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Making and doing oceanic futures: mobilising the ocean and its materialities between hope and loss 
Francesco Colona (Leiden University)
Judit Varga (Leiden University)
Sarah Rose Bieszczad (Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University)
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Francesco Colona (Leiden University)
Judit Varga (Leiden University)
Sarah Rose Bieszczad (Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University)
Amade Aouatef M'charek (University of Amsterdam)
Combined Format Open Panel
Tuesday 16 July, -, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Amsterdam
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Short Abstract:

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.

Long Abstract:

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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Session 1 Tuesday 16 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Tuesday 16 July, 2024, -
Session 3 Tuesday 16 July, 2024, -