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Harvesting the sea : Mediterranean fishing economies societies and practices (XVth-XXIst century)

Moissonner la mer : économies, sociétés et pratiques halieutiques méditerranéennes (XVe-XXIe siècle)

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Published on Friday, December 11, 2015 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Occupying today less than 250.000 workers for the whole Mediterranean basin, fishing activities have left their mark on the history of coastal societies since Antiquity. On the Northwestern banks, these activities have undergone significant changes since the end of the Middle Ages. From the XVth century, a series of technological innovations accelerate the integration of fishing communities to the economies of their times. The multiplication of new actors involved in providing fishing gear, resource transformation, its distribution as well as the implementation of council politics intended to ensure urban markets supply, generates a dilatation of the fishing economies’ sphere. 

Announcement

11-12 October 2016

Aix-en-Provence, MMSH, UMR TELEMME, 2016

Coord.

  • Gilbert Buti : buti@mmsh.univ-aix.fr,
  • Daniel Faget : daniel.faget@univ-amu.fr,
  • Olivier Raveux : raveux@mmsh.univ-aix.fr,
  • Solène Rivoal : solenn.rivoal@gmail.com

Argument

Occupying today less than 250.000 workers for the whole Mediterranean basin, fishing activities have left their mark on the history of coastal societies since Antiquity.

On the Northwestern banks, these activities have undergone significant changes since the end of the Middle Ages. From the XVth century, a series of technological innovations accelerate the integration of fishing communities to the economies of their times. The multiplication of new actors involved in providing fishing gear, resource transformation, its distribution as well as the implementation of council politics intended to ensure urban markets supply, generates a dilatation of the fishing economies’ sphere. Interconnected within the Northwestern area of the Mediterranean since the XVIth century, fishing communities also answer to a demand enlarged to the Oriental basin and to the oceans, as west-east flows constitute privileged axis of distribution for certain endemic resources. Crossing the flows of Atlantic fish which arrive massively to mediterranean ports since the beginning of the modern era, occidental fleets are also found involved in cod fishing. Present on the coast of Maghreb and Mauritania all along the modern era, capable of assimilating certain fishing processes with which they were previously unfamiliar with, these fleets progressively diffuse their techniques on the eastern Mediterranean shores, whereas the first concerns on the resource continuity are expressed earlier.

Gathering researchers specialized in the Mediterranean studies, the objective of the Aix-Marseille international symposium is to address these questions from an interdisciplinary dimension (history, archaeology, biology, economy, law) while inviting diachronic and comparative approaches.

What mutations have affected marine or lagoon Mediterranean fishing since the XVth century, at what rhythm and within which space? Was the evolution of southern banks fishing economies autonomous prior the colonisation period? To what extent is the fishing economy already connected to the marine world since the modern era? How did fishing communities adapt to the progressive capitalisation of their activity? Can one identify the signs and date the first effects of real or supposed marine environment overexploitation in the Mediterranean? Can the reactivation of ancient techniques provide solutions to nowadays issues posed by the requirements of sustainable development?

Submission guidelines

These questions can be the subject of communication proposals which should be submitted to the organisers

by the 15th of March,

accompanied by a 1500 to 2000 signs (including spaces) summary and a short CV. Publication of the texts is planned, these being peer-reviewed beforehand.

Contact

Daniel Faget: daniel.faget@univ-amu.fr

The symposium languages will be either French, English, Spanich or Italian

Scientific committee

  • Jamila BEN SOUISSI (Biologiste, Département Bio technologie halieutique, INAT-Tunis)
  • Alain BARCELO, (Biologiste, Parc National de Port-Cros)
  • Emmanuel BOTTE (Archéologue, UMR 7299 CAMILLE JULLIAN-CNRS)
  • Gilbert BUTI (Historien, UMR 7303 TELEMME-AMU)
  • Laurence LE DIREACH (Biologiste, GIS POSIDONIES)
  • Daniel FAGET (Historien, UMR 7303 TELEMME-AMU)
  • François FERAL (Juriste, USR 3278 CNRS-EPHE-CRIOBE Université de Perpignan)
  • Alfons GARRIDO ESCOBAR (Historien, Musée des pêches de Gérone)
  • Olivier RAVEUX (Historien, UMR 7303 TELEMME-CNRS)
  • Solène RIVOAL (Historienne, doctorante TELEMME)
  • Sandrine RUITTON (Océanologue, Institut Méditerranéen d’Océanologie-AMU)
  • Paolo CALCAGNO (Historien, Université de Gênes)

Places

  • Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, 5 rue du Château de l'Horloge. B. P. 647 Cedex 02
    Aix-en-Provence, France (13094)

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Keywords

  • pêche, Méditerranée, biologie, ressource, poisson, pêcheur

Contact(s)

  • Daniel Faget
    courriel : daniel [dot] faget [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

Information source

  • Olivier Raveux
    courriel : raveux [at] mmsh [dot] univ-aix [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Harvesting the sea : Mediterranean fishing economies societies and practices (XVth-XXIst century) », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Friday, December 11, 2015, https://calenda.org/350444

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