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Title:African water histories: transdisciplinary discourses
Editor:Tempelhoff, JohannISNI
City of publisher:Gauteng
Publisher:North-West University
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
East Africa
Southern Africa
South Africa
Subjects:water management
water supply
conference papers (form)
Abstract:The fourteen chapters in this collective volume on African water histories are based on papers presented at a conference held in South Africa in December 2004. Following the introduction by Johann W.N. Tempelhoff, Section 1 (National water histories) contains contributions on water use and management in Malawi (Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu); the role of Zimbabwe's water resources commission in 1953-1954 (Edmore Mufema); and the history of water supply in Anglophone Cameroon (Ben Page). Section 2 (Local water histories) presents papers on water-borne disease in the port city of St. Louis, colonial Senegal, 1860-1914 (Kalala Ngalamulume) and water supply as the unifier of the small municipalities of the Cape Peninsula at the beginning of the 20th century (Kevin Wall). Section 3 (Thematic approaches to water history) includes chapters on the influence of water on military planning in southern Africa (Ian van der Waag); irrigation development in South Africa (Deborah Lavin); and travel writers' perspectives on the cultural environment of water in southern Africa (Johann W.N. Tempelhoff). Section 4 (Dams and hydropower) presents contributions on the post-war spread of power-producing dams in Africa's rivers (Heather J. Hoag) and the 'invisibilization' of peoples in the process of planning hydropower projects, in the cases of Sweden and Tanzania (May-Britt Öhman). Section 5 (Legal aspects of water history) includes papers on the role of African States in the 'ecosystems approach' to the protection of international watercourses (Owen McIntyre) and water rights in South Africa (G.J. Pienaar and E. Van der Schyff). Section 6 (Research in progress) contains contributions on the politics of land and water in southern Zimbabwe from an ethnographic viewpoint (Joost Fontein) and the evolution of urban water and sanitation in East Africa from a public goods perspective (David Nilsson). Rabson Wuriga compiled a select bibliography. [ASC Leiden abstract]