25. Minisymposium am 06.11.2008

Marine Environmental History

Vortrag: René Taudal Poulsen, PhD 
Assisant Professor in Maritime History, University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Dänemark

This presentation will introduce the emerging field of marine environmental history, which combines maritime history and fisheries science in new ways in order to understand the dynamics of fisheries. Marine environmental history is relevant both to historians and fisheries biologists. The field examines the drivers of change within historical fisheries and coastal communities. It asks what caused changes and examines both human aspects, such as economy, politics and social relations, as well as natural aspects, such as ecosystem changes and changes in fish stock abundances.The paper argues that maritime environmental history has a strong potential for enhancing our understanding of dynamics in past maritime societies by incorporating ecological aspects into a historical analysis. Furthermore, the paper demonstrates the relevance of marine environmental history to the ongoing environmental debate, by asking if the present state of marine ecosystems is unprecedented in a longterm, historical perspective. Marine environmental history allows historians and biologists to estimate past fish stock abundances.

For more information please see: http://www.sam.sdu.dk/ansat/rtp

Place / Ort: IFF, Schottenfeldgasse 29, 1070 Wien, 6. Stock, Seminarraum 6 
Time / Zeit: Donnerstag, 6. November 2008, 19:00 - 21:00 Uhr (Bitte beachten Sie den späteren Beginn!)