The 34th Annual Lecture of the GHI will be delivered by Roland Wenzlhuemer (Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität München) with a comment by Francesca Trivellato (Institute for Advanced Study).
The lecture will examine the global transshipment of millions of tons of sand and stone as shipping ballast. It will follow the various practices of loading and unloading ballast and study how the most diverse actors—from captains to so-called “ballast coolies”—negotiated the necessity of travelling in ballast. It will identify the problems and obligations resulting from the unintended consequences of the practice and show how it linked "the global" and "the local." In so doing, the lecture will shed light on an unwanted by-product of globalization and its impact on global actors and environments.