Lecture 'Toward a Critical Ocean Studies for the Anthropocene'

For whom
Students, Employees, Alumni, Press
When
21-10-2019 from 11:00 to 12:30
Where
Auditorium 1 Jan Broeckx, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Department of Literary Studies (English Section)
Contact
stef.craps@ugent.be
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Lecture by Prof. Elizabeth DeLoughrey (UCLA), a leading postcolonial ecocritic and a co-editor of the journal Environmental Humanities

Scholars have called for a critical ocean studies for the 21st century and have fathomed the oceanic depths in relationship to submarine immersions, multispecies others, feminist and Indigenous epistemologies, wet ontologies, and the acidification of an Anthropocene ocean. The concepts of fluidity, flow, routes, and mobility have been emphasized over terms such as blue water navies, mobile offshore bases, high-seas exclusion zones, sea lanes of communication, and maritime choke points. Yet this strategic military grammar is equally vital for a 21st-century critical ocean studies for the Anthropocene. Because it does not lend itself to an easy poetics, the militarization of the seas is overlooked in both scholarship and literature emerging from what is increasingly called the blue humanities. This lecture turns to the relationship between global climate change and the US military, and examines Indigenous challenges to the militarism of the Pacific in the poetry of Craig Santos Perez.