The establishment of the Catalan fishing community in Marseille after 1725

16 December 2021. From 18:30 | Presentation | French | IEMed
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The settlement of the small population of Catalan fishermen in the port of Marseille, between 1720 and 1793, continues to be an overlooked fact in historiography. Contrary to the idea inherited from 19th century literature, foreign fishermen were not a marginalized population of the city. Their integration, as proven by their presence in the new Rive-Neuve neighbourhoods, cannot be understood without analysing the social fractures that Marseille fishing industry was going through in the 18th century.

Daniel Faget is a doctor in Modern and Contemporary History and a professor at the Aix-Marseille University. He has been involved in many research programs, among them, he has been jointly head for the SACOLEVE program (Spacial and tempral Adaptations of a traditional Mediterranean fishery facing Regional Change: COmbining history and ecoLogy to study past, present and future sponge harVEsting), and has formed part of several scientific commissions such as the Parc National des Calanques or the Parc National de Port-Cros, as well as the executive office of the ITEM (Institut pour la transition environnementale en Méditerranée). Some of his most recent publications include Multi-secular and regional trends of aquatic biodiversity in European Early Modern paintings: toward an ecological and historical significance (2021) and Éloge vagabund de la Méditerranée (2020).

Conference by Daniel Faget, associate professor of Modern History and Jaume Dantí i Riu, full professor in Modern History (UB). Co-organised by the IEMed as part of the Aula Mediterrània 2021-22 programme in collaboration with Master’s in History and Identities in the Western Mediterranean UB/UA/UV/ Universitat Jaume I.

This lecture takes place at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona and it can also be followed on the IEMed Youtube Channel.



Daniel Faget

Associate professor of Modern History Aix-Marseille University

Jaume Dantí i Riu

Full professor in Modern History UB

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