'Eating the Oceans' - Book Launch and Author Talk

8 March 2017

An event held in partnership with Sydney University Museums and the Sydney Environment Institute.

Mermaids and Herring Quines: Gender in the more-than-human

The world of fishing is a very masculine one – from images of iconic heroic fishermen to advertisements featuring men wresting bears for salmon ("It's the fish that John West rejects that makes John West, the best"). Yet women do the bulk of the work in fisheries worldwide, normally as the unseen processors or the wives who keep the books for family-run fisheries. To celebrate International Women's Day, this talk looks at the mythical and historical roles of women: from the mermaids who bedevilled sailors to the Herring Quines or Lassies who followed the herring from the tip of north Scotland to Falmouth. And then there are the women who voiced concerns about the imminent collapse of the Canadian cod fishery but were not listened to. It is time to make women's voices count if we are to hope for sustainable fisheries.

Professor Elspeth Probyn's talk will be followed by the launch of her book Eating the Oceans (Duke University Press, 2016), with Professor Mandy Thomas (Queensland University of Technology) and Professor David Schlosberg (Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute,The University of Sydney).

Register: This event is free, although bookings are essential. Please RSVP below.

Event details

  • When: 5.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Where:

    While we transition to the new Chau Chak Wing Museum, Macleay Museum events will be hosted in the Nicholson Museum.

    Nicholson Museum
    The Quadrangle
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  • Cost: Free
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  • Contact: Museum Reception
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'Eating the Oceans' - Book Launch and Author Talk

Where

While we transition to the new Chau Chak Wing Museum, Macleay Museum events will be hosted in the Nicholson Museum.

Nicholson Museum
The Quadrangle
Find us on a Map!

When

8 March 2017


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