Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge

Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, 118 Trident Way
Kodiak, Alaska
February 8, 2017
6:00 pm

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In Iceland, women have worked at sea for centuries, sometimes alongside men and also alone. They have commanded boats, and been lauded for their abilities. But today in Iceland, this history is all but erased; women working at sea today are almost invisible. Why? Author Margaret Willson explores the vivid lives of women, past and present, and the fascinating society from which they hail. Their experiences bring up questions about how we all create history and even our reality.

Anthropologist Margaret Willson, who worked at sea herself when she was younger, has been conducting research with seawomen in Iceland for several years, resulting in her recent book Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge (University of Washington Press 2016). Previous to her current research, Margaret has done research in Papua New Guinea and Brazil, has taught in several countries, worked in ethnographic film, and was for sixteen years International Director of an NGO. She is currently Affiliate Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology and the Canadian Studies Center’s Arctic Program at the University of Washington.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Hosted by Alaska Sea Grant with support from the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Kodiak Maritime Museum.

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