Archipelagos and Aquapelagos

Conceptualizing islands and marine spaces
Conference at The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York,
March 30th-31, 2018

The prominence of water in the shaping of contemporary cities has foregrounded the idea of the Aquapelago* as an increasingly influential conceptual framework. The Aquapelago is loosely understood to be the integrated uses of marine and terrestrial spaces for livelihood purposes. The clarity of discussions around Aquapelagos has pointed to the need to re-investigate and re-conceptualise the nature of the aggregations of islands commonly referred to as Archipelagos in order to produce more sophisticated understandings of them, of how humans inhabit them and the environmental, social and transnational issues and impacts involved. Archipelagos have become increasingly prominent in geo-political contexts with regard to national territorial boundaries, global migrancy and disputes over fisheries.


Keynote Speakers:

  • Philip Hayward

  • J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

Conference Organizers:

  • May Joseph, Professor of Social Science, Pratt Institute,

  • Luka Lucic, Assistant Professor of Social Science, Pratt Institute,

  • Macarena Gomez-Barris, Professor of Social Science, Pratt Institute