Restorying an Industrial River
Alex Imbot, Maggie McNulty, Bethany Wiggin
For centuries, the tidal wetlands at the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers have provided a laboratory for human experiments from land reclamation to energy transitions. To apprehend this local petroscape and to represent its nature-cultures require a welter of research methods, drawing as much from lived expertise as from scientific and historical experts. This presentation explores public research collaboratives designed to explore and record past, present and future multi-species worlds and shifting waterscapes of this vulnerable local environment. Drawing on a university-based river research workshop, arts-driven explorations, a field school, oral history projects, and public tours, this presentation invites considerations of how academic-community collaborations can refuse extractive logics to remember forgotten river communities and offer support for emergent, equitable worlds amidst the ongoing climate emergency.