Oceans of Knowledge Conference
When
Where
Wednesday, October 18 - Thursday, October 19, 2017, 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Humanities Gateway - 4100, Irvine, CA 92697 (McCormack Film Screening Room and Room 1035)
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Oceans of Knowledge Conference 

Location: Humanities Gateway - 4100, Irvine, CA 92697 (McCormack Film Screening Room and Room 1035)
Time: 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This interdisciplinary workshop/symposium at UCI focuses on the remarkable – but almost lost – navigation and seafaring traditions of the peoples who traversed and settled one-third of the world. The event will consider the centrality of seafaring for Pacific Island cultures, focusing on the intersections of history, climate science, cultural survival, and Indigenous sustainability.

The event includes a plenary/keynote, three thematic sessions, three film screenings, a reception, and visit to the campus proa (sakman) building project Orthogonal. In the sessions, we will delve into the unique cultural and cognitive aspects of Islander navigation, wayfinding, boatbuilding and sailing techniques. We will review the science of climate change and sea level rise, specifically as it impacts island nations and the ecology of reefs and fisheries. We will bring these themes together to consider cultural and economic survival today, and for the future.