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Ocean University

OCEAN / UNI Spring Semester

Ocean Commons – Reclaiming the common oceans

Dates
Biweekly on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm
Admission fee
Free of charge
FIRST SESSION

Wednesday, January 20 | 2-4pm

REGISTRATION

Online Registration

LANGUAGE

Lectures will be held in English

Ocean Commons – Reclaiming the common oceans inaugurates the second cycle of TBA21–Academy’s Ocean / Uni in 2021. This art–science educational initiative, open to the general public, offers 8 biweekly online sessions to delve further into investigations at the core of the research exhibition Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation, commissioned by TBA21–Academy, to re-open at Ocean Space in March 2021.

Latched to the launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030), Ocean / Uni invites exchange and debate to garner knowledges and stake out new perspectives on the oceans and their intractable destabilizations. "Ocean Commons – Reclaiming the common oceans" draws on a community of scholars, artists, practitioners, and ocean enthusiasts to think with the politics of the commons and the world of communal relations from within critical ocean studies and activist practices. To defend and reclaim the commons touches upon ethics of care and the threading of mutual bonds. This call is harnessed by people on the most divergent and intersecting fronts, to counter the sorcery of capital and commodification. But it also alerts us to the disturbing realization that while the commons may be figured as owned by all, this comes with the risk of being cared for by none.

The spring semester program "Ocean Commons – Reclaiming the common oceans" offers broad exposure to ecocritical voices that speak to non land-based worldviews, and bring into focus situated struggles, forms of resistance, indigenous knowledges, legislative imagination, and forms of care. The program consists of expert presentations, discussions, and close readings (see: Arpentage sessions) to build grounds for forms of thinking and practices that exceed mere notions of repair and repristination.

INFORMATION

Ocean / Uni’s format of study is centered around eight biweekly sessions to take place online on Zoom Platform and Ocean-Archive.org between January 20 and May 17, 2021.

The curriculum is open to:

  • Adults from any background and eager to engage in ecological, political, aesthetic, ethical, and scientific conversations around the futures of the oceans.

Ocean/ Uni will be held exclusively in English, so a good listening and speaking level is recommended to ensure a meaningful learning experience.

To expand on the questions and topics addressed within each Ocean/ Uni session, 4 extra online sessions of so-called "Arpentage" reading circles are offered as an experiment in collective learning, to deepen knowledge and activate the debate around specific ecocritical positions.

These reading circles are conceived as ways to engage the students in a more horizontal, non-hierarchical manner by using the methodology of the "arpentage", which has its roots in working-class culture (workers' circle), as an alternative pedagogy.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Participants are required to register for their attendance to the seminar online in a webinar format. You are welcome to register in advance for more than one session.

CALENDAR

  • Session 1 - Wednesday, January 20, 2–4 pm
    OCEAN JUSTICE: PEOPLE vs. ARCTIC OIL. With: Silje Ask Lundberg, chairman of Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature
    Session in collaboration with NTNU Trondheim
  • Session 2 - Wednesday, Feb 3, 4–6 pm
    OCEAN CARE - CARING FOR THE COMMONS
  • Reading session - Wednesday , February 10, 4–6 pm
  • Session 3 - Wednesday, February 17, 4–6 pm
    OCEAN LABOR
  • Reading session - Wednesday, February 24, 4–6 pm
  • Session 4 - Wednesday, March 10, 4–6 pm
    DEEP SEA MINING: THE FUTURE OF GREENWASHING
    Session in collaboration with NTNU Trondheim
  • Session 5 - Wednesday, March 24, 4–6 pm
    FLUID TERRITORIES
  • Reading session - Wednesday, March 31, 4–6 pm
  • Session 6 - Wednesday, 14 April, 4–6 pm
    SOUNDING BORDERLESS ENTANGLEMENTS
  • Session 7 - Wednesday, April 28, 4–6 pm
    MEDITERRANEAN ENCLOSURES
  • Reading session - Wednesday, May 5, 4–6 pm
  • Session 7 - Wednesday, 12 May, 4–6 pm
    OCEAN AS A METHOD

**Guest lecturers for all the sessions will be announced shortly**