IKOS PhD Mid-term evaluation: "Dugong-Human Relations and Environmental Activism in the Ryukyu Archipelago"
We want to invite you to an open mid-term evaluation with our PhD-fellow in the Whales of Power project, Marius Palz. To comment on the candidates work, we have invited Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, Dr. Chika Watanabe
Marius Palz (UiO photo)
The mid-term evaluation is organized in two parts and starts with a 2-hour public seminar, followed by a closed meeting.
The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the progress of the PhD project at a point when it is still possible to make small or substantial changes. In general, we want to know how the candidate is doing, how much work is done, and what is left.
About the PhD candidate and his Research
My research concentrate on the transformation of the dugong from an animal attributed with cultural/ritual value to a symbol of protest against the construction of a military base in the vulnerable ecosystem of Henoko Bay, Okinawa (Japan). Beside human-nature relations and the question of nature's agency, I am interested in the power struggle of small groups/minorities and the nation state of Japan.