Drawing of steam paddle boat

47: Elevated Waterfronts: Bird’s-Eye View Maps and Urban Coastal History

Today’s guest post is from Sean Fraga, who recently received his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University, where he is currently a postgraduate research associate with the Center for Digital Humanities and the Department of History. Here, he discusses the genre (and rhetoric) of bird’s-eye view maps.  Reconstructing how the different pieces of an urban […]

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A red barge of off Red Hook, Brooklyn, with the Statue of Liberty in the distance.

The Coastal History Blog 46: Watery New York

It’s easy to bury New York City underneath a list of superlatives.  On this visit, my Airbnb was in Astoria, offering me the refreshing, if fleeting, experience of living in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Congressional district.  On a Saturday night, I took the 7 train out to Queens Night Market.  The Night Market is something like a […]

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Approaching the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

New Perspectives on Coastal and Maritime Communities

On Friday 5 July PTUC convened a symposium on ‘New Perspectives on Coastal and Maritime Communities.’ Hosted in the atmospheric Boardroom of the Royal Museums Greenwich, the aims of the symposium were to take stock of the current state of research in this area, to continue our development of networks between researchers, academics, practitioners, and […]

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CFP: ‘Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions’

The Nautical Archaeology Society and the Ordnance Society are excited to be co-hosting a two-day conference, ‘Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions’, examining how ship and ordnance remains found on land and under the sea help our understanding of our maritime past. It will be held at the University of Portsmouth from 16-17 November, 2019. The […]

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Conference report: Social Dynamics in Atlantic Ports, XIVth-XXIst Centuries, Oostende, Belgium

The International Colloquium of the Governance of the Atlantic Ports held their annual conference on April 24th – 26th. Under the topic Social Dynamics in Atlantic Ports 14th to 21st century, the conference took place in Oostende by the Belgium North Sea coast. The presentations were mainly on social and economic history, and the glue […]

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The Sea in the 20th – 21st Centuries and the ‘Forbidden Migrations’. Lisbon, 28-29 November 2019

Papers are sought for an upcoming conference in Lisbon, 28-29 November 2019 on the topic of ‘forbidden migrations’. Abstracts are due June 15th. See below for additional info: The Institute of Contemporary History is organizing the second edition of the conference “The Sea in the 20th – 21st Centuries”, having as topic the irregular human […]

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House Histories Workshop in Portsmouth, May 11

Have you ever wanted to research the history of your house? This workshop offers an introduction to house histories with house historian Melanie Backe-Hansen and design historian Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan. It covers information and practical advice on how to research the history of your house, who lived in it and how it was decorated […]

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