Oceanic matters: Call for papers, AAG 2015

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, 21-25 April 2015

Session organisers: Catherine Phillips (University of Queensland) c.phillips2@uq.edu.au; Leah Gibbs (University of Wollongong) leah@uow.edu.au

This session aims to advance oceanic geographies that push in directions less ‘landlocked’ (Steinberg 2001; Anderson and Peters 2014) and more lively (Lambert et al. 2006) to examine the materiality and politics of oceans. Despite the flourishing in recent years of ‘more-than-human’ and material approaches, oceans and associated creatures have only recently come to the fore in a selection of analyses (see Bear and Eden 2008; Probyn 2011). Likewise, ocean geographies have largely neglected the materiality of the sea. This inattention to human-ocean relations and ocean materiality is puzzling given that oceans are central to so many pressing debates, including biodiversity protection, food security, climate change, water pollution and scarcity, and invasive species control. Such ocean crises highlight questions about cultures of living with/in marine environs, and processes of governance.

This CfP aims to shed new light on oceanic geographies: how they are co-produced through inclusions and exclusions, their regions and flows, and the politics that play out through them. We welcome papers that approach more-than-human ocean relations from diverse disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological positions. We invite papers that address any (or a combination) of the following questions:

  • How does our research change when watery-places become lively, and multiple creatures and elements – including but not limited to humans – are taken into account?
  • How are we currently, and how will we, manage the challenges of living with (and without) particular ocean species, forces and elements?
  • How are understandings of ocean space, time and belonging changing? How might a more-than-human approach shape understandings?
  • How might we best approach more-than-human oceanic encounters in terms of politics, political action, and/or policy?
  • How do empirical studies illustrate power relations and/or policy enactments related to oceans?
  • What might an oceanic, more-than-human politics look like?
  • What are the benefits and limitations of a more-than-human oceans approach?
  • What are the implications of such an oceanic geography for research methodology?
  • What might be the future directions for oceanic geography scholarship?

Submission requirements: Please email your abstract (of no more than 250 words) with your expression of intent to register to Catherine Phillips (c.phillips2@uq.edu.au ) on or before 1 November 2014. If you have already registered for the AAG, please include your PIN. For further information on AAG submissions see: http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/call_for_papers


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