Calls for Papers


Lisbon, 4–7 June, 2019

(NOVA – School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Panel 10: Worldviews from the Sea

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 Short Abstract:

The sea covers most of the world, yet the world is conceptualized mostly through ideas and physical matter originated from the land. In this panel, we invert this order of thinking: we take the sea as the methodological, theoretical, and material tool for knowing and explaining the (social) world.

Long Abstract:

Land-based experience and reasoning have long colonized the perception and understanding of the social world. In this tradition, worldview means, fundamentally, landview. However, in the last years, there has been a radical openness to new sources of knowledge production about human organization. In particular, sea-watery materiality came to achieve a crucial role in stimulating new theoretical production about the world at large, influencing interpretations of social, political, and economic phenomena. An obvious example is the way globalization is so often theorized in terms of fluidity, flows, currents, and circulations. In this panel, we focus on the sea as a fruitful substance to think with. How do the experience and study of the sea affect the interpretation and description of the social world? How can the sea shape worldviews, world-making, or the very idea of “being human”? We present historical and/or empirical case studies of the sea that offer new frameworks for rethinking social life and the many concepts associated with it (such as, culture, nature, ontology, the Anthropocene, etc.).

To submit your abstract, please send your name [and the name of the other proponent(s)], institutional affiliation and e-mail address; title; short abstract (max 50 words); long abstract (max 200 words) directly to me:

The call for papers closes on 7 January 2019



People & the Sea X: Learning from the Past, Imagining the Future
(MARE People and the Sea)- 24-28 June, 2019(University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) is preparing its 10th international People and the Sea Conference that will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 25-28, 2019. This jubilee conference, which is preceded by a policy day (June 24, 2019) and flanked by other events, takes time as its theme. In full awareness of the major ongoing changes in the knowledge industry and how people interact with coasts and seas, we first delve into the past: what have we learned, and to what extent are we making the most of these learning opportunities? From whom should we be learning, and how do we engage in the learning process? To what extent are the insights of earlier generations of social scientists studying maritime affairs and coastal life still relevant to us? We then look forward and ask ourselves what social scientists can contribute to understanding and dealing with coastal and maritime challenges of the future. Under the broad theme LEARNING FROM THE PAST, IMAGINING THE FUTURE, we investigate a myriad of matters in the context of six streams, each of which highlights a particular aspect of coastal and oceanic affairs.

1: Making a living from coasts and oceans
2: Framing, knowing and dreaming coasts and oceans
3: Governing, steering and managing coasts and oceans
4: Navigating, touring and experiencing coasts and oceans
5: Appropriating, contesting and criminalizing coasts and oceans
6: Innovating, technologizing and tracking uses of coasts and oceans

Deadline: January 31, email abstracts to Remy Käller (conference organizer)  – 


Postcolonial Oceans – Contradictions and Heterogeneities in the Epistemes of Water
(Joint Annual Conference of GAPS and IACPL) – 30 May – 2 June, 2019 (Bremen, Germany)
Hosted by the University of Bremen

Keynote speakers: Rita Astuti (LSE), Anne Collett (U Wollongong), Robbie Shilliam (Johns Hopkins University), Katrin Ingersoll (University of Hawaii),  Anne Storch (University of Cologne), Nicholas Faraclas (University of Puerto Rico)

Abstracts t0 be sent to by November 20, 2018 (extended deadline)


Floods: living with water in the past, present and future ― 3 Humanities PhD opportunities (Deadline: 30 May 2018)

Three fully-funded White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities network studentships are available within the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (University of Leeds), Environment Department (University of York) and Archaeology Department (University of Sheffield), commencing in October 2018, to suitable candidates in the broad fields of archaeology, environmental studies, geography, heritage, history, literature and landscape:

  • Tracing coastal storm flooding in landscape and literature
  • Living well with water: complex stories, democratic decision-making
  • Water takes land: interactive deep maps of England’s lost villages

For more information, please visit the WRoCAH White Rose Networks Studentships website or refer to the project document. ————————————————————————————————————————————–

MCC Panel at Research workshop of the Strategy Group of the Social Sciences and Humanities of the Consortium of German Marine Research (KDM SG Sozialwissenschaften), Kiel 25th May 2018. 

Following a successful first meeting in Hamburg in January last year, we would like to invite you to join us for a research workshop in Kiel on 25th of May to further network, connect and organize social sciences and humanities researchers interested in the coastal and marine realm. At this occasion, we will be hosted by the strategy group of social sciences and humanities of the Consortium of German Marine Research (KDM – for details on the KDM workshop see call further ). As part of the workshop agenda, MCC will convene a themed session as outlined below:

Between Nature and Culture, Land and Sea: Spatial Practices at the Coast

Coastal land- and seascapes constitute liminal boundary spaces between the land and the sea: they occupy partially solidified zones of fluid transition, at times characterised by extreme and powerful dynamics. Despite a long history of fixing coastlines on maps and charts and the profound changes wrought by material practices of coastal engineering, the boundary between the land and the sea defies precise measurement and is characterised by rhythms of change across multiple and interchanging time-scales. In recent decades, practices of nature conservation have led to a re-appraisal of many coastal areas as natural spaces of eco-systemic value accompanied by a new layer of institutional, regulatory and governance spaces, producing new boundaries and lines of separation. An analytical understanding of coastal places requires an appreciation of the powerful material presence of the land and the sea, and their influence on daily rhythms, local weather patterns and human spatial practices. Coastal places, moreover, embody historical narratives of struggle against the sea, histories of the loss of land and its retaking or re-conquering through material practices of diking and land reclamation. In the context of a changing climate, coastlines once more become liminal spaces with uncertain futures where nature-culture relations and their spatial manifestations are contested, struggled over and renegotiated.

