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Seminar/Call for Papers: Living with the Sea

Seminar/Call for Papers: Living with the Sea


Thu 28.10.2021–Wed 1.12.2021

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The 7th Annual Minority Seminar is organized in collaboration by the two ÅAU strategic profiling areas Minority Research and The Sea. The seminar Living with the Sea focuses on coastal regions and climate change and will hereby explore water as a space: as a space of movement and life/living, as a shared and disputed space, and as a space for politics, governance and justice.

This will entail investigating existing plurilegal regimes & governance, including critically in light of alternative visions and models, e.g. indigenous perspectives on human-water relations or the decentering of anthropocentric perspectives through object oriented ontologies, as well as climate justice.

The seminar will here adopt both a historical and a forward looking perspective, such as revisiting indigenous water-histories and probing future scenarios involving climate-related mobility. Papers can be presented either at a plenary session which will take place 6-7th of April or specifically at a doctoral seminar that will take place on 8th of April.

Paper proposals can focus on:

– climate and spatial justice
– water as a space of movement and mobility
– water governance and plurilegal regimes
– rising and receding sea levels
– coastal regions, islands, archipelagos and archipelago communities
– political ecology
– water histories and water knowledges
– visions and narratives of human-water relations
– questions related to belonging and to the understanding to the changing nature
– water as common/commodified resource/space
– marine spacial planning

Confirmed speakers and commentators are:

Rikke Becker Jakobbsen, Aalborg University
Kristin Ilves, University of Helsinki
Timo Koivurova, University of Lapland
Hélène Mayrand, University of Sherbrooke
Christopher Raymond, University of Helsinki
Liselotte Viaene, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Laura Hollsten, Åbo Akademi University
Nina Tynkkynen, Åbo Akademi University
May-Britt Öhman, Uppsala University

Guide for contributors:

Interested participants should submit abstracts no longer than 300 words through the registration form by December 1st, 2021. Please indicate whether the paper is submitted preferably to a plenary session or a doctoral session.

Due to the Covid-19 situation and global uncertainty it causes, we strive to organize the conference as a hybrid event and make it accessible both face to face and online. This hybrid model gives us flexibility in case the pandemic will continue to impact opportunities for traveling and face-to-face participation. We will provide more information on the possibilities for online participation in early 2022. The organizers are unfortunately unable to aid in either travel or accommodation arrangements or the cost of travel or accommodation.

Important dates:

Deadline for submission: December 1st, 2021
Notification of acceptance: January 15th, 2021
Deadline for registration: March 1st, 2022

We look forward to seeing you in Åbo!

For enquiries concerning abstracts and conference presentations please contact Pamela Slotte, Magdalena Kmak, or Anna Törnroos-Remes.

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