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In this themed issue we have taken up this challenge: to interrogate and hopefully shift the terms of the current scholarly debate on water. Instead of focusing solely on water management and governance through a feminist perspective, we opted for featuring works that bring back cultural, philosophical and literary perspectives to the debate on water. In so doing, we aimed to build a bridge between the strand of research that focuses on water management and governance and which highlights the emergence and formation of subjectivities, either individual or collective, via water. This might be perceived as a matter of opening up new analytical—and hence methodological—possibilities. While this is certainly the case, we would like to suggest that the stakes are also epistemological, in that the texts featured in this issue all intervene in how we conceptualise water, and ourselves in relation to water. By interrogating the formation of subjectivities, bodies and communities, starting with water, we begin to sketch a mode of analysis that would consider how human histories, cultures and politics are constituted by way of water and how they employ water.


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