Talking Southern Ocean stories in Hobart

I’ve been enjoying some great cross-disciplinary conversations about the Southern Ocean here in Hobart, thanks to an invitation from the wonderful people at UTAS Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies – Associate Prof Elle Leanne (literary studies), Assoc Prof Penny Edmonds (historian) and Dr Annalise Rees (visual artist). I came to give a guest talk at their Ocean Cultures and Connections Research Day yesterday. It was a great morning, hearing about the various research projects from an array of ocean scientists, visual artists, writers, musical composers, historians and others, and to hear about topics ranging from Indigenous fisheries to stories of water in the Anthropocene to acoustic observations of sea floor gas seepage. Very inspiring, and just so wonderful to see so many people sharing their perspectives on oceans across the physical and social sciences, humanities and arts.

I also shared the mike at ABC radio Hobart this morning with Annalise to talk our different approaches to understanding and visualising the Southern Ocean and to promote tonight’s public forum to coincide with the Backscatter Exhibition from the 2016 Investigator scientific expedition to Heard and MacDonald Islands. See http://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/mornings/mornings/8858202 starting from 2:15:12.

Loving Hobart and the view from my room!


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