“CONVERSATIONS WITH PLANET OCEAN: Plastic pollution and the common heritage of humankind.”

“CONVERSATIONS WITH PLANET OCEAN: Plastic pollution and the common heritage of humankind.”


Venue: Bristol University, 15 Woodland Road, BS8 1TE,
Weds 6 December, Room ARTS G66, 4pm. All Welcome.



This talk dismisses the idea that nature and culture are different and opposed phenomena. It brings the natural sciences and environmental humanities together by exploring the vast cultural backdrop that has spawned a globalisation of indifference. It concerns ecolinguistics, ecospirituality, ecocosmopolitanism, the transgressing of planetary boundaries, plastics as modern consumer products, their effects once in the environment and solutions. All welcome.

PhD project, “Speaking Sea: a creative writing poetry project exploring…”

See “Jobs” link for this wonderful opportunity:
PhD Studentship: Speaking Sea: a creative writing poetry project exploring marine sciences and the politics of marine conservation.

The sea is a vital resource and a source of mystery and wonder. Vast tracts of seabed are still unexplored and unmapped. The stories of many extraordinary marine-biological systems and organisms are still to be shared with the wider public. We invite applications from creative writing candidates who are fascinated by the sea, and the science of the sea, and who have demonstrable skills in writing poetry.

Closes on 2nd February 2015.

‘Sea Narratives’, symposium, 24 Jan 2014, Warwick University


‘Sea Narratives:
Travel & Mobility Studies’ Symposium

24 January 2014

Institute of Advanced Study, Millburn House, University of Warwick

Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs?
Where is your tribal memory? Sirs,
in that gray vault. The sea. The sea
has locked them up. The sea is History.

Derek Walcott, The Sea is History

This symposium aims to provide a forum for an interdisciplinary exchange on the theme of ‘sea narratives’, looking at how the sea has figured as an important site in different cultural and geographical contexts. We are interested in how humans have interacted with the sea through trade, labour, migration, leisure and exploration; how it has figured in national contexts as a site of geopolitical control; and how it has featured in the cultural imagination as a space of danger and the unknown, but also as a source of inspiration. Derek Walcott constantly returns to the sea in his poetry, linking it powerfully with a colonial history and struggles with the difficulty of retrieving the stories it holds. The artist Paul Morstad uses old maps for his canvases, on which fantastic creatures hover over geographic boundaries, raising questions about mapping the water world. This symposium takes these varied, contested and provocative ways in which the sea has been chronicled as its beginning and invites its speakers to present their own critical perspectives.


11.00 – 11.30: Welcome and coffee
11.30 – 1.30: Panel I: Making the sea: communities and connections
Jon Anderson (Cardiff) ‘Exploring the space between words and meaning: knowing the relational sensibility of surf spaces OR The sea is geography’
Will Wright (Sheffield), ‘Negotiating the tsunami: the sea, memory and communities of practice in south-eastern Sri Lanka’
Emma Spence (Cardiff) ‘“You can’t be on a boat and not explode when you get to land”. A study of maritime mobility in the South of France’

1.30 – 2.30: Lunch
2.30 – 4.30: Panel II: Narrating the sea: traveling texts
Michael Harrigan (Warwick), ‘Narrating the early modern French sea voyage to Asia: trajectory and text’
Elodie Duché (Warwick), ‘“A Sea of Stories”: Narratives of Capture at Sea During the Napoleonic Wars’
Barbara Franchi (Kent), ‘Travelling across Worlds and Texts in A. S. Byatt’s Sea Narratives’

4.30 – 5.00: Coffee and closing remarks

Attendance at the symposium is free and lunch is provided, but registration is essential: please use the online form.
Enquiries can be sent to: Charlotte Mathieson (c.e.mathieson@warwick.ac.uk) or Tara Puri (t.puri@warwick.ac.uk).

PDF poster here:  www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ias/current/networks/travelandmobility/events/symposium2014/sea_narratives.pdf

Pallin Glacier Tunnel, receding ice within the Arctic Circle, Sweden

Pallin Tunnel

Inside the ‘Pallin glacier’ tunnel, northern Sweden, exposed by melting ice…


‘Project Pressure’ aims to create the world’s first glacier archive, a visual time capsule using geo-tagged photographs to document the world’s vanishing glaciers in order to highlight the impact of climate change. In the video, members of the team explore a tunnel in the ‘Pallin glacier’, northern Sweden, which has become accessible as the melting glacier has receded.