The 7th World Water Source Summit


Unruly Water:

Envisioning Future Risks in Liquid/Solid/Gaseous Forms

The 7th World Water Source Summit



Proposed by Oriental Danology Institute

China’s independent think tank on eco-solutions 

 Sponsored by Shanghai Office, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung







3月22日 上海会议 【Shanghai Meeting】

3月8-12日 云南现场调查 【Fieldtrip in Yunnan】



As an experimental and innovative platform for global water crisis and potential risks management, the World Water Source Summit was initiated by global think tanks, university consortiums, policy makers, entrepreneurs, artists, engineers and designers in 2015, with the support of Qinghai Tibetan Yushu Prefecture – origin of Three Great Asia Rivers, Shanghai Municipal Government, Oriental Danology Institute, Hengduan Mountain Research Institute, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung(Shanghai Office), Shanghai Free Trade Zone and UN environmental networks, etc.








The WWSS dedicates itself to the cause of depicting drastic recent changes in Earth’s water sources, by conducting multi-disciplinary researches regarding water shortage, water footprint, global virtual water footprint, water management, water pollution, wastewater treatment and cryosphere conservation through technology transfer, art campaign and ecological education programs in different essential global watersheds. The WWSS has established consistent cooperation networks with Qianghai Tibetan region Three Great Rivers National Park, Brazilian Amazon region, Chilean Andes Indigenous Groups, Greater Mekong Sub-region, China Sipsongpanna rainforest region, Tibetan glaciers and Hengduan mountain regions, China Yangtze Delta Region through more than 100 organizations, universities, NGOs and think tanks. 







The 7th WWSS in 2021 intends to address the daunting tasks of global water crisis by focusing on following thematic topics through originative researches, innovative water management methods, field sites based ecological education projects and region specific wastewater treatment solution toolkits:





The Vanishing Global Cryosphere: Glaciers, Ice Sheets, and Rising Seas 




The 7th WWSS invites important partners to keep the momentum of documenting and diagnosing the alarming evidences of an accelerating meltdown, including the permafrost thawing, declining summer sea ice, crumbling ice sheets. The 6th WWSS has cooperated with artists and scientists from Nordic countries to highlight the contingencies of scientific researches through diverse approaches, making it accessible for wider public in Shanghai; our one-month experimental eco-theater projects, in collaboration with China Maritime Museum, Shanghai Natural Museum, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Fengxian Museum, has redefined new ways of environmental campaign efforts. 






The 7th WWSS will organize more eco-theaters and exhibition projects with Shanghai partners to contextualize the present-day change with a sense of urgency and contingency. In 2020, with the support of Norwegian consulate in Shanghai, the WWSS committee and ODI established Hi Young Arctic and Ocean Innovative Education Center to facilitate ongoing and consistent ocean education and conservation projects. 

       世界水源地峰会将凭借其《丝路植物人文地理》的会刊,以及Shanghai Eco-Now Theater上海生态现场实验剧的跨界展演模式,持续和青少年、决策层、设计圈、产业圈和商业圈讨论跨界视阈融合的机会和联合环保的机会。




Decarbonize our future energy use and Diminish Our Global Water Footprints



As China embraces a new “dual spiral circulation economy” by mapping out a new socialist scape through the ambitious 14th five year plan, as it is reintegrating several massive scale waterborne economy mechanisms such as Yangtze Delta Region, Pan-Bohai Economic Region, Pearl River Delta, Greater Mekong Sub-region,Coastal and Landlocked Transnational Free Trade Zones, Canton-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Gulf Region. 


It’s essential to explore the public perceptions of current and future energy mixes in China and beyond, as we tend to underestimate contributions of oil and natural gas, at the same time overestimate contributions of solar and wind to the current national energy mix, even though there is a shared vision of a decarbonized future energy mix by the time of 2035. 



In the context of this discourse, one of the key approaches to mitigate climate change is to facilitate the middle-level policy makers and stakeholders to explore potential ways for tapping varying mixes of renewable energy and at the same time developing bottom-up mode of carbon capture and storage innovations, including low water footprint economy toolkits and lifestyle, as we grapping with political incongruences, systematic biases and institutional misfits.  


Risks in Liquid/Gaseous/solid Forms: Reflecting Precarity in Liquidity Modernity 


Water is both unruly and domesticated, ordinary and anomalous, it is the only substances in three states, as a universal solvent, it keep dissolving many ominous risks into eco-nightmares, including salt, lead, fluoride, uranium and hexavalent chromium. Water is also highly philosophical and paradoxical matter, giving endless inspirations for artistic creations, which is conducive for spawning new ideas. In Dante’s Devine Comedy, the Infernal River is fed by tears of human suffering and become more contaminated, this is especially true in COVID-19 annus horribilis, which making it contingent for us to contemplate human contradictions and processing the grief over the loss of lives. As we building up more megalopolis, we need to be cautious of microplastics unleashed by human activities into the seas and horrendous pollutions when people dying for a drink.



