Work packages


Work packages

The research project is organized in such a manner that we are able to explain how the high seas took on the modalities of a medium, an asset and a territory, and following this, which possibilities these features have created and eventually, which limits they hold.

The general research questions related to how representations of the oceans change, their regulatory implications and dynamics are analyzed in regards to their modality functions as origins, possibilities and limits. We approach this through studies of legal dilemmas, historical changes and aesthetical formations.

The project is organized in three work packages each attending to a particular modality and is equipped to search out the limits of the specific modality, but also facilitate comparison between the formation and transformation of each modality. The following describes each individual sub-project, its approach and methods.

An overview of how this is organized is given in the table below.


1 Medium

2 Asset

3 Territory

Overview of work packages


From Mare Oceanum to The High Seas

Knut Ove Eliassen (NTNU)/ Phd student (NTNU)

Isabel Capeloa Gil (UCP)

Treasures from the Deep

Mats Ingulstad (NTNU)

How our oceans got numbered

Gard Paulsen (NTNU)


Mapping the Sea in the age of the Enlightenment

Ellen Krefting (UiO)


Ocean Space Visions for an Alternative Energy Future

Thomas Brandt (NTNU)

Underwater Cultural Heritage as a Claim on the Commons

Lucas Lixinski (UNSW)


Retaining Liberty, Representing Novelty

Håkon With Andersen (NTNU)

The Law of the Sea Convention and the concept of Common Heritage of Mankind

Tirza Meyer (NTNU)*

Freedom of the Seas in the 21st Century

Rosemary Rayfuse (UNSW)