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Fishing, Gaelic and Environment in the Outer Hebrides

Fishing, Gaelic and Environment in the Outer Hebrides
Speaker: Dr Magnus Course # University of Edinburgh; Introduced by: Dr Isabel Fletcher # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
28th Nov 2019 16:30 - 28th Nov 2019 18:00
Seminar Room 6, 15a George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD.

In this short talk, I address the relation between fishing, Gaelic and environment in the Outer Hebrides, and in particular, I ask two questions: firstly, why should people who care about Gaelic care about fishing? and secondly, why should people who care about fishing care about Gaelic? The short answer to both of these questions is that in the Outer Hebrides, Gaelic and fishing are inextricably bound together. A focus on Gaelic and fishing leads us inevitably to a third term – environment – and as I shall argue, Gaelic forms an essential part of a centuries-old relationship with the sea, one premised on care, custodianship, and sustainability. I will also show a short film, Muir ar n-aithreachean, which addresses these issues.

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