Imagination, knowledge, exploitation, from Antiquity to 1600
31 May-3 Jun 2017 Cerisy-la-Salle (France)

Aquatic Animals and Monsters of the Northern Seas: imagination, knowledge, exploitation, from Antiquity to 1600

The Colloquium is devoted to the history of fish, aquatic monsters and mammals in the northern seas (the English Channel, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Norwegian Sea, the North Atlantic), from antiquity to 1600. The colloquium is based on three themes:

  1. Transmission of Knowledge: naming, classifying, identifying
  2. Products of the Sea : fishing, cooking, transforming
  3. Iconography: representing marine monsters through centuries
  4. Between fantasy and reality: marine creatures in literature
  5. Whales: demography and migration

Publication of the proceedings in the journal Anthropozoologica :

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The event is organised by the Centre for Research in Archaeology, Ancient History and the Middle Ages (CRAHAM, University of Caen Normandy, UMR6273) as part of the research programme ICHTYA and that of the International Research Group, GDRI Zoomathia. It belongs to the cycle of colloquia on Medieval Normandy, organised by the Office Universitaire d’Etudes Normandes in partnership with the Centre Culturel International of Cerisy la Salle

Scientific comitee




The conference is organized by Centre Michel de Boüard – Craham (UMR 6273) (CNRS/Université de Caen).

Other partners and sponsors : OUEN, UNICAEN, CNRS, Centre culturel de Cerisy, Zoomathia.

Presentation of all sponsors and partners on Sponsors' page

Contact :
Thierry Buquet


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