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THEME: Ocean and Communities: Changes, Preservation and Challenges

Date: December 8 & 9, 2011

 Venue: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Organized by: Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES) & Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya


The Maritime Culture and Geopolitics Research Unit of the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya is happy to announce the calling for papers for the 4th International Seminar on Maritime Culture and Geopolitics, to be held on 8-9 December 2011 at the University of Malaya. The theme for the seminar is “Ocean and Communities: Changes, Preservation and Challenges.”  The seminar is a follow up to the previous seminar held in 2008, 2009 and 2010  which managed to bring together 100 paper presenters, of which the papers have been edited and published as part of the Institute’s Monograph Series and Journal (Journal of Maritime Geopolitics and Culture).

At a time when the world is facing uncertainty over its political and economics future, other issues – some directly linked to the politics and economy while others less so, continue to confront the human societies – including the maritime communities. The Ocean and Communities, which covers many regions which include South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Sulu and Sulawesi Seas, the Gulf of Siam the Straits of Sunda and Straits of Malacca, contain some of the most vulnerable maritime societies. These regions and communities faced many challenges pertaining to the sea, namely, strategic, boundary and sovereignty, contest for marine resources, conflict resolution, climate change, ports and trade, migration and labour, marine tourism, decline in maritime cultural practices and performing arts which affect losing sense of their history and identity, to name a few. It is in this light that this year’s seminar hopes to bring together a group of experts to examine critically the general theme "Ocean and Communities: Changes, Preservation and Challenges" while exploring the various topics related.

It is hope that through these deliberations, some forms of ideas and knowledge and perhaps, remedies could be attained, to be disseminated through recommendations in reports as well as in the form of publication.

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