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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


  • corona-school-closed A strange semester July 5, 2020

    We are now in the second year of our project. It is not quite going as planned. This is the year in which we should have made significant progress with our data collection, but unfortunately all team members have had to postpone their fieldwork due to Covid-19. We also had to cancel academic events, postpone conference presentations, and cope with other uncertainties. An overview of a strange semester.

  • 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.


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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 June 30, 2020 10:09 AM