“Fish Pay No Attention to Political Boundaries”: Tilapia and Travel in the Making of Today’s Indo-Pacific

Thursday, November 9, 2023
4:30- 5:30 pm HST
319 Moore Hall
Reception to Follow

Join Anthony Medrano (Presidential Young Professor of Environmental Studies, Yale-NUS College) for a talk following fish in a way that opens up a new kind of intersection for the environmental humanities, Asian studies, and transregional histories. In particular, it thinks with the travels of the Mozambique tilapia in the period between the 1930s and the 1960s to show how and explain why this fish’s movements were central to the making of today’s Indo-Pacific.

Anthony D. Medrano is the Presidential Young Professor of Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS College and a faculty member in the NUS Department of History. His teaching and research examine how the histories and legacies of economic life, scientific practice, and biodiversity research have shaped our understandings of Southeast Asia today-particularly as a region of megacities and hotspots. He’s the editor of Lala-Land: Singapore’s Seafood Heritage (Epigram Books, forthcoming) and co-editor with Nicole Aboitiz CuUnjieng of a special Philippine- focused issue of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (forthcoming). He is completing his first book, The Edible Ocean: Science, Industry, and the Rise of Urban Southeast Asia, which is under contract with Yale University Press. His degrees are from Humboldt (BA), Hawaii (MA, MA), and Wisconsin (PhD).

This event is organized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Asian Studies and cosponsored by the Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and Department of Pacific Islands Studies.