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Feminist approaches to marine social science 2: Methodologies and ways of understanding gender, oceans and economies

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Coastal and Marine Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (MDT)
Room: Plaza Ballroom D, Sheraton, Concourse Level
Organizers: Madeleine Gustavsson, Christine Knott
Chairs: Madeleine Gustavsson


Feminist theory has a long history of informing gendered aspects of fisheries and other marine industries– although marginal within the context of marine and fisheries research more broadly. In light of recent shifts from sectoral perspectives to that of understanding the ‘ocean’ in a more holistic light (e.g. embodied in ideas around the Blue Economy), we want to go beyond fisheries to explore feminist futures for the oceans. These two sessions, building on a series of panels on ‘Fishy Feminisms’ at the MARE conference in Amsterdam 2019 where we sought to move the fisheries field beyond “gender = women”, explores various feminist approaches in marine and fisheries contexts more broadly. In these two paper sessions we seek to explore questions related to past, presents and futures of the sea, its governance, those living above and below the sea surface (people, fish and other marine beings), land-sea interactions as well as practical and theoretical questions around the future sustainability and equity of the sea. Papers will include discussions around marine industries, feminist theories of ocean space, marine governance, marine conservation, sustainability, gender relations and the sea as well as more-than-human perspectives and equity/justice issues. The first session focus on situated knowledges at the intersections between (more-than-human) lifeworlds and governance. The second session focus on methodologies and ways of understanding gendering of oceans, lives and economies.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Amelia Duffy-Tumasz*, Temple University, Scaling non-binary approaches to gender in policymaking datasets 15 9:35 AM
Presenter Sallie Lau*, University of Washington, Be water: Fiction as a feminist research means to envision coastal futures 15 9:50 AM
Presenter Christine Knott*, , Barbara Neis, Memorial University, Nicole Power, Memorial University, Feminists Theorizing Fisheries: Roots and Futures 15 10:05 AM
Discussant Madeleine Gustavsson Ruralis 8 10:20 AM
Discussant Christine Knott 7 10:28 AM

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