Lecture by Ulf Brunnbauer, director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, with the topic «Stories from the Can. What Oil Sardines can tell us about Class and Politics in the Adriatic since the 19th century»
The lecture by professor Ulf Brunnbauer on "Stories from the Can. What Oil Sardines can tell us about Class and Politics in the Adriatic since the 19th century" will take place via zoom on Monday 31 May, at 7 pm (UTC+3).
Ulf Brunnbauer is academic director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and chair of History of Southeast and Eastern Europe at the University of Regensburg. His recent books include Geschichte Südosteuropas (together with Klaus Buchenau, 2018) and Globalizing Southeastern Europe. Emigrants, America and the State since the 19th century (2016).
A 1968 German booklet on the European Sardine claims that “Sardines in oil are among the best-known fish products in the world”. Yet, canned sardines are not only a convenient product but also congealed labour. In his talk professor Brunnbauer will reflect on the relations between labour, gender, and politics in what today is Croatia on the example of the fish preservation industry, which emerged in the late 19th century. Putting this story in a comparative perspective, he argues that the canned sardine offers new vistas on the economic and social history of coastal communities, and on the interaction of humans with the sea. Due to climate change, the sardine might soon be history in the Adriatic.
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