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The Pirate Next Door: Wives, Families and Communities in the ‘Golden Age’ of Piracy

Pirates have many names—freebooters, brethren of the coast, members of the company, buccaneers. Throughout the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, thousands of pirates stalked the seas, attacking merchant vessels trading in the West Indies, West Africa, and North America. This period of violence and thievery has been well documented and immortalized as the ‘Golden […]

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Inaugural lecture: Exploring Sailortown: Civic culture, slums and scandal in 19th century Britain

Brad Beaven’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Social and Cultural History, University of Portsmouth, will take place on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 6-pm, Park Building, Portsmouth. The cultural life of port towns has largely remained a hidden history. Conventional histories of ports have focused on their global and imperial networks. In this talk, Brad Beaven explores […]

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CFP: International Approaches to Naval Cities and Dockyards

19-20 October 2017 Swedish Naval Museum, Karlskrona We invite proposals for papers related to naval cities and dockyards from any time period. Researchers in all fields are encouraged to participate, including ethnologists, archaeologists, sociologists, economists, and historians from any relevant sub-fields, including but not limited to social, cultural, urban, economic, strategic, and naval history. We […]

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CFP: Winning the Western Approaches: Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland, 1917-18

University College Cork 5 – 7 July 2017 Industrial warfare during the First World War extended underwater, as submarines destroyed up to 5,000 vessels and altered the course of the conflict.  Germany’s resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare in early 1917 brought the United States into the war and created severe Allied shipping loses and dangerous […]

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Theatre of War: PTUC works with the Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, on WW1 port town leisure

Port Towns and Urban Cultures is delighted to be working in partnership with the Kings Theatre.  With the help of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Gateways to the First World War public engagement centre Katrina Henderson, Learning and Community Engagement Officer, was put in touch with Gateways collaborators Professor Brad Beaven and Dr Melanie Bassett from the University […]

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