[MARMAM] Whaling History Conference, Cologne, Germany, November 2006

Klaus Barthelmess barthval at t-online.de
Thu Jun 15 10:22:24 PDT 2006

Dear colleagues,
This is to announce the

Seventh Cologne Whaling Meeting
Cologne, Germany
10 – 12 November 2006
The triennial Cologne Whaling Meetings are one of only two regular
international conferences on the cultural history of human-cetacean
relations, worldwide, from prehistoric times to the present day.
In the past, they have attracted between 60 and 80 participants from up to a
dozen countries. 
Friday evening starts with the traditional „greasy gossip“, a casual warm-up
reunion in a Cologne pub, where you can meet old friends and make new ones
from all over the whaling world.
Saturday will feature an all-day conference programme of eight
presentations, with coffee and lunch breaks in between. There will be a
Saturday night dinner (at participants’ own expense), hopefully – as in
previous years – followed by a concert of whaling-related music, which
currently, though, is not yet scheduled (suggestions welcome).
Sunday morning will be devoted to four more presentations. The conference
will close around 1:30 PM.
As usual, participants can expect to see a specially arranaged exhibition.
Current plans aim at compiling a pioneering, ambitious exhibition on „Baleen
in Art and Artifacts from Seven Centuries“.
Presentations cover the entire range of human-cetacean relations, from
mythology, literature, art, archaeology, music, law, technology of whale
products and whaling methods, the history and maintenance of whaling
collections and monuments, historical strandings, early cetology, whaling
history, personal recollections of whaling veterans, to current whaling

Here is this year's program:

Friday, 10 November 2006
18:00 Casual warm-up reunion of conference participants for „greasy gossip"
at a Cologne pub, location to be disclosed to registered participants.
Saturday, 11 November 2006
Conference venue to be disclosed to registered participants.
09:00 admission & registration
09:30 Klaus Barthelmess, Cologne: opening remarks
09:40 Dr. Uwe Schnall, formerly German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven: Whale
food, Vinland, Anno 1002: The literary tradition of the first whale recorded
to have been eaten in the New World

10: 25 Ingvar Svanberg, University of Uppsala, Sweden: Troll whales in
Scandinavian folklore and mythology
11:10 coffee break
11:25 Jorge Guzman-Gutierrez, PhD, visiting scholar, Scott Polar Research
Institute, Cambridge, & ambassadorial secretary, Embassy of Chile in Oslo:
Whales and whalers of the Southern Seas: Testimonies from cartography and
travel accounts of the 16th and 17th centuries

12:10 Karin Gille-Linne, historian, & Sandra Juwig, architect,
Hannoversch Münden, Germany: How did the narwhal get to Hannoversch Münden?
Carvings in 17th-century half-timbering in the South of Lower Saxony,Germany

12:55 lunch break
14:00 Nicholas Redman, Worldwide whale bone inventory project, Teddington,
England: The whale bone inventory project – progress report

14:45 Thierry du Pasquier, whaling historian, Paris: The changing uses of
baleen in people’s daily lives
15:30 coffee break
15:45 Tony Dumitru, Nantucket Historical Association: Whaling and the
spermaceti candle industry on Nantucket

16:30 Dr. Karen Oslund, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC: North
Atlantic whaling: A case study for global whaling politics?

17:15 adjourn
19:30 dinner buffet at Cologne Restaurant, location to be disclosed.
Sunday, 12 November 2006
location at previous day’s conference venue
09:30 conference venue opens

09:55 Klaus Barthelmess, Cologne: hangover remarks
10:00 Joost Schokkenbroek, Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum, Amsterdam: Too hot
to handle?  Dutch whaling and seal hunting in the Arctic during the
nineteenth century

10:45 Susan Lebo, PhD, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii: Nineteenth-century
whaling trade with Pacific indigenous communities
11:30 coffee break
11:45 Jan-Erik Ringstad, Christensen’s Whaling Museum, Sandefjord, Norway:
Sandefjord’s development into the world’s whaling capital

12:30 Elva Guðmundsdóttir, M.A. University of Iceland, & park ranger: Whale
at three o’clock! Joy and disappointment in Icelandic whale-watching
[supernumerary, in case a presenter drops out at short notice:
Klaus Barthelmess, Cologne: Norwegian Whaling Association versus Olympic
Whaling Company – a ploy in the CIA campaign against Onassis?]
13:15 Klaus Barthelmess: Closing remarks, adjourn till November 2009
Participation, however, is by personal invitation of the organizer only!
Request your invitation by sending an application to participate, outlining
your specific interest in whaling history, to barthval a-t t-online.de <edit
if you are not a spammer>. No attachments! The organizer reserves the right
to refuse participation.

First-timers may be asked to pre-pay their conference fee upon successful
registration by bank transfer or paypal. Others pay cash upon arrival.

The participation fee will probably be in the range of 75 Euros, and will
cover break snacks and beverages, as well as the conference pack including a
souvenir. The dinner on Saturday is at participants’ own expense.

Klaus Barthelmess
Whaling Research Project
Cologne, Germany
barthval at t-online.de <edit if you are not a spammer>

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