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Ghosts of the Techno-Fix Ocean? A Short History of Periphylla periphylla in the Norwegian Fjords
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (The Mediated Planet)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3846-7779
2024 (English)In: Humanities, E-ISSN 2076-0787, Vol. 13, no 2, article id 44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 1980, reports of deep-sea jellyfish blooms in Norwegian fjords led researchers to investigate the problem. The helmet jellyfish, Periphylla periphylla, has since migrated far north into Arctic waters. This paper examines what happened when the jellyfish blooms were noticed in 1980 from a historical and ethnographic perspective. It traces four research projects and business ideas that proposed solutions to the jellyfish problem and asks how they are representative of the ways in which humans meet the challenges of anthropogenic climate change. The paper concludes that the jellyfish problem was met with a “techno-fix” attitude that sought to “turn a problem into a resource”, which eventually leads to what Julia Livingston has termed “self-devouring growth”. In a final outlook, the article asks how we can engage with questions of conservation from a humanities perspective and concludes that the jellyfish story can help us to ask questions about “conservation for whom”.

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MDPI AG , 2024. Vol. 13, no 2, article id 44
Keywords [en]
jellyfish; conservation; alien species; history of marine resources; ocean history; Anthropocene ocean; Periphylla periphylla; jellyfish bloom
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-344300DOI: 10.3390/h13020044ISI: 001211132400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85191695509OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-344300DiVA, id: diva2:1844016
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-00512_Formas
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