Presented by the Centre for the Study of the Inland, La Trobe University, Australia.

With access to clean water predicted to be a number one cause of conflict in coming decades, and river systems around the world under threat, this conference brings together an outstanding array of leading international and Australian scholars to explore the cultural, social, historical and political significance of some of the world’s key river systems. Scholars come from a range of disciplines and bring a plurality of approaches to address the challenges these systems are facing and identify common strategies to facilitate their future health.

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Tuesday 28 November
La Trobe City Campus, 360 Collins Street, MELBOURNE
Indian Watersheds
Keynote: Amita Baviskar Associate Professor, Sociology Unit, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India
Panel: Ruth Gamble, Sunita Chaudary, Haripriya RanganChinese Watersheds
Panel: Brooke Wilmsen, Mark Wang, Yongping Wei
Public lecture, David Pietz, Professor of Chinese History and the UNESCO Chair of Environmental History, University of Arizona, USA, commencing 6 pm
Wednesday 29 November
Bus Tour to Albury, via Goulburn Valley
Bus trip through Yea to Shepparton, for lunch and discussion about water in the Goulburn Valley, then to Albury via Yarrawonga
Thursday 30 November
The Albury Club, 519 Kiewa Street, ALBURY
(Public lecture at MAMA, 546 Dean Street, ALBURY)
Morning River Walk along the Murray

Indigenous Water Uses
Keynote: Virginia Marshall Principal solicitor of Triple BL Legal, 2015 Stanner Prize Winner
Panel: Sue Jackson, Lorina Barker, Barry Judd 

Cross-Cultural Water Use
Panel: Susan Lawrence, Robyn Bartel,
Public lecture, Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, Eastern Washington University, USA Professor of International Affairs and Political Science; Co-Director, UNESCO Project in Water and Indigenous Peoples, at MAMA, commencing 5 30 pm

Conference Dinner @ Canteen, Albury 7pm

Friday 1 December
The Albury Club, 519 Kiewa Street, ALBURY
The Murray Darling Basin
Keynote: Jamie Pittock, ANU, Director of International Programs for the ANU’s UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance.
Panel: Nick Bond, Emily O’Gorman, Ian RutherfordRivers of the Anthropocene
Keynote: Mark Macklin University of Lincoln, UK, Professor of Fluvial Geomorphology, Head of the School of Geography and Director of the Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health.
Plenary Session
Saturday 2 December

(optional field trip to Beechworth)

Archaeologist Professor Susan Lawrence will lead a tour of her recent work: Rivers of Gold

Bus trip to Stanley, Beechworth, Woolshed Valley and El Dorado to look at the effects of gold mining on the river system.

Bus to Wangaratta for connection with V-Line train back to Melbourne, or return to Albury to connect with cars or commercial flights.

The Centre for the Study of the Inland was established in 2016 and is located in the College of Arts, Social Science and Commerce. It brings together key strengths of the University including Archaeology, History and Social Sciences. The Centre has a broad focus on inland Australia, and specifically the Murray Darling Basin, with environmental change a key theme. However, we understand the ‘inland’ to be both a place and an idea and thus a concept that can resonate in many different countries and contexts. The Centre provides a multi-disciplinary platform for research on the inland and on the interconnecting themes of water, landscapes and land use (including indigenous land use), agricultural and pastoral history, settlement and migration, resource extraction, and human responses to long-term climate and environmental change.

Image: A.J. Campbell, ‘Snagging’, Murray River near Echuca, Victoria, 1894, via Museums Victoria.