8 Oct ’14
After class on October 8, I met with Caroline and Kate to talk about my research and where it is headed at this point in time. After reading Escobar’s Encountering Development and realizing some new points of view about development, I think that I’m going to present my topic on Ethiopia’s water scarcity issue due to Egypt’s claim to the Nile Rivers in a bigger picture perspective instead of zooming in on many different cases like I had planned previously. I’m going to talk about how visibility plays into this situation as well as how different societies define the word “sustainable.” Caroline recommended that I cite Haraway’s Situated Knowledges and point out in my paper that any one person’s thinking is limited and once that has been acknowledged, then the next thing to do is to find out what is unknown instead of assuming what the answers are. We (as in, people of a western society) believe that the way we approach development is correct because of our way of thinking, but this in actuality is not the case.
Kate recommended that I just focus on the dam situation in Ethiopia (dams are used to generate revenue from the power it generates from Ethiopia’s water sources) since I already have a lot of previous research done in that area. I plan on tying this to Escobar’s concept of visibility.
The more text I read for the class, the closer I get to the conclusion that I am unable to come up with a “correct” solution or even a “correct” process to find a solution, since there is no one general solution/alternative/process that can be used to solve a problem. I’ve decided that the presentation of my research will just end with a summary of things to consider when developing solutions to solve problems like Ethiopia’s and others.