Heritage of migrations between waterscapes and landscapes

Drawing of a chinese boat
George Chinnery, Chinese Boats, 1834

Project Team: Mariana Pinto Leitão Pereira

Project Support and Funding: The Leverhulme Trust

The research uses heritage as a lens to further our understanding of how knowledge is localised in contemporary migration patterns taking place between different geographical features. The project focuses on the water-to-land migration experiences of boat-dwelling communities settled in Macau, in the Southeast coast of China, and seeks to analyse how fisherfolk knowledge and water-based cosmologies and practices (in its multiple material and intangible expressions) have been sustained on land in post-displacement settings. Combining a critical heritage lens alongside more-than-human approaches, the project ultimately aims to clarify how perceptions and conceptions of heritage shift in waterscapes entanglements, and to further explore how knowledge of ‘water geographies’ on land could be directed for climate action and to address climate displacement. This research aligns with SDG 11, to understand migration patterns and settlements, with SDG 13 on climate action, and SDG 14, regarding traditional knowledge of ocean ecosystems and weather-systems, as well as knowledge of marine species, water-based belief systems, boat construction and ocean navigation.

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