Women & Gender Cluster: Call for contribution for MARE 2017

Gender/Women Relations within Coastal and Fisheries Communities: From Past to Present

Panel organizer: Katia Frangoudes, Siri Gerrard, Danika Kleiber, and Cristina Pita

Panel proposal to the conference People and the Sea IX: Dealing with Maritime Mobilities, Amsterdam, 5‐7 July, 2017


Coastal areas and communities have experienced major changes over the recent decades. Some are under pressure by rapid development (e.g. urbanization, industrialization, climate change, mass tourism, etc.), and others have suffered economic downturn as the activities that traditionally sustained coastal communities become increasingly unsustainable. These changes had economic impacts on the fishing, aquaculture and others related activities and had modified the social role within coastal societies, with new social and cultural processes emerging in coastal areas.

Change has impacted men and women differently; the construction of gender and gender relations has consequences on the division of labour in fisheries, in coastal communities and also in the relationships in the community or vice versa. Despite this, research on gender and gender relations, as well as on women, in fisheries and aquaculture and their role in the communities, is scarce.

The interconnection between gender relations, work and community can include many topics and can vary from place to place depending on the history, “materialities”, and social and cultural conditions. Gender relations and communities can therefore be studied in many ways.

The proposed panel aims to bring together scientists and practitioners from different sectors working on different themes. Examples can be as follow: gender migration/immigration; changes in job conditions and opportunities (e.g. paid and unpaid contribution of women in fisheries and aquaculture); women’s organizations and participation in the public fishery sphere like public jobs, political positions and media; property rights in fisheries and aquaculture; gender and climate changes; women’s capacity building, etc. Presentations focusing on conceptual and methodological contributions relevant for women and gender in coastal areas and in fisheries and aquaculture are also of great interest.

Note: The panel is organized by the TBTI cluster ‘Women & Gender‘ in fisheries and aquaculture and the Working Group Gendered of the Ocean Past Platform (OPP) Cost Action. If you wish to present on this panel please send your abstract to: Katia Frangoudes at Katia.Frangoudes@univ-brest.fr.

The call for contribution is now CLOSED.