Sustaining the seas has an exciting line up

Elspeth Probyn

Elspeth Probyn is Professor of Gender & Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She has taught media, cultural studies and sociology, and has held several prestigious visiting appointments around the world. Her work has helped to establish new areas of scholarship. She is the author of several ground-breaking monographs: on subjectivity and gender in cultural studies (Sexing the Self: Gendered Positions in Cultural Studies), on queer desire and belonging (Outside Belonging), on eating and identity (FoodSexIdentity), on affect and emotion (Blush: Faces on Shame). Her current research, Sustainable Fish: a material analysis of cultures of consumption & production (funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project) analyses the sustainability of the production and consumption of fish, or ‘more-than-human” sustainable fish communities, the results of which are published in a new book, Eating the Ocean (Duke University Press, 2016).


Introducing Complexity into Oceanic Spaces

In this opening talk, I want to consider some of the ways research is delving into the oceans’ beautiful complexities. I’ve previously borrowed the idea of a simplified sea from marine biology. The denotes how oceans are being stripped of biodiversity due to overfishing. My take is that in public debates our understanding of the seas is also being simplified – dumbed down we lose sight of the stunning intricacies of marine environments. Here I want to push the boat out to take on board experimentation and thinking in/with the wild seas. I hope to briefly map the athwart ways research across and within disciplines are creating fluid and generative entanglements.

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