Giulia Champion: Blue and Green Transitions: The role of the ocean in our future world(s)

Wednesday 31 August 2022 14:15-15:30,
HG N-106.

Greenhouse Greentransitions Fellow Giulia Champion will talk about her project.

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Giulia Champion

In the fall of 2022, University of Stavanger is welcoming 12 guest researchers and artists from across the world to engage with each other and the UiS community in a semester-long exploration of the meanings of green transitions.

In this Greenhouse Green Transitions Lecture, Dr Giulia Champion presents the project she is working on during her fellowship in Stavanger.

Dr Giulia Champion is a Research Assistant for projects on Ecological Belongings and Ecological Reparation in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick and a Research Assistant for a project on Scottish Shores at Edinburgh Napier University. She currently works on the Blue Humanities and Deep-Water Extractivism.

In June 2021, the International Seabed Authority was given two years to create a legal framework for deep-sea mining (DSM). My contribution proposes to focus on the role of the ocean in envisioning Green Transitions by investigating how DSM has become central to the green automotive industry transition. DSM proponents claim it would “ethically” and “sustainably” source key metals necessary for electric car batteries and other “green” technologies. I explore how cultural productions can help us address these difficult and urgent issues by looking comparatively at a Brazilian novel by Aline Valek, As águas-vivas não sabem de si (2016), and the experimental hip-hop/rap group clipping.’s song “The Deep” (2017). I suggest that by materialising the depth, more eco-systemic relations to the ocean can be fostered, shifting current oceanic depictions from an inert resource for exploitation to an entity pulsing with life, with which we are deeply entangled.

The lecture will be live streamed on Zoom. Register via Zoom to receive a link. A recording of the lecture with captioning will be available afterwards.