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Hands Across The Sea

Collaboration, Innovation & Blue Humanities in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland and Western Brittany

This project aims to inject an innovative dynamic to support the endangered Celtic cultures of the Scottish Highlands & Islands and Western Brittany.

‘Hands Across the Sea’ will deliver a series of colloquia which will address the challenges faced by these cultures in a post-Brexit Europe.

The relationship with the sea has nourished distinctive oral vernacular cultures in these regions and this initiative sets out to investigate ways to link this traditional culture with innovative genre-disruptive forms and new digital technologies.

We know the sea as much through the humanities as through science – the creative arts are uniquely able to add a phenomenological dimension to scientific knowledge – and this collaboration between seaward-orientated cultures will address ways that the blue humanities can contribute to a blue ecology.

Is there a way that a new ‘aesthetics of the sea’ can mediate against the forces of predatory capitalism?