CROSS 2017

Update: thanks to all presenters, and to all attendees! We’ll be posting blogs based on papers this summer.

This was the first workshop of SSHORE, and the research network will continue its activities to advance scholarly discussion of oceans in relation to social sciences and humanities’ central concern–people. Our interests include our changing interactions with the material world, cultural and social formations, and the many overlapping histories that have led us to this point.


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Canada’s Responsibility to Our Shining Seas: Ethics, Community, Culture, 1867-2067

Below is the schedule for a research workshop taking place 10-12 May 2017 with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the Fountain School of Performing Arts, the Department of English, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University; and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. It is among the Canada 150 events supported by SSHRC.

Space at workshop sessions is limited so if you are not in SSHORE but would like to attend, please e-mail Julia M. Wright. Priority will be given to graduate students.  Please note that all are welcome to attend the public events linked to the workshop, and there will be plenty of room at those!


May 10th, 2017

Public Event: “Our Shining Seas on Screen” (7:00-8:30, Rowe 1028—Potter Auditorium), Curated by Shannon Brownlee and Jenn MacLatchy


May 11th, 2017

9:00-10:30 Session 1: Past and Future Contexts for Research (McCain 1102)

Chair: Sarah Toye (Dalhousie)

  • Max Liboiron (Memorial), “Place-Based Marine Science in Newfoundland”
  • Michael Murphy (Gorsebrook Research Institute), “The Development of Technology for Oceanographic Studies at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography: The Early Years 1962-1986”
  • Dean Bavington and Reade Davis (Memorial), “Toward A Political Economy of Ocean Science, Technology & Society: Exploring Industry Partnerships and Critical Coastal Research in Newfoundland”
  • Ian Stewart (King’s/Dalhousie), “Fish vs Oil: A Science and Technology Studies Perspective on a Seemingly Unavoidable Agon”

10:30-11:00 Break (McCain 1198)

11:00-12:30 Session 2: Rhetoric and Realities (McCain 1102)

Chair: Sarah Deller (Dalhousie)

  • Karen Foster (Dalhousie), “The Leaky Ocean: Sustainable Economic Development and the Future of Work in Coastal Communities”
  • Paul Foley (Memorial), “Fishing for Polanyi: Disciplinary Neo-liberalism and the Elusive Social Benefits of Market-Oriented Governance”
  • Jerry Bannister (Dalhousie), “The Rhetoric of Resource Development in Newfoundland and Labrador after the Collapse of Oil Prices”
  • Sean McGrath (Memorial), “Why the Sea Needs Us”

1:30-3:00 Two Parallel Writing Groups (McCain 1102 and McCain 1116)

3:00-3:30 Break (McCain 1198)

3:30-5:00 Combined Session: Share Writing, Ideas, Challenges from Writing Groups (McCain 1116)

7:30-9:00 Public panel and discussion: “Sea Changes, 1867-2017” (Rowe 1020)


May 12th, 2017

9:00-10:30 Session 3: Culture and Policy (McCain 1102)

Chair: Jane Boyes (Dalhousie)

  • Caitlin Charman (Memorial), “Re-Imagining the Ocean: Atlantic-Canadian Sea Stories and Environmental Policy”
  • Julia M. Wright (Dalhousie), “From Shore to Ship: Thomas Moore and Thomas D’Arcy McGee on Transatlantic Transmission”
  • Jason Haslam (Dalhousie), “Oily Dick”
  • Danine Farquharson (Memorial), “Ocean Images: Political Documentary Film and the Lure of the Sublime”

10:30-11:00 Break (McCain 1198)

11:00-12:30 Session 4: The Human and the Oceanic (McCain 1102)

Chair: Jochen Korner (Memorial)

  • Fiona Polack (Memorial), “Archiving Loss: Photographs of the Ocean Ranger”
  • Julia Poertner (Dalhousie), “Human-Nature Relationships in German Literature and the International Law of the Sea in the Works of Elisabeth Mann”
  • Daniel Banoub (Memorial), “Confronting the Capitalocean: Geography, Global Oceanic Change, and the Politics of Knowledge”
  • Bertrum MacDonald (Dalhousie), “From Science to Decision Making: Scientific Information and Ocean Management”

1:30-3:00 Return to parallel writing groups to finish and revise drafts (McCain 1102 and McCain 1116)

3:00-3:30 Break (McCain 1198)

3:30-5:00 Final Group Discussion: Next Steps for SSHORE (McCain 1116)