Oceans are rarely neutral places. They provoke the human imagination, arouse emotions of fear and nostalgia, and are sites of pleasure, contemplation, heroism, and death. For the 2020-2021 Conversations That Matter series, the UCI Humanities Center seeks to foster understanding of how the oceans and waterways of the world have shaped humanities-based inquiry and cultural production. How has the “blue humanities” or how have oceans and oceanic connections shifted our concepts of space, time, and human relations to the environment and the non-human. The “Oceans” theme also provides an opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue, bringing the humanities into conversation with science, technology, engineering, arts, and medicine. We seek to engage with multiple publics: the academic community at UCI and beyond, the campus-wide community including students and staff, as well as the regional community of Orange County and Southern California.

Have an idea for programming related to Oceans, please apply for funding by Oct. 26, 2020 for events during the 2020-2021 academic year: bit.ly/UCIOceans2021

Please join us in our year-long exploration! Click here for the fall 2020 poster and see below. #UCIEncounterOceans

Fall Oceans