The Feminist Fisheries Writing Bootcamp organized by the Ocean Frontier Institute proposed to bring together OFI and other relevant scholars in St. John’s and globally, whose research focuses on gendered aspects of fisheries and aquaculture. The proposal aligned with OFI Module I, and Module M which highlight the significance of understanding social processes shaping ocean environments and their use, including understanding how these processes are gendered. The objective of the boot camp was threefold: 1) to bring together scholars who are researching gender in fisheries in order to create a strong network within this area of expertise closely linked to OFI; 2) to provide a constructive and productive environment to work on writing up research, literature, policy and other reviews with a gender and fisheries focus; and 3) to allow gender and fisheries focused OFI and other researchers to develop a plan for a session at the upcoming MARE 2019 conference in Amsterdam that could form the basis of a special issue in an agreed upon journal.
The Writing Bootcamp was held on January 18-20, 2019 at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Thirteen people attended, including masters and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, professors, and one person from a community organization. Remote participants were calling in from Switzerland, Brazil, Vancouver, and Corner Brook. According to the organizer, Dr. Christine Knott, the Bootcamp event worked well to create a space for researchers to come together and explore gaps and similarities in research on a global scale and strengthen the foundation for more gendered-informed work within OFI. The feedback from participants was very positive and everyone was interested in participating in similar boot camps in the future. This model would work well for large groups of people writing on similar topics, joint papers, or just who need a shared space and time to participate in structured writing.