On Monday, May 24, 12:30 PM PST the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs (SMEA) will host candidate Dr Yoshitaka Ota for the position of Professor of Practice. Please join SMEA as Dr. Ota presents his research. Details on the talk below:
“My outline of theory of practice for oceans”
Since when has the ocean become a boundary object that reinforces the dichotomy between nature and culture? To embrace our diversity and advance equity in ocean governance, we need to visit this conversation because we must push our current boundaries to develop JEDI in ocean scholarship. In this seminar, I will present an outline of my theory of practice and share both my academic and personal history as well as the direction of future works to consider why and how I push the boundaries of our roles as an academic pursuit and practically engage with ocean issues.
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Dr. Yoshitaka Ota has a background in social anthropology at the University College London. Yoshi has conducted ethnographic research on various coastal communities, including Palau, UK, Indonesia and Japan, studying the socialization and cultural meanings associated with fishing practices. For the last ten years, he has been engaged in policy research involving coastal indigenous communities, marine spatial planning and human security. Dr. Ota is now the director of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, an international initiative comprising an interdisciplinary team of 20+ institutes. As an anthropologist conducting social and cultural research on various coastal communities, he was struck more by our similarities than our differences. One recurring theme he has witnessed across the world is the inequity between who has access to and benefits from oceans and who relies on oceans to live.