Justice for the salmon? Contention over global salmon farming in Scotland and the Canadian Pacific northwest

Title
Justice for the salmon? Contention over global salmon farming in Scotland and the Canadian Pacific northwest
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Sophia Woodman # UoE
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Date and Time
5th Oct 2016 16:00 - 5th Oct 2016 17:30
Location
Seminar Room 5, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square
URL
http://www.cst.ed.ac.uk/events_at_the_centre/open_research_seminars/2016_2017/justice_for_the_salmon_contention_over_global_salmon_farming_in_scotland_and_the_canadian_pacific_northwest

Abstract

Salmon has always been a global fish, but since the 1960s, it has become global in a new way, with a massive expansion in salmon aquaculture in many parts of the world, led by Norwegian multinationals. In this talk, I will explore some of the reasons why campaigns against salmon farming are so different in Scotland (and Ireland) and in the Pacific coast of Canada. This comparison between struggles around salmon farming in Europe and North America highlights how indigenous perspectives on the salmon posit rights to a different world—not one conceived in the hegemonic terms of current debates about sovereignty, economic development, environment and so on. The alternative worlds visible in some indigenous anti-salmon farm campaigns are not only of consequence to those peoples and their ways of life—they represent a critical resource for rethinking the very nature of being in the world.