Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Colloquium: "The Stench of Codfish: Remembering the Transformations of Taste and Smell of Gadus Morhua and Other Gadiforms in 20th-Century Puerto Rico"

Fri, October 19, 2018 | RLP 0.128 (formerly CLA)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Codfish, bacalao, a type of gadiform, was a Spanish gastronomic tradition that became deeply embedded within Puerto Rican culture. Bacalao was one of the main products imported from Spain in the colonial period to feed the first settlers. Codfish eventually became a main protein source for African slaves, peasants, and rural workers before turning into an indispensable foodstuff by the early twentieth century. This presentation, by Tinker Visiting Resource Professor Manuel Valdés Pizzini, is an anthropological and historical analysis of the role of codfish in Puerto Rico and its relationship with Newfoundland, Canada, the source of the locally consumed codfish. The talk is also a reflection of Valdés Pizzini’s obsession with codfish and how it influenced his professional career.

Manuel Valdés Pizzini has been a professor in the Departamento de Ciencias Sociales at the Universidad de Puerto Rico in Mayagüez since 1989. His expertise lies within the field of sociocultural anthropology and his research focuses on small-scale fisheries, fishing communities, and the governance of coastal and forest resources of the U.S. Caribbean. He has published numerous articles, reports, and books describing environmental and sociopolitical dynamics associated to natural resource governance, among them the 2014 report People, Habitats, Species, and Governance: An Assessment of the Socio-Ecological System of La Parguera, Puerto Rico and The Transformation of the Puerto Rican Landscape and the Discipline of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a co-authored book published in 2011.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Geography and the Environment at 512-232-1595.


Co-sponsored by the Departments of Geography & the Environment and History, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

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