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

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 30
Organizers: Madeleine Gustavsson, Christine Knott
Chairs: Christine Knott


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 explore feminist futures for the oceans in these two sessions. Building on a series of panels on ‘Fishy Feminisms’ at the MARE conference in 2019 where we sought to explore the fisheries field beyond “gender = women”, these sessions continue this work by exploring various feminist approaches in marine and fisheries contexts more broadly. The sessions, organised as part of Ocean Frontiers Institute’s (OFI) Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) project, aim to build a network, to carry out a dialogue across disciplines, methods and frameworks. In these two paper sessions we seek to engage with 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 the inequities of oceans, lives and economies.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Marysia Szymkowiak*, , Melissa Rhodes-Reese, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Examining fisheries access and upward mobility through a gendered lens 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Sallie Lau*, University of Washington, Annet Pauwelussen*, Wageningen University, Forest and Nature Conservation Group, On the necessity and applicability of feminist theory in marine social science: a critical review 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Madeleine Gustavsson*, Ruralis, Fishing businesses, women's entrepreneurship and the performance femininity 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Sherry Pictou*, Dalhousie University, An Indigenous Feminist Perspective: Gender and Indigenous Governance (lessons for marine related social science and policy directions), 15 2:15 PM
Discussant Christine Knott 15 2:30 PM

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