Abstracts Creative Practice

Creative Practices: A tool in coastal and ocean sustainability research?



Abstract 139

Evaluation of a creative practice intervention in Brazil

by Lena Knopp

Working group SES

 There was a creative practice intervention in form of a workshop of animated film implemented in northern Brazil in November 2022 by NO CRISES to shed light on ocean conflicts in this region and equip participants with innovative tools to make themselves being heard in society.

Accompanying this intervention, my Master Thesis is designed to evaluate the success of this workshop in terms of effects on the participants themselves and potential impact on societal processes.

The data collection includes structured observations, questionnaires and recap sessions.

Preliminary results show a great success of the intervention, there are two follow-up projects taking place, now embedded in the community and organized by teachers from the village and an additional intervention is planned for February 2023.



Abstract 138

First experiences with, and lessons for Creative Practice Interventions in Ocean sustainability research

by Marion Glaser

ZMT, Social Science Department

First experiences with, and lessons for Creative Practice Interventions in Ocean sustainability research

 Arts-based “creative practice” interventions at case study level in the NOCRISES research project on ocean conflicts are expected to provide “collaborative artistic visualisations that will facilitate and describe diverse conflict narratives (Project proposal). In 2022, the project implemented its first two arts-based “creative practice” interventions, in coastal communities of a) South Bangladesh (in March) and b) Pará state, North Brazil (in November). This presentation describes and compares those interventions and provides a first assessment of possible effects and lessons for future work of this kind.



Abstract 125

‘‘Draw the sea…’’: Children’s representations of ocean connectivity in Fiji and New Caledonia

by Elodie Fache | Annette Breckwoldt 


In the South Pacific region, marine territories and resources play a crucial role for local communities. Children engage with these territories and resources from an early age onwards. As the next ocean stewards, they are a stakeholder group whose understandings of ocean connectivity and fisheries should be given serious consideration in decision-making processes towards the sustainable use and management of coastal seas. This paper analyses 290 children’s drawings from Fiji and New Caledonia, created in 2019 in spontaneous response to the instruction: ‘‘Draw the sea and what you and others do in the sea’’. Exploring the webs of connections with and within the sea revealed by these children’s drawings and their own interpretations leads us to discuss children’s representations of the sea: (1) beyond a land-sea compartmentation, (2) as a locus of both exploitation and conservation of marine life, and (3) as a ‘place-full’ space connecting human and more-than- human realms.


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