Ocean Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea

Workshop: February 23 & 24, 2017

Ocean Legalities.


* Tentative and subject to change

Wednesday, February 22nd

7:00 pm Dinner

Thursday, February 23rd

8:30 - 9:00 am Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 am Welcome and Introductions

9:30 - 11:00 am, Panel I: Histories and Legalities around Nonhuman Life

Fishing as Art, Law as Technology: Herring, Grotius and the Republican Ideal of the Inexhaustible Fishery
Alison Rieser, Geography, University of Hawaii

Whales and the Colonization of the Pacific Ocean
Zsofia Korosy, Law, University of New South Wales

Kauri and The Whale: Oceanic Matter and Meaning in New Zealand
Katherine G. Sammler, Geography, California State University Maritime Academy

Moderator: Amy Braun

Discussants: Stephanie Jones, Jennifer L. Gaynor

11:00 - 11:15 am Coffee/Tea

11:15 am - 12:30 pm, Panel II: Liminal & Littoral Legalities

Edges and Flows: Exploring Legal Materialities and Biophysical Politics at the Sea Ice Edge
Philip E. Steinberg, Geography, Durham University; Berit Kristoffersen, Sociology, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway; Kristen L. Shake, Geography, Clark University

Liquid Territory, Shifting Sands: Property, Sovereignty, and Space in Southeast Asia’s Tri-State Maritime Boundary Zone
Jennifer L. Gaynor, History, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Moderator: Elizabeth Johnson
Discussants: Stacy Alaimo, Susan Reid

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 pm  Panel III: Governing Ocean Temporalities and Materialities

Held in Suspense: Chemical Legalities in the Gotland Deep
Astrida Neimanis, Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney

Solwara 1 and the Sessile Ones
Susan Reid, Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney 

Marine Microbiopolitics: Haunted Temporalities and Abyssal Relations
Astrid Schrader, Sociology, Philosophy, & Anthropology, Exeter University

Moderator: Irus Braverman
Discussants: Stefan Helmreich, Holly Jean Buck

3:00 – 3:15 pm Coffee/Tea

3:15 – 4:30 pm Panel IV: At the Limits of Law

The Pirate as a Limit of the Human: Siting and Reciting Sovereignty in the Indian Ocean
Stephanie Jones, English, University of Southampton

Wave Law
Stefan Helmreich, Anthropology, MIT

Moderator: Zsofia Korosy
Discussants: Alison Reiser, Astrida Neimanis

5:00 pm Visit to algae lab with Mary Alice Coffroth

7:00 pm Dinner


Friday, February 24th

8:30 - 9:00 am Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 am  Panel V: Technopolitical Governance

Robotic Life in the Deep Sea: Deploying Killer (and Other) Robots to Make Live
Irus Braverman, School of Law, University at Buffalo, SUNY

The Technopolitics of Ocean Sensing
Jessica Lehman, Geography and the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Moderator: Elizabeth Johnson
Discussants: Astrid Schrader, Katherine G. Sammler

10:15 – 10:30 am  Coffee/Tea

10:30 – 12:00 am  Panel VI: Engineering Ocean Futures

The Hydra and the Leviathan
Elizabeth R. Johnson, Environmental Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

“Climate Engineering Doesn’t Stop Ocean Acidification”: Addressing Harms to Ocean Life in Geoengineering Imaginaries
Holly Jean Buck, Sociology, Cornell University

“Got Algae?” Putting Marine Life to Work for Sustainability
Amy Braun, Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Moderator: Stephanie Jones
Discussants: Philip Steinberg, Jessica Lehman

12:00- 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm Wrap-Up Discussion: Themes and Future Directions