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Backscatter Public Forum: Cross-disciplinary collaboration and the ocean

Summary

Researchers from diverse fields lead a discussion on ways in which cross-disciplinary collaboration can help to engage with multiple perspectives to expand our awareness and appreciation of the marine environment as a valuable cultural and economic asset.

Start Date

6th Sep 2017 6:30pm

End Date

6th Sep 2017 7:30pm

Venue

IMAS, 20 Castray Esp, Battery Point, Hobart

Banner Image Credit: Annalise Rees, Oceans of the Unknown


Image Credit: James Batchelor improvising on deck Photographed by: Charles Tambiah
Image Credit: James Batchelor improvising on deck Photographed by: Charles Tambiah

Backscatter Public Forum Panel Members
Image: Panel members

Tasmanians have a close affinity with the ocean. As Australia’s island state our watery borders define our existence: the sea both separates and connects. For many the marine environment is an important resource and a workplace. For others, a playground for leisure and recreation. Many see it as a fragile environment we need to look after. Differing voices and perspectives inform our love of the ocean and in turn it is these voices that help to define our connection to it. Understanding the complex and interwoven nature of these connections and accommodating varying perspectives can be challenging.

Chaired by cross-disciplinary researcher Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane (UTAS) in discussion with historian Dr Joy McCann (ANU), marine spatial analyst Dr Vanessa Lucieer (UTAS) and visual artist Dr Annalise Rees (UTAS) the panel discussed ways that cross-disciplinary collaboration can help to engage with multiple perspectives to expand our awareness and appreciation of the marine environment as a valuable cultural, environmental and economic asset.

ABC Radio Interview


Hosted by the College of Arts, Law and Education Oceanic Cultures and Connections research cluster and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania.

Backscatter: the voyage of the Investigator exhibition was presented in partnership with the UTAS Makers' Space and the Academy Gallery in April-June and IMAS in August-September.