Fixing the Tide

19 Mar 2021 04.00 PM - 05.30 PM Alumni, Current Students, Public

SpeakerAsst Prof Chitra Venkatraman
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
Date19 March 2021 (Friday)
Time4pm – 5:30pm

Meeting ID: 593 535 7050
Passcode: 981107

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Fixing the Tide: Mapping and Fishing the Salty Shore looks at how India’s new coastal policy draws in fishing communities and the nonhumans that inhabit Mumbai's shore. The policy reconfigures fishing communities as stakeholders and as vulnerable subjects, while fish are reconfigured as catch, by-catch, and as economic resources. These reconfigurations introduce new pressures on the dynamic field in which fishers operate and fish spawn. In order to legitimize these regimes of coastal management, the state has to first determine the boundaries of the coast through coastal surveys. The paper attends to the ways in which near-shore fishing and the cartographic pursuits of coastal management intersect, papering over the ambiguities and conundrums caused by nonhuman agency.

Photo: Goutham Binuraj on Unsplash