Ocean Floes: Ice, Ice Baby


Frances Avery (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

In a world where aquatic and terrestrial are so obviously separated, it seems as though ice  has no place. Why are we plagued by the mystery of ice so much that we feel compelled to lift anchors and go bow first into the sheets of it that float upon the water? I theorize that ice is a vital part of the theory of aquapelagos but additionally it should have its own theory assigned to it: ocean floes create an iceapelago. Throughout this paper, I discuss traditional ways of knowing in relation to the environment, the ocean, and sustainability. I draw upon scholars and authors including Philip Hayward, Tristan Pearce, Thierry Rodon, and Birgitte Sonne, to illustrate my argument.

Part of 02-12 Folklore and the Environment, Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am–12:30 pm