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Sea Changes: Experimental Collaborations across the Indian Ocean

Water Ways: New Social Science, Science Studies, and Environmental Approaches to Water
Monday, March 21, 2022
12:00-3:00 PM
Sea Changes: Experimental Collaborations across the Indian Ocean
Vivian Choi, St. Olaf College

Monday, Mar. 21, Open Talks will be held noon to 1pm, and the Grad Workshops will be held 1 to 3pm.
In-person in ISR-Thompson 6050
Presentations will also be available online via Zoom

Inspired by ethnographic accounts recounting the colors of the Indian Ocean in Eastern Sri Lanka, this talk explores the colors of the Indian Ocean, as social, political, and material reflections of life and death. While oceans are almost always described and associated with the color blue, these descriptions of past disasters — the black sludgy waters of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the red, blood-tinged sea from civil war violence — harken to the Indian Ocean’s significance as a reminder and a harbinger of danger. Scaling up, I then turn to ocean color science, which charts and models the presence or absence of phytoplankton as an indicator of the rapidly warming Indian Ocean basin, changing its hues to a deeper green and signaling broader concerns for and relations with biological life, weather, atmosphere and land. What might a broader spectrum of hues offer in contrast to dominant economic and security narratives of bluing? What might attention to Indian Ocean colors offer to examine the social and ecological impacts of planetary risk and danger?

This is a part of the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) Winter 2022 Series - "Water Ways: New Social Science, Science Studies, and Environmental Approaches to Water"

This is also a part of the class Anthrcul 558 section 002
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Presentation
Tags: Asia, biodiversity, Biology, Biosciences, climate, Ecology, Economics, Environment, Free, Global And Transnational, India, Political Economy, Politics, Public Policy, Research, Southeast Asia, Sustainability
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Institute for Social Research, Graham Sustainability Institute, Department of Middle East Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, African Studies Center, Science, Technology & Society, School for Environment and Sustainability, Department of Anthropology