Invitation to Workshop 2: ‘Liminal zones’, 26 April 2019, Newcastle

newcastle workshop

The 2019 ‘Liminal Zones’ workshop will take place on Friday 26 April 2019 in Newcastle, with an optional casual dinner on the Thursday 25th for those who might be around; more details at




Workshop: 5-6 February 2018, Melbourne

The IAG Cultural Geography Study Group along with the Environmental Sustainability-Hazards Risk Disasters group and Critical Development Studies Group are delighted to hold a 1 ½ day workshop at Deakin University, 5-6 Feb 2018, Deakin University (Deakin Downtown, Melbourne CBD).


We adopt a broad understanding of the term ‘oceanic’. First, we use it to refer to places on the edge of terrestrial thinking – oceanic, riverine, wetland environments etc. Second, ‘oceanic’ draws attention to the enormous responsibilities we have that can only be addressed through a process of collaboration and experimentation with diverse stakeholders. Third, it refers to a conceptual foundation that goes beyond the insular and anthropocentric and responds to living with human and more-than-human difference. Fourth, ‘oceanic’ provides possibilities to decolonise thought by privileging unconventional, ‘minor’ knowledges that can recompose co-belonging in the Anthropocene.

The Event
Our goal in holding this event is to develop and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders and social/environmental stewards. We welcome further engagement with interested groups in business/industry/govt/activists/NGOs, community groups etc.

The final program of the event with list of participants is available here: Oceanic Responsibilities program_final


Day 1 (afternoon) – Up to 6 short 10-minute presentations followed by discussion that we hope will guide and direct future plans for collaborative research.

Participants:  academics state/local govt reps, scientists/policy makers, industry, artists, activists, civic groups, Indigenous and ethnic minority groups (e.g. CSIRO, Melbourne Museum and Department of Defence have registered interest in participating).

Day 2: Following on from day 1, our aim is for a more purpose-driven discussion as a means to commence the development of potential collaborative grants, experimental solutions, as well as work towards producing high quality co-authored publications.

Alongside the presentations and discussions, we will exhibit a range of creative responses relevant to the theme – ‘oceanic responsibilities’.  This might be excerpts of fieldwork documentation, creative artworks, experimental responses, and so on, and can take any screen-based form (images, short video, audio, multimedia). It will be displayed as a looping accumulation of creative responses during the event.

The workshop will be the first stage in a 3-yr program of capacity building.


Michele Lobo, Michelle Duffy and Kaya Barry