Arts, Science, Oceans

Friday 12 August 2016

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The University of Sydney


The Sydney College of the Arts research cluster, Space, Place and Country in association with Sydney Environment Institute

Artists and scientists have long shaped our knowledge and imagination of oceans. Today, however, across a broad range of disciplines including biology, politics, history, and aesthetics, the focus on aquatic environments is increasing.  Arts, Science, Oceans brings together a group of scholars at the University of Sydney from the Sydney Environment Institute, Sydney College of the Arts, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Science for a one-day colloquium with Humanities scholars from Vanderbilt University.

In response to the sea’s natural history and social history the colloquium addresses the past, present and future of human impact on the planet’s marine realm and the significance of the ocean to contemporary research and writing.  We will also be placing particular emphasis on the subject of coral ecology in view of the recent mass bleaching of a large part of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the threats to corals posed by dredging and acidification.

We are excited to launch the day with a presentation from leading installation artist, Janet Laurence, who will speak about Deep Breathing-Resuscitation for the Reef (2015), her acclaimed work created in response to the beauty but also the degradation of the Great Barrier Reef through ocean warming and acidification.

If you would like to attend this intimate discussion please send a 100-word bio statement and a brief explanation of why you would like to join us to:
Michelle St Anne : michelle.stanne@sydney.edu.au
By Friday 1 July.

Convenor: Assoc Prof Ann Elias