More is known about the dark side of the moon than is known about the depths of the oceans. 90 per cent of global trade is moved by ships. Submarine cables form the backbones of the information society. Ocean warming and acidification profoundly affect the global climate. Rising sea levels threaten coastal megalopolises. Blue Economies frame the seabed as natural resource. And yet, these and further ties between our everyday lifeworld and the oceans still remain largely unarticulated and detached from public consciousness.
The interdisciplinary field of Ocean Humanities (or Blue Humanities) aims at a sea change by critically reflecting our current relations to the seas, and by exploring alternative epistemologies and ‘world-views’: In which respect are we as humans historically, philosophically, or literarily determined as aquatic or nautic beings? How can we generate knowledge about the ‘vast expanses’ of the oceans? And what happens if we perceive our world from an oceanic perspective?
With its International Lecture Series on Ocean Humanities, the German Maritime Museum / Leibniz Institute for Maritime History (DSM) endeavors to create a lasting format that systematically brings together scholars and research topics from a variety of academic disciplines. It also attempts to further reinforcing the field by initiating a vivid exchange with partner institutions from engineering and natural sciences. And not least, it aims at making Ocean Humanities more popular in the German academic landscape and public.
The series is open for presentations in English and German. The Lectures are open to the public and can be accessed on site at the DSM Research Depot and via Zoom.
Preliminary Program for the Winter Semester 2023/24:
September 12, 2023, 01:00 - 02:30 p.m. s.t. CET
Binnenmeere und humanitäre Raumordnung: Zur Geschichte der Seenotrettung
Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin
October 10,2023, 01:00 - 02:30 p.m. s.t. CET
Ships of Opportunity – Beiträge von Nicht-Forschungsschiffen zur Meeresbeobachtung
University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, and Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven
November 14, 2023, 01:00 - 02:30 p.m. s.t. CET
Entwurf einer Nautologie des Menschen (anstelle einer Anthropologie der Seefahrt)
December 12, 2023, 01:00 - 02:30 p.m. s.t. CET
Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB), University of Oldenburg
January 16, 2024, 01:00 - 02:30 p.m. s.t. CET
Ships, Science, and the Sea: Research Vessels and the Development of Ocean Science
Penelope Hardy (via Zoom)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
February 13, 2024, 01:00 - 02:30 p.m. s.t. CET
Multispecies oceanic history of ‘warming of the Arctic’ in the 1920s- 1930s
March 12, 2024, 01:00 - 02:30 p.m. s.t. CET
Do Waves have Rights?
University of Bremen
For further information: http://www.dsm.museum/oceanhumanities
DSM Research Depot, Study Zone
Eichstraße 13, 27572 Bremerhaven
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Meeting-ID: 836 6586 3280
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09/12/2023 - 03/12/2024
DSM Research Depot
Scientists and scholars, Students
History / archaeology, Oceanology / climate, Social studies
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