The shoreline, the liminal site between the land and the ocean, seems a particularly apt space from which to contemplate the intersections between environment, labour, and the infrastructures that mediate flows of power, resources, information, and waste products. Moreover, the world's littoral zones mark places where the climate crisis makes landfall, with rising tides and degraded defences laying bare current and future vulnerabilities.
This seminar centres zones of contact: Our interest will be directed towards a set of sites including the beach, coasts, archipelagoes, atolls, ports that stage earth/water matters. In doing so, we will address thematic issues broaching tensions such as leisure and industry, pleasure and pollution, industry and infrastructures.
A Reader with a selected bibliography will be provided at the beginning of the course.