Konferenz/Tagung/Workshop, Sonstige Veranstaltung
Workshop „Wissens-Dinge II: Blind passengers and valuable artefacts - transport and spread of organisms in and with ships“
Organisiert durch das Deutsche Schifffahrtsmuseum und das Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt und
25. - 27. Juli 2018
Head quarter of the Leibniz-Association, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin
Ships play a major role in the transport and spread of organisms. Interestingly, until now the interaction between marine technology, shipping routes and the spread of organisms has never been looked at from a historical perspective. To do so enables us to consider the ‘human factor’ behind the spread of organisms via ships, that is to analyze both the way people perceived and valued the interdependence between their human made marine technology and biological diversity.
Ships were however also used for the increasing transport of animals and organisms relevant in the frame of the growing scientific infrastructure evolving around visual, written and material collections of natural history. In each collection of natural history, the interdependence between maritime infrastructures and collection behavior is manifest, but has never been analyzed in the frame of the conditions these infrastructures posed on them. What impact did shipping routes, boxes, harbors possess on the way our knowledge of natural history evolved?
The workshop will look at these two different ways of transporting organisms (by chance and by purpose) in a diachronic perspective (16th-20th centuries). It also aims at exploring new methodological paths for relating the analysis of material maritime technology and infrastructure with two historical fields, which is environmental history and the history of science.
The workshop is co-organized by the German Maritime Museum/ Leibniz-Institute for maritime History and by the Research Centre Gotha/University of Erfurt. It is part of a cycle in which we will look at the relationship between knowledge and things (‘Wissens-Dinge’).
Deadline for registration is July 15, 2018.
Ruth Schilling, German Maritime Museum, Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1, 27568 Bremerhaven, 0471-48 207 833, 0471-48 207 55,
Wednesday, 25th of July
19:00 (optional) Dinner
Thursday, 26th of July
1st Session, chair: Alix Cooper
9:00-9:15 “Wissens-Dinge”: a cooperation between Erfurt/ Gotha, Göttingen und Bremen/ Bremerhaven (Iris Schröder)
9:15-9:30 Introduction to the workshop topic (Jens Ruppenthal/Ruth Schilling)
9:30-10:15 Archives of Natural History Revisited (Franziska Torma)
10:15-11:00 Global Archives: The Material Traces of Mobility in Early Modern Ships (Ruth Schilling)
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
2nd session, chair: Iris Schröder
11:15-11:45 The Ship Transport and Conservation Introduction of Chimpanzees to Rubando Island (1966): Politics of Wildlife in the Decolonization of East Africa (Felix Schürmann)
11:45-12:30 Carrying and Collecting on the Australia Passage of the SS Great Britain. Zoology, Conchology and Infestation (James Boyd)
12:30-13:00 First round of general discussion
3rd session, chair: Lynn Nyhart
13:45-14:30 Actors and Transport Routes – The Columbian Exchange and the Transfer of Plants and Animals across the Sea (Thomas Eisentraut)
14:30-15:15 Delivered Ex Ship: Transportation of Natural History Objects and their Distribution via Port Cities (Talip Törün)
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
4th session, chair: Wolfgang Struck
15:45-16:30 Ecological Networks and Transfers between Australia, South Asia and Africa, 1850-1920 (Ulrike Kirchberger)
16:30-17:15 Globalised Stowaways: Ships and Marine Biodiversity in the Anthropocene (Jens Ruppenthal)
17:15-17:30 Coffee break
17:30-18:30 Final discussion
20:00 Conference dinner
Friday, 27th of July
10:00-12:00 Guided tour through the exhibition “Europe and the Sea” at the Deutsches Historisches Museum (Thomas Eisentraut)