Instructions and resources are now up on the password-protected page of the ARCH 0680 Water, Culture & Power wiki for getting started on the first assignment for the class: The Mashapaug Pond and the Waters of Providence:
Providence is an industrial city built around several bodies of water, and the history of the urban space is inevitably intertwined with the histories of these watery landscapes. The everyday relationship of various local and immigrant communities who lived in or settled in Providence has been complex and heterogeneous. The idea behind this assignment is to explore this relationship from a variety of perspectives that we have been discussing in class including cultural landscape approaches, environmental studies and political ecology. We have been talking about the case of Mashapaug Pond as a landscape of water with a very complex social history giving us a richly textured example of the 19th-20th century industrialization in Providence, its effects on the local water landscapes and local communities, the collapse of that urban industry, and finally the rise of environmental consciousness in the recent decades. Several resources are being made available to you to write about this complex history and those are listed below and talked about in class.
This is a 4-5 page writing assignment (double spaced, 12 font). This page limit does not include the bibliography and the images you might use. It is a research paper on some aspect of your choice of the environmental and cultural history of the Mashapaug Pond (or some other body of water in Providence- but if you plan to do this please talk to Ömür or Sarah). You are expected to use some or all of the listed resources below and do further library research. It is highly recommended that you use relevant imagery (maps, photographs, plans) to illustrate your paper. A list of references, i.e. a bibliography, should be provided at the end of your paper. For guidance on referencing in research papers, and building and formatting a bibliography, please see Prof. Harmanşah’s Tips for Writing Papers. Please use the Author-Date style formatting and referencing that is explained there.
The assignment is due Monday, February 27, in class. Please feel free to contact is if you have questions about the assignment (which we will also talk about in detail today (February 9) in class). You are also encouraged to come to office hours to talk through your ideas for the paper and get feedback and more resources:
Prof. Harmanşah: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5 pm at the Institute (Rhode Island Hall 102)
Sarah: Mondays 12.30-2.30pm and Thursdays 11am-12pm in the TA conference room (Rhode Island Hall 016 [basement])