This session is seeking papers that explore the historical, contemporary and/or future construction of coasts as boundary spaces. Papers might address, but are not limited to:

    • Socio-material practices of coastal management, marine governance, planning and/or nature conservation and their spatial implications
    • Expert and lay / official and alternative knowledges and constructions of space and place, nature and culture at the coast
  • Processes of contestation, negotiation and political struggles whereby nature-culture relations at the coast are transformed or reconfiguredHistories and historical geographies of the coast and marine.

The session will give the panellists room for a short presentation (15 minutes) of their research followed by discussion time. If you are interested to present, please submit a short abstract of 300 words maximum to Cormac Walsh (cormac.walsh<at> by April 15th.


YOUMARES 2018, 11.-14. Sep, Oldenburg

Call for abstracts open! For more information see
Submit your abstract to abstract<at> not later than May 31st 2018.

Session 4: Law and Policy Dimensions of Ocean Governance

Session chairs: Pradeep A Singh (University of Bremen, Research Centre for European Environmental Law) and Mara Ort (University of Bremen, artec Sustainability Research Center)

Extending across boundaries, the governance of the seas is an intricate and highly contested matter. National, regional and global solutions in the form of regulatory frameworks are essential in ensuring sustainable utilisation of marine resources. However, decision making, planning and governance are often influenced by e.g. geostrategical interests or the wish to ensure access to resources.

To explore and analyse marine regulations, governance, politics and institutions, we invite submissions on a broad range of issues, from fields of marine governance and planning, blue growth and the sustainable development agenda, science/policy/decision-making interaction as well as other related areas. We welcome (critical) contributions from law, social sciences and humanities.


Workshop of the Strategy Group of the Social Sciences and Humanities of the Consortium of German Marine Research (KDM SG Sozialwissenschaften), Kiel 25th May 2018. 

The strategy group of social sciences and humanities of the Consortium of German Marine Research (KDM) is aiming to network, connect and organize social sciences researchers interested in the coastal and marine realm. Following a more strategic meeting on the 24th of May, a workshop focusing on concrete research will take place on on the 25th of May.

If you would like to share, present and discuss a current paper, research design or endeavour, protocol, framework, etc. with social science colleagues, who share with you the passion for marine and coastal issues, please send an email with a title and a short abstract of your presentation (klepp<at>geographie> and achim.schlueter<at> until the 31st of March 2018. If you want to share a paper before the workshop with all participants, we organize the distribution. As we are combining this workshop with a strategic meeting the day before, feel invited to join us in the evening of the 24rd for dinner.

The Call for Papers as PDF is available to download here.



University of Greenwich, London, UK.

The Greenwich Maritime Centre in partnership with National Maritime is pleased to announce its second Society and the Sea conference:


A first call for papers was issued in November 2017 and abstracts will be drawn from an international audience. All papers should be submitted and presented in English. We are actively looking for people to host themed sessions. If you are interested, even if the subject is outside those indicated, please get in touch. More information, and a list of our conference themes, can be found below and you can email the organisers with any queries at:


If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a session, paper or poster, please visit out Call-for-Papers page at: PLEASE NOTE the deadline is Friday 16th February 2018 and all submissions are via Google Form, which you can go directly to here:


2018: Landscape Research Workshop: Hamburg 19-21. September

From 19th-21st September 2018, the 6th Workshop of the German branch of the Landscape Research Group (Arbeitskreis Landschaftsforschung) will take place in Hamburg. The theme for this year’s workshop is “Images and Understandings of Landscape in Policy and Practice“. The workshop will take place in German. Individual papers in English are also welcome. The Call for Abstracts is available here and runs until 12 March 2018. Contributions with a coastal or marine focus are very welcome.

Vom 19. – 21. September 2018 findet in Hamburg der sechste Workshop des Arbeitskreises Landschaftsforschung zum Thema „Landschaftsbilder und Landschaftsverständnisse in Politik und Praxis“ statt. Der entsprechende Call for Abstracts ist auf der Website des Arbeitskreises Landschaftsforschung veröffentlicht und läuft noch bis zum 12. März 2018.


The Oceans Past conference VII will take place in Bremerhaven, Germany from 22th to 26th October 2018, hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) & the German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven.

Abstracts are welcomed on the following session topics:

Oceans prior to contemporary exploitation

  1. Drivers of environmental use and change across historical time-frames
  2. The significance of marine resources for human societies over time
  3. Factors that have encouraged societies to exploit or leave the oceans
  4. Development of indicators
  5. Implications of past and present human ocean activities for coastal and marine policy development

Here is the link to the conference website with the full CFP, the deadline for abstract submission is 31st March 2018 :



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