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Navigating the sea: an (un)common space of transformations and horizon for hopeful futures 
Marta Gentilucci (Centre Universitaire de formation et de recherche de Mayotte)
Raffaele Maddaluno (University of Rome La Sapienza)
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Georgeta Stoica (Centre Universitaire de Recherche et Formation (CUFR) de Mayotte)
6 College Park (6CP), 01/037
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

In the indeterminacy triggered by the current crises, does the sea have the transformative potentialities to spark the way to alternative hopeful futures? This panel invites theoretical and ethnographical contributions that reflect on the capacity of the sea to challenge the land-based perspectives.

Long Abstract:

The sea has always been a vehicle of transformation in a capitalist economy: an (un)common and radical space where the great challenges for hegemony take place. Recently, maritime trade ensured an acceleration in the exchange and transport of goods; activity that affects the way we perceive time and space and unifies historically dense and heterogeneous places. Devastation and exploitation of the maritime environment are the effects of anthropogenic “overheating” (Eriksen, 2018), at the same time, the signals highlighting the central role of the sea in processes of ecological, economic, and scientific transition, as reflected by the Blue Economy framework.

The indeterminacy of current crises force us to recalibrate our expectations for the future as communities and individuals (Bryant, Knight 2019). There is an urgent need for an ethnographic investigation of transformative practices starting from those spaces capable of triggering alternative thinking. The sea seems to us an ideal -scape to observe processes of uncertainty, resistance and unexpected imaginative drives, due to its intrinsic capacity to generate counter-narratives.

Going beyond an idea of maritime space as an arena of expansive capitalism, this panel invites reflections on the generative capacities of the sea as a "theory machine" (Helmreich, 2011).

-Is it possible to assume the sea as an ethnographic fieldwork from which to investigate issues of conservation, sustainability, climate change?

-How does the materiality of the sea affect the land-based temporalities and spatialities (Steinberg, Peters, 2015; 2019)? 

-Does the sea have the transformative potentialities to spark the way to alternative hopeful futures?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -