New Economics Foundation – Blue New Deal – Graham’s story

Over the last three years, the New Economics Foundation has been working alongside hundreds of people to develop the Blue New Deal – a plan to transform Britain’s coastal economies for the future, so they deliver good jobs, increased wellbeing and economic sustainability – all while supporting a healthier coastal and marine environment.

Today, NEF is launching a video that tells the story of Graham Doswell, a third generation small scale fisher from Eastbourne, who has led a community effort to secure a better future for the inshore fishing community, local residents and visitors. To make development work for people, we need to put them in control. Graham’s story shows what can be achieved when local people and businesses have the power to decide what success should look like in their town or city.

Watch: building better coastal economies

Please help us share the video to help Graham’s story reach more people and inspire others to join NEF in this work.

To get in touch with NEF and find out more about the Blue New Deal, you can contact Fernanda Balata on fernanda.balata@neweconomics.org

www.neweconomics.org 

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Society and the Sea 2018 – Conference Call for Papers

Society and the Sea 2018

Our Call-for-Papers is now open and we are welcoming submissions!

We are using Google Forms to allow for papers, sessions and posters. You do not have to complete the entire form, only those sections that are applicable. A full rundown of the conferences and its themes is available on the Google Form:

http://bit.ly/2zLacWQ

The deadline for submissions is Friday 16th February 2018.

Any queries can be emailed to societyandthesea@greenwich.ac.uk

Too Big to Ignore – Social Wellbeing and the Values of Small-scale Fisheries

Too Big To Ignore (TBTI http://toobigtoignore.net) has published a book on the “Social Wellbeing and the Values of Small-scale Fisheries” edited by Derek Johnson, Natasha Stacey, Julie Urquhart and Greenwich Maritime Centre’s director Tim Acott!

This book advances discussions of values in fisheries by showing the rich theoretical insights and connections possible when value is ground in a multi-dimensional social well being approach. Questions of value have long been a central, if often unacknowledged, concern in maritime studies and in research on fisheries. Social scientists have looked at changing perceptions of value as coastal regions and fisheries have industrialized, economic interconnections have deepened, ecosystems have been depleted, shifts in population have occurred, and governance arrangements have been transformed.

You can find out more, and links to order, here: http://toobigtoignore.net/tbti-publishes-a-book-on-the-social-wellbeing-and-the-values-of-ssf/

Art, Resilience and Porosity in the Coastal Zone by Simon Read at the University of Greenwich – Tuesday 5th December

There is less than a month to sign up for your free ticket to our next GMC & CMRG Seminar at the University of Greenwich.

It is an anomaly that whilst most coastal communities consider the continuing resilience of the coast and its defences a priority, there is a growing belief from the policy development sector that this should flow from a reinvigorated climate of social resilience. This begs the question of who is responsible to deliver resilience? From a community point of view the expectation persists that this is the duty of a benign authority, which recently has provoked a profound sense of betrayal when it is realized that this may not be so. This in turn evolves from a belief in the inherent value of coastal landscape, which is valued as much for its cultural significance as it is a source of livelihood. The bonds that tie people to place make them determined that the configuration of the landscape should remain as it always was or as it always was presumed to be. Although in reality it may be tenuous, it is nonetheless deeply rooted in the community psyche that a landscape that is inherently changeful is also predictable, consistent and cyclical in spite of copious evidence to the contrary.

Find out more, read the rest of the seminar description and sign up for your free ticket at our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-resilience-and-porosity-in-the-coastal-zone-tickets-39039862279

 

Reflections on engagement with my exhibition ‘Liminal Matter’, held in association with The Greenwich Maritime Centre, by Lizzie Cannon

The Heritage Gallery, at the heart of the Old Royal Naval College, with its’ views of the River Thames was the ideal location for an exhibition which took the ‘Liminal Matter’ of the constantly shifting shoreline as its subject matter. Attracting audiences who had come to visit the grade I listed building on a World Heritage Site or to events such as the ‘The State of Maritime History Research’ Conference, enabled some interesting dialogue around historical artefacts, artistic interpretation and maritime issues.

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View of In Transition (2015-17) and Corrosion (study with beads) 3 (2015) through door of the Heritage Gallery

 

One visitor identified the object used in ‘Corrosion: Study with beads 1’ (2013) as a hub cap, which he thought to be from a Morris manufactured between 1938 and 1950. Another, suggested ‘In Transition’ (2015-17) is derived from the inner lining of a funnel from a Steam Ship, built sometime between the 1890s and 1930s. As an artist, I am drawn to these objects in their delicate transitory state, somewhere between the functional, historical and organic, artefact and debris. I tap into a process of continued material change through subtle interventions, my needle and thread echoing the repetitive and circular action of the waves as I mimic the slow accumulation of rust and organic matter by sewing together tiny beads.

