This panel explores the ocean as an object of study and concern in various
knowledge and artistic practices. It queries how oceanic futures are entangled
with hope and loss and how these futures intersect with socio-political,
scientific, economic, industrial and ecological processes.
The ocean is a space of wonder and expectation; exploration and extraction;
unknowns and knowledge generation, hope and loss. It also continues to emerge
as an obligatory passage point in the making of local and global futures: from
discovering and studying ocean ecosystem(s) as crucially relevant for global
climate futures, to envisioning the ocean as a cradle of hope offering
resources to solve incumbent socio-environmental emergencies, or acknowledging
it as a theatre of shipwrecks where hopes for a better life are lost. By
exploring how the ocean creates hope and loss, we aim to engage with the
making and doing of oceanic futures and how they intersect with
socio-political, ecological, and scientific processes.
Efforts to re-wild (almost) extinct biogenic reefs in temperate seas rely
simultaneously on knowing their past, understanding existing biodiversity, and
hoping for increased ecosystem services. Mining polymetallic nodules from the
deep oceans is motivated by a race towards green energy futures, while
simultaneously threatening crucial biodiversity. Forced and deadly journeys of
refugees across seas, oftentimes on fragile, make-shift vessels, must struggle
against the force of seas on as well as cruel political calculations by
European governments. We explore: how are oceans and their materialities
variously mobilised in relation to political, social, industrial, economic and
climatic concerns? How do pasts, presents and futures unfold through such
mobilisations? How do diverse actors who participate in such mobilisations
negotiate the relevance of their practices? And, how do our own knowledge
practices shape such mobilisations?
This panel welcomes traditional presentations and artistic contributions (e.g.
performances, films, or spoken words), and invites interventions about the
ocean as an object of study and an object of concern, including social studies
of ocean and environmental sciences, studies of what are traditionally
considered non-scientific knowledge practices, artistic practices, indigenous
knowledge, and citizen science.
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Dr. Francesco Colona
Marie Skodowska-Curie Research Fellow
Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)