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News & Calendar of Events Julisteen suunnittelu: Marja-Liisa Torniainen

 A Calendar of Events is kept up to date here. The nearest events in the future are shown first. Past events are listed at the end of the page. 


02 December 2016

The book about water in Russian culture is out! 

Meanings and Values of Water in Russian Culture. Jane Costlow & Arja Rosenholm (eds.). Routledge, 2017.


Past events and news

15-16 August 2016

Water Power Symposium, Tampere, Finland



Veteen piirretty -kirjan työpaja, Turku.


9-10 April 2015

Third project workshop in Tampere.




Vesitilat kirjallisuudessa -teemaseminaari, Tampere


8-9 November 2013

Second project workshop in Tampere, 

Deadline for drafts is 25 October 2013.


25 May 2013

Tervetuloa tutkimushankkeen ”Vesi sosiaalisena ja kulttuurisena tilana: Muuttuvat arvot ja representaatiot” ja kirjan esittelytilaisuuteen tiistaina 28. 5. 2013 klo 12.00-13.30.



18-19 January 2013

Project workshop in Tampere. List of paper abstracts handled and presentations given:

  • Tapio Katko: Functions of Water Serving Everyday Life
  • Scott Slovic: The Scale of Water: Art, Literature, and the Evolution of Environmental Consciousness
  • Päivi Pahta: Water Wells and the Culture of Health in Early Modern England: The Case of Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Jane Costlow: Holy Springs: Histories and Hydrologies in Place
  • Christian Krötzl: 'Holy Water - Healing Water. On Pilgrimages and the Functions of Water in Medieval Society'
  • Nina Tynkkynen: Creating the Political Space of the Baltic Sea Protection: A Drama Perspective
  • Riikka Rajala: Long-Term Development of Domestic Water Consumption: The Case of Finland
  • Petri Juuti: From a Sewer to the Water Service: Environmental History of the Waters of the River Vantaa and the City Vantaa from the Early 1900s to the Present
  • Arja Rosenholm: Cultural Memory Flooding in the Socialist Topography: Hydropower in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Film Narratives
  • Withold Bonner: An Overview of Changing and Inconsistent Meanings of Water in GDR Literature at Different Times
  • Verena Winiwarter: Danube as a Theatre of War in the 17th and 18th Century English Press
  • Toni Lahtinen: The Trope of the River in Finnish Prose Ballads
  • Maria Litovskaja: River in the Soviet Popular Songs during “Thaw” (1954-1970): The Formation of Friendly Space
  • Mika Perkiömäki: An Ecocritical Approach to the River in Viktor Astafyev’s “King Fish”
  • Markku Lehtimäki: The Deep Waters of Literary Theme: Nature, Narrative, and Identity in Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Lacuna”
  • Yrjö Haila: Water in the endosomatic and exosomatic metabolism of human society: an eco-social perspective



11 October 2012

The opening seminar of the AKVA program at Academy of Finland. More information in Finnish at


25 September 2012

The project poster is now available. To see it in PDF format, click the thumbnail image on the right. Poster design by Marja-Liisa Torniainen.


20 September 2012

UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Water Services (UNECWAS) at Tampere University of Technology. Read more about it in Finnish at


03 September 2012

Online course Safe and Sustainable Sanitation at Tampere University of Technology (starting already this week, ending late November) is now open for registration. Check details at




Autumn 2012

Virtual course Water and Society

Water and Society (WASO) course, autumn 2012. 
Petri Juuti,
Tapio Katko,
Riikka Rajala,
Johann Tempelhoff,


This course is divided into six sections, each one lasting week, except for the last one of 2 weeks. In addition to this everybody writes a personal essay (c.10 pages) from a predetermined list of titles. 


WWS, water supply and sanitation, is the key element in development of societies. For example, urban societies in Europe started to develop faster when around year 600 BC Cloacae Maxima in Rome was built. WSS infrastructure is invisible, but a vital part of any well working city. Many researchers talk and refer this by calling these systems to "Invisible city".

The standard of the water supply and sanitation and waste management is not bound in time and to a place as much as to the capability of the society to take responsibility for developing the individuals and their environments. In earlier times the situation has been even better than it is nowadays. In many parts of the world the old methods are still in use. Thus, it is not synonym to out-dated. Even ancient inventions are not necessarily outdated, but are in all their simplicity well-functioning.

Water is a basic necessity for all forms of life on earth. Water is also a human right and everybody should have enough water. Regarding human activities, a reliable water source is essential not only to supplying drinking water but also to sustaining agriculture, energy production, trade and transport - the foundations of economically and culturally thriving societies. However, as the numbers of people inhabiting our planet increases, all these activities have more and more serious impacts on human health, the environment and the overall quality of life and wellbeing. Due to pollution and water quality deterioration, diminishing supplies, extreme phenomena brought about by climate change, and serious gaps in service delivery, issues related to water governance become ever more important.

Also removing human excreta and other waste from densely populated urban areas is as ancient a challenge as the urban environments themselves. Planning sanitation and wastewater management interventions and policies should be integrated within the broader perspectives of urban and environmental/river basin development, even into water resources management. Such holistic thinking could result in the most effective infrastructure, control, incentives, interventions and allocation policies.

Developing economies suffering from water scarcity and other WSS problems cannot afford experimenting with novelties that are not based on proven successful water management, stewardship and services. It is no use to "reinvent the wheel". These difficult WSS problems faces now by developing countries are mainly the same than developed countries faced earlier in the history. Yet, there are still many remaining and future problems in developed countries, too. Historically the growth of urban centres has been a continuous trend, and in recent decades most of these centres have been located in developing economies.

The course will remind us that decisions about and management of water resources and services over the long-term are to a large extent public by nature. As water systems and water use have expanded continuously, we have entered an era where humankind has to strive for more efficient water management. Global climate change obviously creates new challenges to all countries, not only to developing countries although results can be worst in countries were infrastructure now is in poor condition. Linked to this, the poorest people are in the worst position to face these new conditions. Water is no longer a purely economic commodity or a purely social good.


24 August 2012

Vesimyytit ja faktat - Vesi ja yhdyskuntien kehitys -sarjan päätösseminaari 21.9.2012. More information at


23 August 2012

The project WWW pages were opened at Later this page will be used to publish project related news and hints.



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