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


More details in early February 2019…


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