Public Events

We are pleased to announce two SSHORE public events with guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Telesca, Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), on March 8th and 9th (poster).

  • Biology Department Seminar Series: “Science as Alibi: Ocean Governance through the Lens of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna” (March 8th, 3:30pm, Dalhousie Life Sciences Centre, 5th floor Biology Lounge), co-sponsored by the Marine Affairs program at Dalhousie.
  • Panel Discussion: “Accounting for Loss in Fish ‘Stocks’: a Word on Life as Biological Asset” (2:00-3:30, March 9th, KTS room, 2nd floor of the New Academic Building, at King’s University College). Dr. Telesca will give a talk based on her previous work (available in Environment and Society: Advances in Research 8 [2017]: 144-60), and then there will be a panel discussion featuring Dr. Dean Bavington (Dept. of Geography, MUN), Laurenne Schiller (IDPhD student, Dalhousie), and Dr. Susanna Fuller (Ecology Action Centre). Moderator: Dr. Ian Stewart, History of Science and Technology, University of King’s College.
  • NOTE: The panel discussion will be live-linked to SSHORE scholars at MUN (St. John’s, NL) and Livestreamed on Facebook.

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Past Events

Many thanks to everyone who came out for the two events, and to all of our speakers: Shannon Brownlee and Jennifer MacLatchy as well as special guest Catherine Martin at the film night, and Jerry Bannister, Ted Cavanagh, Aldo Chircop, Shelley Denny, Sue Goyette, and Eric Mills at the public panel. The discussion at both was richly diverse, and did much to situate Canada 150 within a broader scope that included the arts, law, oceans knowledge, and public institutions within settler and indigenous traditions.

For more information on the film night, and links to relevant films (including more of Catherine Martin’s work), please see the SSHORE Film program. For an account of the public panel, please see Cherry Au’s article.


Original Post:

Two free, public events will be part of CROSS 2017 and linked to #Canada150:  a film night, “Our Shining Seas on Screen” (May 10th); a public panel and discussion, “Sea Changes, 1867-2017” (May 11th). All welcome!


Our Shining Seas on Screen (poster)

Curated by Shannon Brownlee and Jennifer MacLatchy (Dalhousie University)

May 10th, 7:00-8:30pm, Potter Auditorium (1028 Rowe, Dalhousie)

This presentation of Canadian and international experimental, animated, and documentary films explores different perspectives on connections between the human and the oceanic. Special guest speaker: Catherine Martin.

Films will include (not in screening order):

  • Fore-and-Aft (Sara MacLean, 2007)
  • Stories From Our Land 1.5: Nippaq (Qajaaq Ellsworth, 2011)
  • Stories From Our Land 1.5: Tide (Ericka Chemko, 2012)
  • Islet (Nicolas Brault, 2003)
  • Glou Glou (Marielle Guyot, 2004)
  • Plastic Free Island Kefalonia (Pam Longobardi and Dianna Cohen, 2015)
  • Kamilo (Aurora Robson, 2012)
  • Wild Bolonie Hunt (Catherine Martin, 2009)

Reception to follow in the Rowe building’s Atrium from 8:30-9:30pm.


Sea Changes, 1867-2017: A Public Panel and Discussion (poster)

May 11th, 7:30-9:00pm, Rm 1020, Rowe Building, Dalhousie

Chair: Jerry Bannister (History, Dalhousie)
Panelists: Ted Cavanagh (Architecture, Dalhousie), Aldo Chircop (Law, Dalhousie), Shelley Denny (IDPhD, Dalhousie; UINR), Sue Goyette (Creative Writing, Dalhousie; author of Ocean), and Eric Mills (History of Science and Technology, King’s).

This public forum will begin with short talks by the panelists (about five minutes each), and then include the audience in a group discussion of the economic, ecological, social, and cultural ties that have long shaped our interactions with oceans.


Both events are part of the SSHORE workshop, “Canada’s Responsibility to Our Shining Seas,” and are supported by 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.

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