WG5, North America and WG1 workshop: 12-17 June, Vancouver, Canada, 2013

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The TBTI sponsored workshop: “Fishing Futures: Articulating Alternatives in North American Small-Scale Fisheries” is organized by the North America region and working group 5 and will be held June 12-15, 2013, at the Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Participants are also invited to stay for a follow up workshop to be held at the same venue on June 16th and the morning of June 17th, which will focus on developing a global information system on small-scale fisheries.

The workshop will bring together concerned scholars working in anthropology, geography, history, sociology, and related disciplines with a view to developing comparative approaches to the study of the key issues and challenges presently facing small-scale fisheries in the North American context and articulating alternatives to neoliberal policies. Dialogue will focus on questions of access to ocean spaces, fish resources, markets and livelihoods, and on the dynamics of socio-ecological change in fishing communities over time. We welcome historically and ethnographically grounded case studies on a range of issues, including: trends in fisheries governance; tensions and commonalities between subsistence, commercial and recreational fisheries; aquaculture; ocean user conflicts and coastal planning; alternative economies; aboriginal rights; environmental movements; and the social impacts of climate change. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the ways in which all of these dimensions are unfolding in their regions of expertise.

We invite papers that are close to publication as well as those in earlier stages of development. The workshop will allow for in-depth discussion of all papers with a view to developing multiple thematic special issues, fostering long term collaborations, and preparing an agenda for a follow-up meeting to be held in Newfoundland in 2014 and subsequent workshops in other locations in future years. The first three days will be spent discussing the papers and the fourth day will focus on summarizing the results of the workshop and building synergies with other TBTI working groups. We will also discuss ways of forging alliances with like-minded organizations and making use of various forms of digital media to support and promote our research.

Deadline for:

– registration to one or both workshops is February 10th;

– abstract submission is March 10th;

– paper prospectus submission is May 20th.

All materials should be sent to toobigtoignore@mun.ca.