Kirikiriroa Conversations

Date Thursday 16 March 2023
Time 3:45pm - 4pm
Where K.G.01
Presenter Dr. Fiona McCormack
Contact Dr. Kyle Barrett
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Screen and Media Studies (SMST) are proud to present another series of Kirikiriroa Conversations. The aim of these kōrerorero is to explore topics of interest from academic staff and graduate students across the University that may be works-in-progress, recently published papers, or general areas of interest! It is an opportunity to explore avenues of research or practice that may not have found a place in a lecture or publication. Why not discuss it in a friendly, open, informal environment? There are no prescribed formats for presenting as long as each conversation will be 15 mins long with 5 mins of questions. Afterward, come along to SMST’s legendary Thirsty Thursdays in our foyer (I.4.20).

Dr. Fiona McCormack, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, The University of Waikato - 16th March 2023

Marine Inequality and Environmental Demise: Identifying Imperial Borders in Ocean Governance

This research project explores the relationship between environmental decline, social inequality and the longue durée of imperialist ideologies in ocean governance. Irrespective of the United Nations Decade of the Oceans (2021-2030) and the explosion of high-level marine governance and management discourses, instruments and frameworks, ocean fisheries and the fragile ecosystems on which they depend, continue to be depleted while the lives of sea peoples become increasingly precarious. Addressing these interrelated phenomena requires a radical rethinking of the dominant models underpinning ocean governance. While the value of local and indigenous ecosystem knowledge and socio- ecological relationships is now widely acknowledged as crucial to mitigating environmental decline, systemic issues remain with the form that recognition takes in state policies and regulations. In unpacking this paradox, the research seeks to establish: 1) the role of imperialist ideologies in constructing and regulating marine environments; 2) how these ideologies generate exclusions and impede environmental innovations; and 3) what openings exist for establishing alternative epistemologies for governing ocean worlds?