The exhibition was accompanied by a series of free events. The Researcher’s Discussion Group invited academics at the University of Greenwich to join in an inter-disciplinary conversation in response to the works exhibited. This gave a thought provoking insight into different ways the work could be interpreted and its contribution to understanding the liminality of the coast-line. For Dr. Vanessa Taylor (Lecturer in Environmental History / Research Fellow) ‘In Transition’ (2015-17) prompted thought around the passage of time, death and decay and the drive to recover what is dead. Coming from an Ecology background, Dr. Adriana Ford (Research Fellow in Environmental Social Sciences) was drawn to the beaded interventions, interpreting them as the colonisation of an inanimate object by something living. Dr. Tim Acott (Principal Lecturer, Environmental Geography) saw the work as a challenge to the notion of Ecosystem, by beginning to break down the ‘human-nature’ dualism.

Liminal Matters, an exhibitio by Lizzie Cannon
Exhibition installation shot: Corrosion (study with beads) 1-3 (2013-2015) and In Transition (2015-17). (Photography: Arnold Borgerth)

 

[Speaking about ‘In Transition’ (2015-17)]

TA: So presumably in its original function at that point it was allowing or enabling that ship to operate… and then it’s ended up on the beach and has become a vehicle for wildlife, for barnacles and things to grow in. It has started to become colonised, and so that distance to the human… is starting to get greater.

LC: But also, the history that comes before this starts to become apparent as well, before it was just matter that was in the ground that looks very much like what is now accumulating around the bottom I can imagine.

TA: Absolutely, yes, and take it one stage further than that, and how was that iron produced and how was it smelted, then this object is created and had a certain function, that was dissipated. And of course, the processes around that dissipation would be really interesting. What happened? How was the ship wrecked? What were the stories around that etc. and then it ends up on the beach. Is it part of the ecosystem, from when the barnacles started growing etc.? Who knows? Then you found it, you came along, and you took it out of that system and you started to put beads on it, you started photographing it and getting it into galleries, so it’s now an object of circulation, an object of aesthetic enjoyment etc. And it’s been sold to someone who lives in Suffolk… so if you were to write a life history of that object, its having an effect.

AF: Absolutely … and I was just thinking that object you found on the beach, how many people came across it before you, and did other people walk past it and what was their reaction to it? Did they think that is just horrible piece of pollution or did a child play in it?…

The varying nature and role of academic research also became apparent. Whereas Historians may often primarily focus on documents held in archives to evidence answers to predefined questions, the role of the artist, is perhaps, to stimulate questions and destabilise established ideas? In relation to the exhibited works, I feel the materiality of the objects leads this dialogue. Or in the words of Dr. Vanessa Taylor ‘You’ve got this object and it just kind of splurges all these things up and you can actually do with them what you want’. With reference to Jane Bennett’s book ‘Vibrant Matter’ and Bruno Latour’s ‘Actor Network Theory’, Dr. Tim Acott drew attention to the benefits of looking at objects as a process rather than a static given entity, as ‘actually having an effect … acting out as an entity that is causing something to happen’. These ideas resonate with me, as my process based interactions with the objects are a way of investigating and embracing an ontological fluidity that allows for an understanding of materiality as a reciprocal and generative relationship between humans and environment.

Discussion ensued around the purpose and justification for academic research and art practice, and more specifically, around the impact that the exhibition may have going forward. As an artist, I do not set out with a politicised agenda but hope to invite dialogue. It would be interesting if the discussion initiated by a work such as ‘In Transition’ (2015-17) were to continue in another medium or on another platform, contributing to an ongoing discourse.

This event was held in association with Greenwich Maritime Centre, University of Greenwich, was kindly supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding, and was part of Totally Thames 2017 that runs from 1-30 September

artscouncil.org.uk

gre.ac.uk/ach/gmc

totallythames.org/

http://www.lizziecannon.com/liminal_matter.html

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“Art, Resilience and Porosity in the Coastal Zone.” Our next seminar at the University of Greenwich.

Dear all,

Following the success of our first CMRG & GMC Joint Seminar Series talk this week we are proud to announce the second in the series:

“Art, Resilience and Porosity in the Coastal Zone.” by Simon Read

Tuesday 5th December, 6pm

The University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS

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It is an anomaly that whilst most coastal communities consider the continuing resilience of the coast and its defences a priority, there is a growing belief from the policy development sector that this should flow from a reinvigorated climate of social resilience. This begs the question of who is responsible to deliver resilience? From a community point of view the expectation persists that this is the duty of a benign authority, which recently has provoked a profound sense of betrayal when it is realized that this may not be so. This in turn evolves from a belief in the inherent value of coastal landscape, which is valued as much for its cultural significance as it is a source of livelihood. The bonds that tie people to place make them determined that the configuration of the landscape should remain as it always was or as it always was presumed to be. Although in reality it may be tenuous, it is nonetheless deeply rooted in the community psyche that a landscape that is inherently changeful is also predictable, consistent and cyclical in spite of copious evidence to the contrary.

For the full description please visit our website: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/gmc/seminar-series/gmc-and-cmrg-seminar-series/tuesday-5th-december-2017 

And for FREE tickets please visit our Eventbrite page to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-resilience-and-porosity-in-the-coastal-zone-tickets-39039862279