21 March 2019
7.30pm-9.00pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, Elmwood Avenue, BT7 1NN
Russell Fielding is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of the South, Tennessee. Based on a decade of award-winning fieldwork, his talk will describe the art, history, and challenge of whaling in the Caribbean and North Atlantic where, despite declining stocks worldwide and increasing health risks, artisanal whaling remains a cultural practice tied to nature’s rhythms.
Sightings of pilot whales in the frigid Nordic waters have drawn residents of the Faroe Islands to their boats and beaches for nearly a thousand years, whilst around the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, artisanal whaling is a younger trade, shaped by the legacies of slavery and colonialism but no less important to the local population.
Russell will show that each culture has developed a distinct approach to whaling that preserves key traditions, while adapting to threats of scarcity, the requirements of regulation, and a growing awareness of the humane treatment of animals.
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