Rhetoric of Responsible Fishing

The Elsevier journal Marine Policy recently published an article by ENHANCE fellow Anna Antonova, entitled “The rhetoric of ‘responsible fishing’: Notions of human rights and sustainability in the European Union’s bilateral fishing agreements with developing states.” The article is based on Anna’s Masters’ work at the University of Rhode Island. It uses methods of discourse analysis to explore the infusion of international law values, especially concepts such as human rights and sustainability, in the external dimension of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. It critically examines the successful incorporation of these values into European governance in its bilateral fishing agreements, focusing on a case study of EU-Senegal relations. The article can be found here, or you can contact Anna for the full text.

Crossing the Line

The peer-reviewed journal Geohumanities just published a personal essay called “Crossing the Line, or, Death at the Equator” by Jesse Peterson for their Practices & Curations section. Reflecting on the crossing the line ceremony, the essay questions coping with loss and death through transcendence. View the link for the full abstract and article or contact Jesse for more information.

Political Ecology of Tourism: Community, power and the environment

The first full-length treatment of a political ecology of tourism, this collection presents a critical interrogation of environment and politics in the context of the tourism industry.
Drawing on recent trends in geography, anthropology, and environmental and tourism studies, the volume employs a political ecology approach to the analysis of tourism through three interrelated themes: Communities and Power, Conservation and Control, and Development and Conflict. While geographically broad in scope—with chapters that span Central and South America to Africa, and South, Southeast, and East Asia to Europe and Greenland—the collection illustrates how tourism-related environmental challenges are shared across prodigious geographical distances, while also attending to the nuanced ways they materialize in local contexts and therefore demand the historically situated, place-based and multi-scalar approach of political ecology. This collection advances our understanding of the role of political, economic and environmental concerns in tourism practice. It offers readers a political ecology framework from which to address tourism-related issues and themes such as development, identity politics, environmental subjectivities, environmental degradation, land and resources conflict, and indigenous ecologies. Finally, the collection is bookended by a pair of essays from two of the most distinguished scholars working in the subfield: Rosaleen Duffy (foreword) and James Igoe (afterword).
This collection is valuable reading for scholars and practitioners alike who share a critical interest in the intersection of tourism, politics and the environment

Postcolonial Ecocriticism

Just released in its second edition, Postcolonial Ecocriticism (Graham Huggan and Helen Tiffin, eds) examines relationships between humans, animals and the environment in postcolonial texts. Divided into two sections that consider the postcolonial first from an environmental and then a zoocritical perspective, the book looks at:

  • narratives of development in postcolonial writing
  • entitlement and belonging in the pastoral genre
  • colonialist ‘asset stripping’ and the Christian mission
  • the politics of eating and representations of cannibalism
  • animality and spirituality
  • sentimentality and anthropomorphism
  • the place of the human and the animal in a ‘posthuman’ world.

Making use of the work of authors as diverse as J.M. Coetzee, Joseph Conrad, Daniel Defoe, Jamaica Kincaid and V.S. Naipaul, the authors argue that human liberation will never be fully achieved without challenging how human societies have constructed themselves in hierarchical relation to other human and nonhuman communities, and without imagining new ways in which these ecologically connected groupings can be creatively transformed.

The Postcolonial Arctic

The latest issue of Moving Worlds: A Transnational Journal is focused around the theme of the The Postcolonial Arctic. The issue brings together the work of a number of early-career scholars from a range of countries, including Nancy Campbell, Tone Huse and Marionne Cronin.

The cover image for the special issue comes from a photograph by Finnish artist Marja Helander. The photo is part of her 2001-2003 series of images entitled _Modern Nomads_. Modern Nomads arose out of an image Marja had been long carrying in her head: a person walking in a suit through a winter mountain landscape. Marja soon realised that she wanted that person to be her herself – to make those photos personal, to make them staged self-portraits. As she tells it, the photos in Modern Nomads relate a story about a modern person – someone who is totally lost in her traditional Sámi environment. “She doesn´t understand her position, and she walks on the mountains following the footsteps of her ancestors, reindeer-herdsmen,” Marja commented. The movement continues, but the frame of reference is different. Some of the images for this series Marja shot in the Varanger Fjord in Norway, where the Sámi people arrived some 10,000 years ago. Mount Palopää is an area in the Utsjoki municipality of Northern Finland where Marja’s ancestors have been engaged in reindeer herding for centuries. The photograph for the cover of Moving Worlds tell of the complexities of contemporary human identity, and of the frequent contridictions, ironies and absurdities of life in the North as it is understood both by insiders and outsiders.

The introductory editorial to the special issue, by Graham Huggan and Roger Norum, can be downloaded here. One-year subscriptions to the journal can be purchased online at:

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