Event 1

Finding innovation: codfish trade from the Hanse to the future

Stockfish has been traded since the middle ages and has become a widely accessible product throughout different time periods in Europe and beyond. Today stockfish is an example of a sustainable good that is regionally valued at its origin and beyond the Nordics where it is mainly consumed. Trade plays an important part in this process. We look for ideas and actions to see how history can inspire new research and innovation in the ways we trade.

The talk will look at stockfish trade between the past, the present and the future. We will discuss what stockfish trade meant for the Hanse, what the main issues in trading stockfish (and other codfish productions) are in the present and how we can imagine alternative forms of trade for the future.


  • Lisa Collins (U.K.) 
    Collins works as a teaching Fellow in Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen and as a consultant for museums across Scotland.


  • Angela Huang (Germany) 
    Huang is a historian working on Hanse history, northern European economic history, textile history and comparative urban history. After doctoral and postdoctoral research in Copenhagen and working as a research assistant at the London School of Economics, she became Managing Director of the Research Centre for Hanse and Baltic History (FGHO) at the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck in 2017.
  • Trym Eidem Gundersen (Norway)
    Gundersen is the Norwegian Seafood Council Director in Italy. After a Masters in Economics & Marketing, Trym worked for a few years in Italy at Mira Lanza and Innovation Norway, before returning to Oslo. After a period as an analyst at Nielsen and having held important positions in the marketing/export area at TINE (a leading Norwegian company in the dairy sector), he worked for many years as CEO of Salmon Brands (SALMA). Starting in April 2016, he holds the position of Director of Italy in the Norwegian Seafood Council.
  • Kate Rich (Australia - U.K.) 
    Rich is a trade artist and feral economist, born in Australia and living in Bristol, UK. She is the co-founder of the Bureau of Inverse Technology, an international agency producing an array of critical information products including economic and ecologic indices, event-triggered webcam networks and animal operated emergency broadcast devices. Since 2003 she has run Feral Trade, a long-range economic experiment and underground freight network, utilising the spare carrying capacity of the art world for the transportation of groceries.

11 February 2021 14.00 GMT / 15.00 CET