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Well Connected: Everyday Water Practices in Cairo

Save the date for Tess Farmer's talk and reception celebrating her new book! 

Who is responsible for ensuring access to clean potable water? In this talk, I follow residents of Ezbet Khairallah, an informal neighborhood of Cairo, as they labor to exchange, value, and evaluate potable water and to eliminate wastewater. I argue that urban residents’ practices are a locally specific form of the sociality of water, integral to the project of being well connected--to other people, to the neighborhood, and to state-run water infrastructures. While being well connected is often thought of as an elite project, I show how the deployment of connections is equally important to those who live on the urban margins.