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Supernatural Cities: Narrated Geographies and Spectral Histories

Port Towns and Urban Culture’s Dr Karl Bell has launched a new project based at the University of Portsmouth entitled Supernatural Cities: Narrated Geographies and Spectral Histories. The project seeks to encourage the formation of a multi- and interdisciplinary network of researchers who will explore the relationships between urban environments, the supernatural, and the cultural […]

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Review: Daniel Owen Spence, Colonial Naval Culture and British Imperialism, 1922-67

Review: Daniel Owen Spence, Colonial Naval Culture and British Imperialism, 1922-67. Manchester University Press, Studies in Imperialism, 2015 – full details here. This is not your traditional naval history. Aligning himself with those whom he describes as ‘cultural-naval historians’ (2), Spence aims – as he puts it in the book’s final sentence – to understand […]

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CFP – Summer 2015 Workshop: Leisure and Coasts, Ports and Waterways

BSSH South Summer Workshop 2015: Leisure and Coasts, Ports and Waterways, in association with The University of Portsmouth’s Port Towns and Urban Cultures Group Venue: University of Portsmouth   Date: Saturday, 13th June 2015 Call for Papers This workshop seeks to examine the development and expansion of leisure in coastal regions, port towns and cities, and on and alongside […]

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Sailors and Knocking Shops: an important part of Jack’s requirements ashore?

Despite a concerted effort by the establishment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century to create an image of professional, respectable men, Jack’s licentious proclivities ashore have continued to form a key part of his popular image.[1] Yet what did sailors themselves record on the subject of sex? Christopher McKee has argued that ‘most […]

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LONDON: 18958km…

So reads a famous signpost at the port town of Bluff, which is located on the south coast of New Zealand’s South Island. With little between it and the Roaring Forties, Bluff was indeed “one of the farthest corners of the British Empire.” A key inlet for British migrants from the 1860s and a key […]

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