Island Studies, Critical Ocean Studies, and the Humanities

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  • LearningPlanet Festival

This roundtable builds upon the recent symposium, “Indigeneity in the Oceanic Commons: Reclaiming Relations from Taiwan to Hawai” held at Arizona State University in October 2023. Dr. Elizabeth DeLoughrey, an expert in Critical Ocean Studies, explored the possible integration of geopolitics in the Anthropocene with the humanities’ ability to “narrate literature, stories, and politics in ways that mutually inflect and inform each other.”

For the Learning Planet Festival, presenters will align with the theme, “Architects of Tomorrow” to explore restructuring knowledge systems by incorporating traditional wisdom from oceanic communities. Speakers, including academics and traditional knowledge keepers, will delve into transcending anthropocentric policies and Western scientific disciplines by bringing intergenerational perspectives to the table.

The session will raise questions about the necessity of humanities-led sustainability sciences and projects within academia and communities beyond. Open to the public, the roundtable aspires to offer renewed perspectives on understanding oceanic and island communities and advancing the practice of critical ocean and island studies in the humanities.


Jan 24 to Jan 25, 2024

From 23:30 to 00:45 - UTC

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Arizona State University Tempe Campus

1151 South Forest Avenue
United States
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Sreya Ann Oommen

Post Doctoral Research Scholar, Flagship Hub, UNESCO BRIDGES Sustainability Coalition

Sreya Ann Oommen

Lisa Yin Han

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, ASU, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Lisa Yin Han

Joni Adamson

Distinguished Global Futures Scholar and President's professor of Environmental Humanities, Arozona State University, Global Futures Laboratory

Joni Adamson

Elizabeth Deloughrey

Professor, UCLA,Department of English, Institute for the Environment and Sustainability

Elizabeth Deloughrey


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