PhD Student John Bolt in interview

PhD Research with PTUC

  PhD Candidates John D. Bolt and Elizabeth C. Libero discuss what it is like to study with the Port Towns and Urban Cultures research group. John’s research examines the development of the Royal Marines over the nineteenth century, and Elizabeth’s research looks at British South Atlantic expeditions in the early nineteenth century. For more […]

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CFP: Shaped by the Sea: Histories of Ocean Science, Medicine and Technology

This June the University of Manchester will host ‘Shaped by the Sea’, a two-day workshop examining intersections between ocean environments, science, medicine, and technology. PGRs and ECRs are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals are due APRIL 5. More information below: SHAPED BY THE SEA: HISTORIES OF OCEAN SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND TECHNOLOGY 27-28 June 2019, CHSTM, […]

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CFP: IPPMSN Annual Conference

From 24-55 April 2019, the University of Dundee will host the International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network’s annual conference. Abstracts are due MARCH 22. See below for more info. ‘Studying the history of port cities and their relationship to maritime endeavour and enterprise is a diverse and interdisciplinary practice, which draws on research methods […]

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Oil painting showing a train coming in to a multi-track railyard, with ships masts and smokestacks in the distance.

A Safe Port? Railway accidents in the dock

By now – after many years of work in the ‘Port Towns & Urban Cultures’ project – it’s probably old hat to say that port towns are important intersections between land and water, liminal zones and crossing points for people, goods and ideas. These transient places are of great interest to a range of historians, […]

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Dr. Beaven and Dr. Bell look over the waters of the Solent

A Walk Through Sailortown with the Sailortown App

Join PTUC’s Brad Beaven and Karl Bell on a walk through Portsmouth’s ‘Sailortown’. Professor Beaven and Dr. Bell discussed the Sailortown app and some episodes from our city’s rich history. The Sailortown app charts two walks that highlight several Portsmouth landmarks and monuments. It also allows users to access a database of historical locations such […]

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CFP: Maritime Spaces, Shows, and the Nineteenth-Century City

Maritime Spaces is a one-day conference taking place on Friday 12 April 2019 at University College Cork. The confirmed keynote speakers are: Graeme Milne, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of Liverpool Clare Pettitt, Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture, KCL The Call For Papers is currently open. In recent decades, circum-Atlantic and global […]

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NDS 2019 Conference

Naval Dockyards Society March 2019 Conference Programme

We are pleased to alert all our followers and partners about an opportunity to attend the Naval Dockyards Society Conference in Greenwich. The Society holds a themed conference each year, open to non-members, which is usually held at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.  You can find out more about the 2019 Conference and previous conferences […]

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Desire is projected across ‘empty’ space in Calvino’s Invisible Cities. 

Seascape with Distant Coast, by J. M. W. Turner, c. 1830-1845. © Tate. Image reproduced by permission of Tate and under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported).

Port Cities and Desire in the Work of Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino’s (1923-1985) Invisible Cities is a work of fiction that continuously reimagines the city of Venice. It demonstrates that the same urban landscape may offer numerous different promises to its various spectators: of new lives and new possibilities, but also of new sensualities, transgressions, and experiments. This article will draw on a number of […]

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