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LRCCS Interdisciplinary Workshop Series | Tackling Fish in the Mongol Empires: Consumption, Ecology, and Northern Exchange

Christopher DeCou, PhD Student, U-M Department of History
Monday, January 30, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 447 Weiser Hall Map
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The workshop presentation is about historical ecology during the Mongol Empire through the case study of sturgeon. In examining the relationships with wildlife, the paper argues firstly that sturgeon participated in the social world of the steppe due to their value in traditional ecological knowledge; and secondly, because of these connections, Mongol and imperial demand for sturgeon and its products stimulated a new intensified exchange with sturgeon, contributing additional evidence to the Mongol Exchange as a turning point in historical ecology.

Christopher DeCou is a third year PhD student in the U-M history department, where he is preparing for a dissertation in the histories of science, technology, and medicine in East Asia. His project, still being formed, will employ Mongolian, Manchu, Chinese, and additional sources to explore Qing cultures of science through institutions, collections, calculating devices, natural history, and materia medica. He studied Chinese as well as Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Michigan, and he completed his masters at the University of Chicago.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Asia, China, History
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures

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