This intervention develops arguments in our book Capitalism and the Sea (Verso, 2021) on the complex temporalities attached to capitalism's intense and peculiar relationship to the global ocean. Technological innovations like the steamship or containerisation plainly transformed the pace and intensity of maritime commerce, and aspects of the global economy. We take this further to argue that the very origins and periodisation of capitalism are connected to the global ocean; as will be our futures, given the unpredictable implications of the oceans acting as the biosphere's 'heat sink'. We consider three stylised expressions of time at sea: surface-time, social-time and deep-time, suggesting that the ocean world as a geographical space articulates these in distinctive and contradictory ways.
Liam Campling, Professor of International Business & Development, Queen Mary University of London
Alejandro Colás, Professor of International Relations, Birkbeck, University of London