Contested Waters: Rio de Janeiro’s Public Water Supply and the Social Structuring of the City

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Project "CONTESTEDWATERS" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 159˙460 €
 EC max contribution 159˙460 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2017-04-30


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 Project objective

The objective of the project is to write a social and political history of colonial and imperial Rio de Janeiro (16th to 19th centuries) along the lines of its expanding water supply. It is based on the assumption that the access to and control of water were closely related to the social and political struggles and structures in the city. Although not particularly scarce in its occurrence, due to the special geological situation, water and the water supply have always been more contested in Rio de Janeiro than in many other cities. Therefore water, with its highly transient availability but continuous relevance for all parts of society, is a topic suited to uncover important aspects of urban history, for specific situations as well as for broader developments, and ultimately for understanding how European rule in the overseas empires was constantly and extensively challenged by local circumstances. Furthermore, the project will give a response to the theoretical question about the relevance and applicability of environmental history to other fields of history, and encourage a more reflected and socially engaged thinking about some of the most pressing problems of our current world: the property, control and management of water – and harmful potential which can emanate from it.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Jorun Poettering
Review of: Vera S. Candiani, Dreaming of Dry Land. Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City. Stanford 2014
published pages: 343-344, ISSN: 2255-520X, DOI:
Iberoamericana 64 (2017) 2019-07-24
2017 Jorun Poettering
Water and the Struggle for Public Space: Social Negotiations in the Usage of Colonial Rio de Janeiro’s Waterworks
published pages: , ISSN: 2245-4373, DOI:
Brasiliana. Journal for Brazilian Studies 2017 2019-07-24
2017 Jorun Poettering
„Bodenständiger Realismus“ als Erfolgskonzept kolonialer Herrschaft? Staat und Wissen über Naturressourcen im portugiesischen Amerika [“Pedestrian Realism” as a Key to Success in Colonial Rule? State and Knowledge on Natural Resources in Portuguese America]
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Susan Richter (ed.), Globale Verflechtungen - Europa neu denken book to be published in Septemb 2019-07-24
2017 Jorun Poettering
Paradise for Whom? Conservatism and Progress in the Perception of Rio de Janeiro’s Drinking Water Supply, Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries
published pages: , ISSN: 1469-767X, DOI:
Journal of Latin American Studies accepted for publication in 201 2019-07-24

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