Message posted on 01/12/2023

CfP - Open Panel ‘Marine Transformations’ at the EASST-4S Conference, 2023 in Amsterdam

Dear all,

We are very excited to have a panel on Marine STS at the upcoming EASST-4S joint conference. We would like to invite abstract proposals to our open panel in the next joint EASST-4S Conference, which will take place in Amsterdam between the 16th and 19th of July, 2024. The deadline for submission is on the 12th of February, 2024. Find below the abstract to our panel. More information about the conference and the submission can be found following this link. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding the panel and the topic!

Title: Marine Transformations: Exploring the technoscience behind our changing relationship with the seas

Shorth abstract: Human actions both imperil and promise to save the oceans. How do technoscientific enterprises contribute to transforming human-ocean relations? This panel invites contributions which explore the more-than-human, technoscientific and ethicopolitical dimensions of knowing and relating to the ocean

Abstract: The worlds oceans are in peril. Phenomena such as acidification, eutrophication, temperature increase, and pollution put many marine ecosystems, and the diverse creatures and processes that compose them, under massive strain. Faced with this conundrum, many societal actors argue for a radical transformation of our relationship with the ocean, away from current models of over-extraction and damage towards futures of mutual care and respect. Such transformation requires subverting existing narratives of economic growth and colonization of marine environments while developing a new set of technoscientific devices for the exploration, scaling, and regulation of new modes of more-than-human relating. The backbone of marine transformations is formed by myriad technoscientific enterprises and cross-sectoral collaborations that can both raise ambitious amounts of funding and establish broad consensus among stakeholders. Furthermore, many of such enterprises remain highly speculative and their actual contribution to preserving the future of marine ecosystems is still a matter of debate. This session will contribute to the rapidly developing area of marine STS by bringing together scholars interested in critically exploring the novel epistemic and technical features required to transform ways of knowing and relating to the ocean. Potential themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical and methodological advancements in the social study of more-than-human marine relations.
  • Investigations of the cross-sectoral collaborations involved in marine transformations: public administrations, industry, civil society, academia, indigenous and marginalized communities, and/or the public(s), among others.
  • Analyses of the different approaches to technoscientific intervention in marine environments (e.g. conservation, restoration, geoengineering, but also extraction, exploitation) and the ethicopolitical engagements they enact.
  • Analyses of novel productive engagements with the seas and its inhabitants, from biomaterials (e.g. cosmetic products, build new reefs) to regenerative aquaculture.
  • Explorations of initiatives centering on expanding engagement with the sea, its current perils, and future promises We look forward to your proposals!

Best regards,

Sebastin, Jackie, Elis and Jose

Jose A. Caada (they/them) University Researcher Centre for the Social Study of Microbes University of Helsinki Profile at Research Portal

Caada, J.A., Sariola, S. & Butcher, A. 2022. In critique of anthropocentrism: a more-than-human framework for antimicrobial resistance. Medical Humanities 48(4), e16.

Butcher, A., Caada, J.A. & Sariola, S. 2021. How to make noncoherent problems more productive: Towards an AMR management plan for low resource livestock sectors. Humanit Soc Sci Commun 8, 287.

Caada, J.A. 2021. Scalability and partial connections in tackling antimicrobial resistance in West Africa. Chapter in With Microbes. Brives, C., Rest, M. & Sariola, S. (Eds.). London: Mattering Press.


Centre for the Social Study of Microbes University of Helsinki PO18, 00014 Helsinki


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