Thinking Through Marine Boundaries in the Changing World Ocean. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

In this talk anthropologist Florence Durney will present about her ongoing research on the intersection of indigenous and state marine tenure systems and marine environmental change. In particular she will discuss how climate-induced marine environmental change is complicating processes of living with, claiming, and negotiating marine boundaries for humans and non-humans alike. 

A boat is lies at shore, the water is blue, and far off in the distance one can see hills and mountains coloured by the sun.

The image has been cropped.

Photo: © Florence Durney

About the presentation

Climate-related marine environmental change is happening across all scales, from the microbiotic to the geophysical: from the unraveling symbiotic relationships of zooxanthellae and corals in shallow reef systems, to the slowing of global ocean currents, to the increase in temperatures on the Antarctic ice sheet, where the recorded highs were 40 C above normal this spring. Large-scale changes also include deviations in the territorial ranges and migratory patterns of marine species across taxon. These changes to marine spaces of course impact ocean-dependent human communities as well, including the ways in which different communities understand, inhabit, and claim marine territory. Using case studies from research with traditional coastal communities in Southeast Asia, this presentation will explore how environmental change is colliding with already complex negotiations between traditional and state marine tenure systems, tracing the roles of animals, hunters and fishers, marine ecology, and policy.

About the presenter

Florence Durney is an anthropologist whose broad-scale research interests center on the relationships of human societies and their environments. The majority of her work has focused on humans and the marine environment, and the ways in which that relationship is differentially understood and put in practice, with a regional focus in Southeast Asia. As a postdoc with the ERC funded Whales of Power lab, her current project focuses on the last active community of traditional marine hunters and whalers in eastern Indonesia, and their experiences negotiating cosmology, hunting, and identity in a time of large-scale social and environmental change. Before joining UiO, Durney completed a PhD at University of Arizona, where she also lectured in anthropology. She has also worked as a contracted researcher and research assistant on projects across the social and natural sciences including at the University of Arizona, the American Museum of Natural History, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and beyond.

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.

Tags: Environmental Anthropology, OSEH, Ocean studies
Published Mar. 30, 2022 2:50 PM - Last modified Apr. 26, 2022 11:02 AM