History Colloquium: "A Woman's Place is Sliming Fish"
Monday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Monty Buell, chair of the history and philosophy department, will present “A Woman’s Place is Sliming Fish: Gender Identity in Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, in the Physics Lecture Hall.
After completing his dissertation on the history of the North Pacific salmon fishing industry, the associate professor of history conducted a subsequent research project, which led to his interest in the role of gender in the salmon fishing enterprise.
Women have participated in Alaska's commercial fisheries since their inception in the late nineteenth century. Women's roles in the fisheries have changed over the years, sometimes resulting in redefinitions of men's and women's work and other times blurring the lines between the two. In this history colloquium Buell will examine several changes in the work culture of Alaska's commercial fisheries and explore how these changes affected gender identity.