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The theme of this international conference is ‘Learning from the Past, Imagining the Future’. The conference will host approximately 400 papers by scholars from various parts of Europe (50%), North America and Australia (25%) and other regions of the world (25%). Topics include governance (from local to international), livelihoods, knowledge framings, navigation, appropriation and criminalization, and innovation in the oceanic and coastal realms.

Event details of People and the Sea Conference
Start date 25 June 2019
End date 28 June 2019
Time 09:00

The vice-chancellor of the University of Amsterdam, prof. Karen Maex, will open the conference together with Director-General Johan Osinga of the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. Prof. Dr. Svein Jentoft (UiT Arctic University of Norway) will then present a first keynote address entitled ‘Life above water’. On following days, there will be keynote addresses by Dr. Fiona McCormack (University of Waikato) and Prof. Dr. D. Parthasarathy (IIT-Bombay).

The conference will close with a plenary science policy discussion featuring Ms Sieglinde Gruber (Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, tbc), Prof. Dr. Joyeeta Gupta (University of Amsterdam), Mr Ricardo Serrão Santos (European Parliament,  tbc), and Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte (German Alliance for Marine Research).

The centre piece of this jubilee conference is a set of panel sessions featuring former keynote speakers, who have been invited to reflect on the continuing relevance of the perspectives they brought forward at the time, as well as on the content of a social science manifesto for the marine social sciences. Participants include: Eddie Allison, Alpina Begossi, Katrina Brown, Peter Burbridge, Tony Charles, Moeniba Isaacs, John Kurien, Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Kevin St. Martin, Rashid Sumaila, David Symes/Jeremy Phillipson, Leontine Visser and Rolf Wilmann.

A conference dinner in the monumental Dominicus Church will top off festivities, as will the presentation of awards for the best student paper and the best monograph.

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