Women of the Seven Seas - Online-Symposium
First Shefarers' Parade of Hamburg
Today, women are sailing the seven seas in greater numbers than ever before. As shefarers, activists, artists and researchers, they are exploring hydrarchy as an alternative way of living, trying to reclaim ports as public spaces, they fight for decolonisation, sea rescue, fair trade and endangered maritime eco-systems.
The patriarchal history of the seas is characterised by war, colonialism and exploitation. Hamburg Port is a part of this patriarchal tradition, and up until today Hamburg Port Authority, Eurogate and Hapag Lloyd remain predominantly male organizations. Only very slowly, maritime gender relations start to shift: Is there an alternative, feminist take on the sea and the port?
The first Shefarers‘ Parade of Hamburg wants to send out a signal: Prepare the flare guns and the synchronised swimmers brigade! With a parade of ships, boats and rafts we will sail from the Bille to the city and back. Along the way, we will stop for action, music and a rubber boat ballet. In the Hafencity, we will open a feminist ship welcoming station and at the end we will hijack the Peking for a female captains‘ dinner. Or something like this. Wanna sail with us? Send us a message! firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we want to make the presence of women* at sea and in the port visible, we want to fight discrimination, and we want to respond - as shefarers – to maritime questions in local and international contexts. Women*, non-binary people and collectives with female* majorities are invited to join - with or without their own boat, ship or raft.
The first Shefareres‘ Parade Hamburg is initiated by geheimagentur collective. In projects like the Alternative Cruise Ship Terminal AKT (2015), PORTS (2016), Access Points and FREE PORT Baakenhöft (2017), geheimagentur has campaigned for a Right to the Sea & the Port.
More information: geheimagentur.net
8. August, 14.00 – 18.30 CEST
This symposium brings together women from different aspects of maritime life. It marks the launch of womenofthesevenseas.net, this online-platform which aims to connect female artists, researchers and professionals from around the world working on and with the water.
Today, women are sailing the seas in greater numbers than ever before. As shefarers, activists, artists and researchers, they are exploring hydrarchy as an alternative way of living, trying to reclaim ports as public spaces, they fight for decolonisation, sea rescue, fair trade and endangered maritime eco-systems.
This is new. While women have fought with considerable success for gender equality on land, the maritime world seems far behind. The history of the seas is almost exclusively a history of men. And it‘s characterised by war, colonialism and exploitation. Change is needed. Women of the Seven Seas want to support this change. Together we want to make the presence of women* at sea more visible and respond to maritime questions in local and international contexts.
The symposium will be held in English and is open to everyone, free of charge.
2 pm - introduction by geheimagentur
2.30 pm – contribution by Françoise Vergès
3 pm - interview with Female Seafarers' Association of Nigeria (FESAN)
3.30 pm - conversation Françoise Vergès / FESAN / geheimagentur
4 pm - break
4.30 pm - contribution by Giuditta Vendrame
5 pm - contribution by Constance Hockaday
5.30 pm - contribution by Nova Ruth
followed by conversation Giuditta Vendrame / Constance Hockaday / Nova Ruth /geheimagentur
Meeting-ID: 814 5946 9114
Our first Women of the Seven Seas meeting! Spanning the planet from 10 am in the morning till 1 am in the night. We were so excited to start the conversations around a feminism of the seas! Looking forward to more meetings!