Family Business: The Emergence of the Sea Frontier of the Colonial Anglo-World

Duration: September 2017 - June 2019 (seed grant)

This project focusses on the sea frontier as a socio-ecological, economic, and political space across the “Anglo-world” (James Belich). It is the aim of this project to retrace the emergence of the colonial Anglo sea frontier by every-day, mundane practices of a colonial encounter. It follows a group of Nantucket/New Bedford whaling families and their businesses across the globe. They were connected not only by their economic cooperation but also by their shared religious beliefs as members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The project is funded by the Forschungszentrum Europa: Strukturen langer Dauer und Gegenwartsprobleme (FZE). It is part of the research projects of the Trierer Institut zur Erforschung des Transfers von Menschen, Gütern und Ideen von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (TRANSMARE).


Principal Investigators

PD Dr. Eva Bischoff (Trier University)

International Advisors:

Prof. Dr. Angela Wanhalla (University of Otago); Chris Maxworthy (Australian Association for Maritime History/ University of Sydney)

Doctoral Researcher, MA

Haureh Hussein, MA (Trier University)