Sustaining Seas: Oceanic Space and the Politics of Care

May 8, 2020  14:30 - 16:30

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Hosted by: Sydney Environment Institute

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Sydney Environment Institute invites you to celebrate the publication of Sustaining Seas: Oceanic Space and the Politics of Care, edited by Elspeth Probyn, Kate Johnston, and Nancy Lee with this interdisciplinary academic panel.

'Sustaining Seas' foregrounds conversations across, and within, several disciplines, including practitioners of different specialities (artists, writers, planners, policy makers) about how to sustain the seas, as they sustain us. The book takes the reader in different directions, and sometimes into whirlpools of historical fact, fictions, and legal frictions. Sustaining Seas assumes that understanding complexity, including social, cultural, colonial, ecological and economic interconnections, is crucial to any interrogation of the marine human.

Join the editors, and contributing authors Alana Mann, Adriana Vergés and Amaia Sánchez-Velasco in a panel discussion moderated by Tess Lea, followed by a Q&A.

We have partnered with HostCo to develop a menu that includes a selection of canapes using sustainably and ethically sourced fish.


Tess Lea (Moderator) is an Associate Professor who specialises in the anthropology of policy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), University of Sydney.

Alana Mann is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), University of Sydney.

Elspeth Probyn is Professor of Gender & Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Selling the Seas, her current research project funded by the ARC, uses urban fish markets as localised optics into ever widening global problems.

Amaia Sánchez-Velasco is an architect and educator, co-founder of Grandeza Studio, an architectural collective that operates between the fields of spatial practice, design, cultural production and pedagogical explorations.

Adriana Vergés is a Associate Professor and marine ecologist based at UNSW Sydney. Her research focuses on the ecological impacts of climate change in our oceans and how to develop restoration solutions to rewild our coastlines.

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Michelle Voyer is a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong.

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