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Aquatic Intersections: Temporality and more-than-human intersectionality in marine ecosystems

Descrizione del progetto

Studiare le minacce ambientali agli ecosistemi marini

Il cambiamento degli ecosistemi marini provocato dall’uomo è notevolmente aumentato negli ultimi 60 anni. Secondo l’Agenzia europea dell’ambiente, i mari sono diventati luoghi più trafficati, a causa di una combinazione di progressi tecnologici e della crescente domanda da parte della società di cibo, energia e altre risorse. Il progetto AQUATIC, finanziato dall’UE, approfondirà le minacce ambientali agli ecosistemi marini nel Mar Baltico e nel Mediterraneo. Cerca di comprendere l’effetto della categorizzazione sociale sulle pratiche socio-materiali. In particolare, si concentrerà su due casi, entrambi in pericolo ma contraddistinti da logiche opposte per quanto riguarda la formulazione della minaccia: l’eutrofizzazione nel Mar Baltico come caso in cui lo sviluppo della vita è descritto come dannoso e la minaccia rappresentata dalla Posidonia oceanica nel Mediterraneo come caso in cui la vita ha bisogno di protezione.

Obiettivo

AQUATIC investigates multi-stakeholder engagement, practices, and processes of social categorization in the context of environmental threats to marine ecosystems in the Baltic and the Mediterranean Seas. The action uses a theoretical framework that combines a focus on temporal narratives, a more-than-human approach, and intersectionality to understand the effect of social categorization on sociomaterial practices. This framework has been specifically developed based on preliminary policy analysis to meet the specificities of environmental threats to marine ecosystems. The project studies two cases in which a local ecosystem is threatened. Both cases offer opposed rationales in the formulation of the threat: eutrophication in the Baltic Sea as a case where life growth is described as harmful, and the threat posed to posidonia oceanica in the Mediterranean as a case where life needs protection. The methodological approach uses ethnography, documentary analysis, and participatory workshops to critically analyse the discourses and practices involved in tackling these two challenges. The action offers two contributions: 1) the consolidation of the concept of more-than-human intersectionality; 2) the development of more-than-human participatory methods. The project presents a strong combination of theoretical development and solid empirical work that matches the host’s experience working with topics of temporality, human-nonhuman relations, practices, and engagement. The proposed action supports the objectives of the MSCA through knowledge transfer between the applicant and the host institution that involves two-way collaboration, teaching and supervision; through international mobility and the building of interdisciplinary networks; through a carefully developed outreach plan with societal and policy impact that involves a variety of stakeholders; and through the centrality of interdisciplinarity and gender to the action’s development and implementation.

Coordinatore

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 212 933,76
Indirizzo
THE QUEEN'S DRIVE NORTHCOTE HOUSE
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Regno Unito

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Regione
South West (England) Devon Devon CC
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 212 933,76