|Speaker||Asst Prof Chitra Venkatraman|
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
|Date||19 March 2021 (Friday)|
|Time||4pm – 5:30pm|
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.