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Straits (Détroits)


An interdisciplinary and international perspective

Pour une étude interdisciplinaire et internationale

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Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Cette rencontre sera l’occasion de rassembler pour la première fois une grande diversité d’acteurs afin de faire le point sur l’état de l’art et l’évolution des pratiques. Le caractère très large de cet appel relève de l’essence même du projet : fédérer et permettre l’émergence de nouvelles idées dans un espace de discussion ouvert. Le colloque permettra de croiser les regards, terrains et objectifs, de s’interroger sur une nouvelle manière de travailler en interdisciplinarité marquée afin d’identifier les dynamiques de ces objets majeurs des océans, mers et territoires.



As part of the University of the Littoral Côte d’Opale’s emerging project “Détroits” (Straits), led by the LARJ (Laboratoire de Recherche Juridique) and TVES (Territoires, Villes, Environnement & Société) research teams, this call is open to the research community and to actors able to shed light on the dynamics of international, internal or anthropogenic (canals) straits. Taking place over two and a half days (Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and morning of Friday 26th, of November 2021), this symposium will provide an opportunity to confront perspectives, fields and objectives, to reflect upon novel approaches to interdisciplinary collaborations in order to advance understanding of phenomena impacting the dynamics of these major oceanic, maritime or territorial crossroads.

These spaces are particularly salient given the growing importance of the maritime economy, an intensification of human migration and the pressing need to adopt ecological approaches for the management of seas, oceans or coastlines. Reconciling environmental, technical, sociological, maritime, logistical or legal issues, particularly those that arise in areas of cooperation, tensions and conflicts, demands strongly interdisciplinary approaches. In particular, such studies must integrate the operational expertise of actors who contribute to the management of straits. The Symposium, which will compare different straits and high-lights the diversity of practices and disciplines underpinning this emerging field, will reveal the richness and innovative nature of the straits research context. This inaugural meeting is expected to spur the development of new collaborations apt to favour the production of empirical and operationally grounded studies employing novel methodologies.

This symposium thus represents an important and unique opportunity to unite a wide variety of actors to take stock of the current state of the art and to reflect upon the future evolution of practices. The very broad nature of this call for papers is the very essence of the “Détroits” (Straits) project which aims to regroup the straits community and to promote the emergence of new ideas via an open discussion framework.

This call for papers and communications is open to researchers and young researchers, to operational actors from the public, private, civil society or non-governmental institutions and to experienced stakeholders whose knowledge is likely to stimulate debate.

Contributions are invited from diverse disciplinary and thematic fields including (but not limited to): geography, geopolitics, law, political science, literature, sociology, economics, management, anthropology, ethnology, history, archaeology, environmental and natural sciences, ecology, marine biology, physical oceanography, hydrodynamics, climatology, geology, geomorphology, engineering sciences, geographic information systems, spatial planning, health risks, technological risks, cybersecurity, etc.

This event will take place in Boulogne-sur-Mer, a town on the ‘Pas de Calais’ Strait (the Dover Strait). This zone defines a space which structures the north-western European territory whose status as the largest strait in the world is rivaled only by the Malacca Strait. The University of Littoral Côte d’Opale will host the Symposium.

Given future challenges raised by an increasingly connected world, we are convinced that straits represent key research objects for the analysis of the multi-facetted notion of globalization. This is a scientific challenge apt to rally both public and private researchers and operational staff to contribute to an inclusive and innovative research program for the benefit of knowledge end-users, regardless of their status.

Catherine Roche, Frédéric Davansant, François H. Guiziou


  • Boulogne, France (62)


  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Information source

  • Francois Guiziou
    courriel : francois [dot] guiziou [at] univ-littoral [dot] fr


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