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Coexisting with underwater worlds 
Kirsi Sonck-Rautio (University of Turku)
Malgorzata Zofia Kowalska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
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Saturday 10 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

We invite proposals discussing joint histories of human and underwater worlds. We are particularly interested in learning about past and emerging relations between humans and nonhumans in the world-production processes, and the way they affect the politics of climate change worldwide.

Long Abstract:

Water bodies are uncertain environments for human beings; we usually know very little about what lies beneath and below, and how we should manage the unknown. With environmental crises like climate change, biodiversity loss, and marine plastic waste, the uncertainty regarding the underwater is ever-increasing. At the same time, new possibilities for imagining "environmentally engaged humanity" (Tsing 2013) and relating to non-humans are being opened in science, art, and beyond.

In this panel, we wish to explore how humans have related to the underwater worlds while being particularly interested in learning about relations different than that of exploitation or dominance. Do we see those worlds (or their particular constituents) as alien, unwanted, or native and worth protecting? How do we protect or care about them, and how is this protection justified?

We also want to discuss the ways we can research the multispecies social relations that constitute and make the underwater worlds possible, and whether practical engagement in such research can indeed help us to reposition the human and the non-human as entangled and codependent.

We invite papers that address the co-existence and joint histories of human and underwater worlds from any field of discipline, but we are especially interested in multispecies studies, environmental humanities, and political ecology.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Saturday 10 June, 2023, -