From Zygmunt Baumann's 'liquid modernity' to Epeli Hau‛ofa's 'ocean within us' to Allan Sekula's 'ocean swimmer', there is another way of thinking the present that treats liquidity as our current condition. Issue 4 of Reading Room invites contributions that address our liquid state, whether as a tool to rethink nation, or as a means to envisage new notions of connectivity and mobility, or as a metaphor for being, or quite literally as a focus for thinking about water as both medium and essential resource.

Editors: Christina Barton, Natasha Conland, Wystan Curnow.