Listening to Bodies of Water
This paper is a plea for acknowledging the pluriverse through the act of listening. I use the Rhine river as an example. I live beside the Rhine, which is currently one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Contemporary water crises such as this one and poor water management are both caused and implemented by the One-World World—that is, the Euro-modern world with its single set of world-making practices. Using Astrida Neimanis’ onto-logic framework of amniotics, I explore the connections between bodies of water through my own body of water/while being a body of water myself. I then suggest listening as a technique to embody the hydrocommons. I argue that listening is a way of knowing, which can enable us to make kin with the river and allows us access to the polyphonies of the river.