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Ocean in Excess CfP for 2020 Denver AAG Meeting

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Reconfiguring and reconceptualising ocean geographies: oceanic excess, extensions and expansions

Convened by Kimberley Peters, University of Liverpool; Philip Steinberg, Durham University, UK.

What is the ocean and how do we study and understand it as geographers? This session is aimed at exploring this question by reconfiguring and reconceptualising ocean geographies through the themes of ‘excess’, ‘extension’ and ‘expansion’. Building on our 2019 paper, ‘The Ocean in Excess: Towards a More-than-Wet Ontology’, we invite papers, poems, creative engagements, short films, or other outputs that offer critical perspectives on the ocean as a more-than-wet, more-than-liquid space.

This session aims to evoke an ocean that is not only liquid, but an ocean that is solid (ice) and air (mist), an ocean that is held within us, in our body and skin; in the air we breathe, or food we consume and can stretch beyond us, and beyond the ‘blue’ of the map; an ocean that manifests itself beyond he liquid through plants, through sea-churned trash; an ocean that resonates through the immaterial, in the imagination, in text, film, books.

In short, this session seeks to explore how thinking of the ocean in ways that exceeds its liquid materiality can help us better understand the reach, influence, importance and threats of our oceans, to human and more-than-human life, to our planet.

Themes for contributions to this session could include but are not limited to:

  • Manifestations of ‘oceaness’ in non-liquid spaces – towns and cities; deserts; forests; ice environments; on plates of food; in living rooms, in trash heaps or gardens;
  • Examples of the ocean in shifting states (solid and gas, as well as liquid);
  • Reflections on oceans from non-Western perspectives that help imagine dominant ocean knowledges and narratives differently, with a start point which is not oriented to colonial histories;
  • Technological data doubles of the ocean via technological advances in mapping and observations;
  • Oceans manifest in more-than-human life; from the microbes to mammals;
  • The ocean as ‘sound’ and / or ‘music’, a space that emits soundings, but also as a space that evokes and inspires sound and musical interpretations;
  • The ocean in excess as smell – how oceanic odours come ashore, or may bcaptured and canned synthetically;
  • Oceanic extensions through taste. How do we taste oceans beyond bounded blue spaces on maps? How does a taste for the ocean create new ocean networks of trade of fish on shore? How does taste and consumption shape our health?;
  • How the ocean is more-than-liquid through storying and narratives, via poems and pose.

Please send abstracts of no more 250 words to Kimberley Peters (kimberley.peters@liverpool.ac.uk ) and Philip Steinberg (philip.steinberg@durham.ac.uk ) by Wednesday 9th October 2019. Details about attending the conference are available from the AAG website: https://www2.aag.org/aagannualmeeting/

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