In order to address the world’s water need in a fair and effective way, The 7th WWSS needs to invite global strategists, artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs, campaigners, engineers – regional, national and international – to work with local communities and local experts who are confronting the risks on a day to day basis.


Water reflects who we are and where are we from – when we are consider and defining ourselves as aqua homo sapiens due to the aqua-tecture binding us together -- it shows our blind spots, weakness, common destiny and our hidden potentials. 






Risks in Liquid/Gaseous/solid Forms: Reflecting Precarity and Shanshui Aquatecture in Liquidity Modernity 



Neganthropocene and Multisensory Society: Soundscape Ritual for Bernard Stiegler 


负人类纪与集韵社会——对斯蒂格勒逝去的“声思”【ODI Sound Like Project Experimental Musicology Group】


 Recursivity and Contingency: Cosmotechnics and Metaphilosophy of Eco-tragedy (when digital objects abound, is landscape city possible?)


水的声音地形学——对Yuk Hui山水概念的综合介绍和声音装置阐释

Yuk Hui studied Computer Engineering and Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong and Goldsmiths College in London, with a focus on philosophy of technology. Before joining SCM, he taught at the Bauhaus University in Weimar at the institute of philosophy of the Leuphana University Lüneburg where he also wrote his habilitation thesis in philosophy. Since 2015 he has been a visiting professor (with qualification of PhD supervision) at the China Academy of Art, where he co-teaches a master class with Bernard Stiegler. Previous to that, he was a research associate at the Center for Digital Cultures at the Leuphana University, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and a visiting scientist at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin


BRICS in disintegration? Reflection upon the interstellar ecological regime and “nostalgia order” in BRICS apparatus


Petras Shelton Zumpano and Zhou Lei



Petras Shelton-Zumpano is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne, where he is a Latin American Studies tutor; he also co-founded Oriental Danology Institute and BRICS FUTURE together with ZHOU Lei, who graduated from LSE, Yunnan University and Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center, focusing on cognitive anthropology, anthropology of design and education. 


Critique and cultural analysis of Pure “Ecological Reason”: The legacy of Kant on ecological issues



Luo Xiao Ming, assistant research fellow, program in cultural studies at Shanghai University



 The Vanishing Global Cryosphere



Danish Innovation Center, Norway Consulate in Shanghai, Tara Ocean Foundatation, ODI Ocean Project (Hi Young Ocean Innovation Center)



The vanishing global cryosphere: documentary and panel discussions



Ocean Challenge: 10 eco-solutions from young generation for global cryosphere disaster



China’s Melting Sacredness and the Un-icethatched World: Fieldwork and chronological reports on China’s melting glaciers






Yang Yong, WWSS Leading Scientist, Director of HENGDUAN Mountain Institute, geologist, explorer and environmental activist. His expedition to the source of the Yangtze and Jianggendiru Glacier has worldwide repercussions, as first of its kind original research on the third pole.]


China’s Anthropological knowledge on some “farfetched land”, such as cryosphere and peripheral cosmos 



水只有有无概念,而没有核心和边缘概念。水湄之水和江心之水,皆水也。我们不能只要“扬子江江心水”(《茶经》中认为最好的泡茶之水),不保护百川灌河之水。水有多态性,那些蒸发的水,也会回到水的母体,带着它周旋宇宙的信息。水昭示一种aqua kinship系统,可以沟通人与人,族群与族群,人与它类的定义鸿沟。长江学者纳日老师将继续展示它的独特生态人类学和语言人类学概念,我们用于黏合破碎的“地球肉身”。


Naren Bilik [Naran Bilik reveived his Ph.D. in Literature from Minzu University of China. His research areas are linguistic anthropology, ethnicity and race, culture change; minority education, Inner Asia study, and East Asia study. Professor. Bilik was the Bernstein Chair of Asian Studies and Anthropology, Carleton College in the United States from 2005 to 2009. He was the Head of Department of Sociocultural Anthropology of Institute of Ethnology & Anthropology, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (1996-2003). He is currently Distinguished Professor of Fudan University, Associate Dean of Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, and China Ministry of Education Changjiang Chair Professor at Guizhou Normal College.]



Decarbonize our future energy use and Diminish Our Global Water Footprints Water source and geography based agricultural practices: a case with Jilin Province





Liu Chuang, Professor, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Duotian (垛田) Raised wetland fields: a floating “Eden” and an architecture suspended





Andong Lu, Andong Lu is Professor in Architecture and Urbanism, Nanjing University. He completed his PhD at Darwin College, University of Cambridge, and was a Fellow of Wolfson College. He has published widely in academic journals, including the Journal of Architecture, AD, arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, Time + Architecture and World Architecture, etc. 



Phenomenon Based Education and LYCEUM Eco-community in Shanghai/Hangzhou: one case study on new ecological alternative in urban cities


China PI Innovative Education Center, Shanghai.


This agenda is annotated and designed by ZHOU Lei: a writer, playwright and an anthropologist, he is the co-founder of Oriental Danology Institute and president of academic committee (WWSS)