Tipp: Linkdossier „Transoceanic Cultures“

You don’t really know what to expect at our next WeberWorldCafé „Transoceanic Culture: The Sea in Past and Present“?  If you’d like to know what kind of topics you might be discussing on October 26 in Heidelberg, we have gathered some links for you (in English and German) so you can read up on transoceanic cultures, lost letters and our wonder for the seven seas.


Digitalisation ahoy! The Guardian has recently published an article about the Prize Paper Project – that’s 160,000 undelivered letters from captured British ships that are now to be digitalised for free online access. We’re lucky to have two members of the Prize Paper Project as table hosts: You will find Lucas Haasis and Annika Raapke from Oldenburg University at the “Fluid Disciplines and Archives” table. Read up on the project here.


Our table host for the “Animals at Sea and Underwater Worlds” table, Laurence Publicover, and geochemist Katharine Hendy (both from the University of Bristol) talk about the wonder of the sea and why it is important for us to rediscover it in order to save the oceans. Find it over here at the online platform The Conversation.


Also at The Conversation: Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African Literature, discusses the influence imperialism and colonialism had and still have on what we know about the ocean and the way we imagine it as “empty” space. Read the article here.


In July, The Guardian published an article that deals with the devastating effects pollution and fishing cause for almost all oceans – while covering 70% of the earth, just 13% of the oceans are not yet damaged by human activity. Find out more.


You still want more facts about oceans? In its “Meerwoche”, the German radio station FluxFM has curated some interesting interviews with people who work with the sea in one way or another. Listen to the collected audio files here [German].


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