Oceans of Knowledge Conference

Oceans of Knowledge Conference

Oceans of Knowledge Conference 

This interdisciplinary workshop/symposium at UCI focuses on the remarkable – but almost lost – navigation and seafaring traditions of the peoples who traversed and settled one-third of the world. The event will consider the centrality of seafaring for Pacific Island cultures, focusing on the intersections of history, climate science, cultural survival, and Indigenous sustainability.

The event includes a plenary/keynote, three thematic sessions, three film screenings, a reception, and visit to the campus proa (sakman) building project Orthogonal. In the sessions, we will delve into the unique cultural and cognitive aspects of Islander navigation, wayfinding, boatbuilding and sailing techniques. We will review the science of climate change and sea level rise, specifically as it impacts island nations and the ecology of reefs and fisheries. We will bring these themes together to consider cultural and economic survival today, and for the future.

All UCI students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend, free of charge. We will host attendees from local diasporic communities, including the Southern California Chamorro community. We hope to have representatives from other similar initiatives in island communities, including: Pete Perez and 500 Sails on Saipan; Tatasi Ignacio Camacho with Traditions About Seafaring Islands (TASI) on Guam; Regina and Larry Raigetal with Waa’gey from the Federate States of Micronesia; Mimi George with the Tuamako Project in the Solomon Islands; and Tua Pittman with Araumarau Atua-Cook Islands Voyaging Society.

Simon Penny, Professor, Art, UCI, Director
Sylvia Frain, PhD Candidate, Associate Director

Sponsored by the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, the Oceans Institute, and UCI Illuminations

EVENT WEBSITE: http://sites.uci.edu/ok17/

Event Details

  • When: Wednesday & Thursday, October 18 and 19, 1-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: McCormack Film Screening Room and Room 1035 of the Humanities Gateway
  • Organizer: Simon Penny (email)
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