International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network Annual Conference 20-21st April 2017, University of Bristol*

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 from literary studies, sociology, anthropology and archaeology, and brings together aspects of social, economic and cultural history. In April 2017, the Centre for Port and Maritime History will hold its annual postgraduate conference at the University of Bristol.

The aim of this two-day conference is to bring together postgraduates and early career researchers of any discipline who incorporate port and maritime studies into their research, with a historical focus. We hope that this event will encourage postgraduate students to become part of the vibrant research community brought together by the International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network. As this network is international, we particularly invite proposals from researchers working at institutions outside of the UK.

Possible themes, are not limited to, but may include:

  • Urban culture in port towns and cities
  • Literary representations of ports and maritime endeavour
  • The economics of trade and commerce by sea
  • The social and economic impact of naval warfare
  • Crime and deviancy at sea and on shore
  • Shipbuilding, navigation and maritime instruments

We welcome proposals for both 20 minute papers, and for panels of three papers. Abstracts of 250 words along with a short biographical note should be sent to Siobhan Hearne siobhan.hearne@nottingham.ac.uk and David Wilson david.wilson.101.2013@uni.strath.ac.uk by 5pm (GMT) on Monday 27th February 2017.

* Please note that the date and location is currently provisional, and will be confirmed in early 2017

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