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  • AutorenbildLaura Otto

Visiting Scholar at CERMES, Barbados



My time as visiting scholar in May 2023 at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) in Barbados has been an enriching experience. I enjoyed engaging in stimulating academic discussions with colleagues and students. Moreover, conducting fieldwork in fish markets and ministries, at bars and beaches, in laboratories and wetlands opened new perspectives on coastal transformations in the Anthropocene, with, for example, flying fish becoming an ever-scarcer resource, causing conflict with neighboring islands over water sovereignty, yet lying at the heart of the island state’s national dish. The stories of the declining flying fish population which I heard throughout the island epitomized the intricate interplay between environmental change, resource scarcity, and everyday life.

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