Message posted on 24/05/2023

4S Panel 132: Knowing the Ocean

Dear all,

We invite you to submit your work to our open panel on “Knowing the Ocean: Knowledge production practices and interventions in and for the endangered ocean” at the upcoming 4S conference this November in Honolulu. We are planning to host the session hybrid so please do considering sending something in even if you can’t be there in-person. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, May 26. You can submit your abstracts via the following link:

We look forward to reading your submissions! Stay wavey~ Best, also on behalf of Sarah-Rose and Francesco, Jackie

  1. Knowing the Ocean: Knowledge production practices and interventions in and for the endangered ocean Jacqueline Ashkin, Leiden University; Sarah Rose Bieszczad, Leiden University; Francesco Colona, Radboud University With climate in breakdown, knowledge production systems are faced with the challenge of understanding how the global ocean system is changing in response to anthropogenic factors and to what extent this newly generated knowledge can inform ocean management decisions. Governance bodies oftentimes present knowledge and informed intervention in unidirectional and normative fashion: policy ambitions, e.g. the UN Decade of Ocean Science, contain the underlying assumption that better knowledge creates improved conditions for decision-making. But whose knowledge(s) about the ocean are included in these interventions, and in what forms? How are certain (disciplinary, expert, local) knowledges valued, and in what (political, economic, historical) contexts does this privileging of certain knowledges over others arise and/or become reinforced? Building on these questions, we explore how their corresponding knowledge production practices and interventions navigate potential tensions arising from the need to 'acknowledge catastrophe' while nevertheless 'imagining possibility' (Tsing et. al. 2019) for oceanic futures. This panel welcomes contributions that engage with the complex dimensions of knowledge production practices for intervening in an endangered ocean on an increasingly damaged planet, whether historically or in contemporary practice. These contributions may concern, but are not limited to, interventions on issues such as: coastal adaptation, aquaculture and fisheries, marine conservation and restoration, marine geoengineering, resource extraction, and renewable energy production. We encourage contributions making different perspectives visible, including those of local and indigenous peoples, policymakers, scientists, and others, while also acknowledging the more-than-human socio-materialities embedded within these knowledge production practices and interventions in and for the endangered ocean.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Ashkin PhD Candidate ERC-funded project FluidKnowledge CWTS, Leiden University [cid:image001.png@01D98E32.6601E710] | [cid:image002.png@01D98E32.6601E710] |

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