Maritime labour remains central to our understanding of port and shipboard life. Turns towards global, transnational and postcolonial histories have all variously reinvigorated these discussions, showing how practices of resistance, antagonism, internationalism and much more were embedded within the maritime world. For the 2018 CPMH Conference, we return to these themes to discuss what current, leading-edge research is uncovering about the role of maritime labour in the past, but also to encourage the discussion of previous debates in the light of new evidence or approaches. The conference theme is deliberately broad in scope, but potential themes/topics for discussion could include (but are not limited to):
- Varieties of maritime work and practices (e.g. regional/national maritime traditions/systems)
- Maritime labour militancy and political activity
- Struggles over pay and conditions
- Shipboard labour as a vector for inter/transnational political movements and solidarity
- Intersectional accounts of maritime labour (including ethnic, gender and cultural diversity)
In addition to the CPMH Conference, this year, the Centre is convening a workshop on ‘Singapore 200: Two Hundred Years of the Lion City’ on the 14th of September at Liverpool John Moores University. At this workshop, papers will be presented for a forthcoming edited volume on the history of Singapore. We are not seeking additional papers for this workshop, but presenters and delegates at ‘Labour & the Sea’ will be most welcome to attend this workshop as well.
Registration fees are £10 for non-concessions or free for concessions.
There will be a conference reception during the evening of Thursday the 13th. Details will be circulated to delegates in due course.
To submit an abstract for this year’s conference, please email a 250-word abstract to Dr Andy Davies, Co-Director of the CPMH (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 12 of August 2018. EXTENDED.