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Whales of Power

Whales of Power: Aquatic Mammals, Devotional Practices, and Environmental Change in Maritime East Asia is an ERC-funded research project (2019-2023). It focuses on ritual practices and changing human-nature relations in the Asia-Pacific region.

About the project


  • mui-ne Whales of Power: the first year Dec. 12, 2019

    Almost a year has passed since Whales of Power started. The project is still in its early stages - much work remains to be done in the coming years - but some important first steps have been made. Now that we are approaching the end of 2019, WhoP project leader Aike Rots looks back at the first year.

  • florence New WhoP postdoc Dec. 12, 2019

    Last week, Florence Durney started as a postdoc in the Whales of Power project. The next three years, she will be conducting research on traditional whaling, religion, and ecology in Indonesia. Here she introduces herself and her project.

  • whop-office WhoP PhD candidates Nov. 19, 2019

    Whales of Power currently has three PhD researchers. Sonja Åman and Tuan Anh Nguyen started in September 2019. They conduct research on, respectively, whaling and spirituality among indigenous peoples around the Pacific Ocean and contemporary Vietnamese whale god worship. Marius Palz started in November 2019. His research focuses on the historical and contemporary meanings of the Okinawan dugong. They introduce themselves and their projects.


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Two pictures: 1. EU-logo with 13 yellow stars on blue background. 2. ERC logo with ERC with big letters, European Research Centre with small letters and Established by European Comission with small letters. And small orange points in a circle.

This project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 803211 (ERC Starting Grant 2018).
Published Dec. 18, 2018 2:17 PM - Last modified Mar. 31, 2020 8:59 AM