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Blue heritage: The role of ocean art and culture in Ocean Science and management

One Ocean Hub, University of Strathclyde, UK

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  • Art,
  • coastal communities,
  • customary norms,
  • culture,
  • Empatheatre,
  • Gender Rights,
  • Ghana,
  • Heritage,
  • indigenous knowledge
Target Group
  • Community workers,
  • Policy makers,
  • Researchers,
  • Students,
  • Youth,
  • Artists
  • English
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This is a video of a webinar that aims to bring attention to the human-cultural dimension of the ocean, its value and use by local people in terms of indigenous knowledge.

Published on June 10 2022, this webinar illuminates the role of ocean cultures and heritage in contributing to sustainable ocean governance, this video is a webinar with panellists who discuss the role of arts and innovative methodology, such as Empatheatre, to creative praxis in ocean management and the role of singing in fisher-folk personhood and power in Ghana. Mpume Mthombeni, an award-winning performer, storyteller and theatre-maker from Umlazi, Durban, and the co-founder of Empatheatre, contributes to the second part of the event. She does this by reading from Between worlds, Rosabelle Boswell’s third poetry anthology which articulates the nuances of human relations with the sea and the imagined responses of both animate and inanimate marine worlds.

As part of this webinar, key messages from a book published on the 15 June 2022, entitled the Palgrave Handbook of blue heritage are discussed. The book highlights that while nature is inherently valuable, humans hold diverse, intrinsic and cultural connections with the ocean and coasts. This book represents a new interdisciplinary collaboration between One Ocean Hub and global researchers, involving more than 25 authors worldwide, including scholars from Australia, the USA, Seychelles and India. It is edited by  Professor Rosabelle Boswell, Nelson Mandela University (South Africa), Dr David O’Kane (Max Planck Institute, Germany) and Professor Jeremy Hills, University of South Pacific (Fiji).


Chair: Mr Eden Charles, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.