Man and Sea - Conversation with Tanja Bogusz

People and the sea - How do you tell the story of a catastrophe without an event?

DLF programme "Essay and Discourse", 29 March 2024, 9.30 a.m.

Seafaring stories, storm surges, trade routes, expeditions into the unknown: The relationship between man and the sea is as old as human history itself. No wonder: the sea was there long before humans became a relevant factor in the development of the Earth's history. 

Since the debate about the Anthropocene at the latest, the human influence on the state of the world's oceans has been a subject of debate in the natural sciences. Plasticisation, climate change, the melting of the polar ice caps and the decline of important marine species are incorporated into scientific data surveys and related appeals for marine protection. 

What is less well known is that the social and cultural sciences have also recently begun to take a closer look at the sea. Under the collective term "marine social sciences", they are investigating social aspects of sea-human relationships.
And so sociologists and cultural scientists set off on sea voyages in Frisian mink and rubber boots, driven by the vision of a "sociology of the sea" in the age of the Anthropocene:


Dr Tanja Bogusz is the spokesperson for KDM Strategy Group Social and Cultural Sciences and member of the Future Forum on the Ocean.