Naor Ben-Yehoyada: "A Sea of Scales: Fishing and Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II"
Departmental Seminar Series features Naor Ben-Yehoyada, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University.
The seminar is followed by informal gathering, at which refreshments are served. All are welcome!
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Naor Ben-Yehoyada specializes in maritime, political, and historical anthropology. His work examines unauthorized migration, criminal justice, the aftermath of development, and transnational political imaginaries in the central and eastern Mediterranean.
This year's Sutlive Book Prize winner is Naor Ben-Yehoyada for his book The Mediterranean Incarnate: Transnational Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Naor Ben-Yehoyada takes us aboard a fishing boat for a thirty-seven-day voyage in the fishing grounds between Sicily and Tunisia. Through his sophisticated approach, Ben-Yehoyada places the quotidian on-board dramas within a much larger story that extends through space and time, thereby connecting the vessel’s home port of Mazara del Vallo in Sicily to Tunisia and to a wider Mediterranean imaginary reaching back to the end of Second World War and well before. The result is not only a singular investigation into the postwar political economy of industrial-scale fishing, but also a compelling case for how a place anthropologists and historians thought they knew might allow us to rethink the meaning of the transnational.