Thursday, February 16, 2023 4pm
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““Harpies”, “Caribs” and “Beasts of the Sea”: Thinking about Itinerancy Across the Species Boundary in the Early Modern Iberian Tuna Fisheries” - Molly A. Warsh
A consideration of the early modern history of the southern Spanish tuna fisheries (almadrabas) reveals that early modern Spanish ideas about itinerancy were forming across the species boundary, shaped by perceptions of maritime migrations. The behavior of migrating maritime creatures—perhaps particularly the largest and most valuable among them, such as Atlantic bluefin tuna—and peoples’ approaches to catching, consuming, coexisting, or killing them, resonated deeply at a moment in which the significance of the ocean itself, as an impediment to or facilitator of movement (in addition to being a source of sustenance) was rapidly evolving.
Molly A. Warsh is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh, where she directs the Alliance for Learning in World History, a collaboration of educators and history scholars organized to advance the teaching and learning of world history in classrooms in the U.S. and globally. She is also (since 2021) the Editor of the Journal of Early Modern History. Among other publications, she is the author of American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire 1492-1700, which was published by the Omohundro Institute with the University of North Carolina Press in 2018.