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Ocean, waves

Ocean's forms: process, structure, and imagination at sea

Co-presented with the Sydney Environment Institute
This seminar will gather insights from philosophy, marine geoscience, art, and literature to explore how different ways of knowing the sea have informed one another, and how they might inform one another in the future.

Event details

Event type: Panel
Date: Tuesday 8 May 2018
Time: 6 - 7.30pm
Venue: Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School (F10), Eastern Avenue
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Void. Mirror. Sanctuary. Habitat. Drowned Earth. Saltwater country. These represent a tiny fraction of the ideas and images the ocean has been seen to express. Science can explain how waves activate oceanic forms, and how those forms affect lives, sands, reefs, and coastlines.

Through poetry and art, it’s possible to witness how waves and other sea-structures have stimulated imaginations to move beyond the limits of the shore. Truly thinking past terrestrial boundaries requires new connections among ethics, natural science, and creative practice.

The Speakers:

  • Dr Killian Quigley, postdoctoral research fellow at the Sydney Environment Institute. He completed his PhD in English at Vanderbilt University in 2016. He convenes the Reading Environments group at the University of Sydney, and is at work on a poetic and aesthetic history of the ocean entitled Seascape and the Submarine.
  • Ana Vila Concejo, Associate Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney. She is the Deputy Director of One Tree Island Research Station and in 2011 was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to support coral reefs morphodynamics research and to continue studies into the dynamics of coral sands.
  • Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther, Associate Professor at the University of California, philosopher, scientist, and explorer. He is currently developing a philosophy of the oceans, addressing the interrelating interests of humanity and the environment and how best to move forward as conditions on our planet radically change.
  • Susan Reid (chair), PhD candidate in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, where she is researching ocean justice, relationalities and juridical imaginaries. 

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