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Welcome to the Aquarium of Curiosities!
This is a growing collection of cultural material on the ocean from or about the global South. Feel free to browse the curiosities as they swim, drift, float and flow past.
The Aquarium of Curiosities is an experiment in archive creation, sampling the range of creative and critical work on southern seas, and establishing a basis for further research. Like a cabinet of curiosities, it aims to feature interesting examples. However, like an aquarium, it is organised in ways that are more random and fluid than the colonial categories of the cabinet. Think of it as flotsam of cultural production on the oceans from the relatively underrepresented parts of the world.
The process of curation is relatively free form. The only criteria are that the curiosity is related to the ocean (coastlines, submarine worlds, ports, maritime networks, ships, fish, and so on); to the global south (the poorer parts of the world, the third world, the developing world, but also the southern hemisphere more loosely defined); and ideally also to the arts and humanities (literature, art, history, theatre, film, design, stories or science that engages the imagination in some way).
Please jump in and join us, by sending in your contributions. All we need is a link/image/text, and a single line or quote which indicates why this sparked your interest. Please send to