Inaugural Philip Watts Lecture: "The Water Crisis in Senegalese Literature and Film" (Richard Watts, U of Washington)

March 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

Prof. Watts’ talk is drawn from a manuscript in progress, “Water Narratives: Imagining Global Environmental Change in the Francophone Post/colonial World.” It considers the symbolic and material value of water in francophone Senegalese film. He argues that these visual narratives depict unsettling ties between the pollution and scarcity of a natural resource that is increasingly privatized. The lecture will lead to a discussion of the ways that aesthetic forms attempt to make sense of the blurred boundaries between ecological and political problems.


This public lecture honors the legacy and interdisciplinary research in French Studies of our late colleague Philip Watts, who taught here from 1992 until 2005, and was Chair of the Department of French & Italian between 2003 and 2005.

Location and Address

602 CL, The Humanities Center