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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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Boat Building at Bridport Harbour, c.19th Century.
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The Naval History Blog: No. 8

Why maritime history matters: Maritime highways – A personal journey. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book aptly titled The Prize, Daniel Yergin quotes Admiral ‘Jacky’ Fisher as telling Winston Churchill, on the latter’s appointment to First Lord of the Admiralty in September 1911, ‘east of Suez oil is cheaper than coal.’[1] It later became clear […]

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PTUC Events Calendar

Promote your events via PTUC! If you have a Port Town, Urban, Maritime or Naval-themed event, we can include it on our website. Please contact PTUC@port.ac.uk with the details. See below for some of the events that may be of interest to you!           2018     April 5th-6th Apr – ‘Healthy or Unhealthy Cities?’, Urban […]

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CFP: Panel ‘Challenges or opportunities? The social fabric of colonial port cities, 1500-1850.’

Organisers of the panel ‘Challenges or opportunities? The social fabric of colonial port cities, 1500-1850’ are looking for speakers to present at the 14th International Conference on Urban History in Rome (29th August-1st September 2018). The panel fits into the rising interest in global history. The digitalization of colonial archives also stimulated new research on […]

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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, took place on Wednesday 29 March 2017. In his well-received lecture, Beaven argued that the cultural life of port towns has largely remained a hidden history due to the focus of conventional histories of ports on their global and imperial networks. […]

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Passchendaele Centenary: PTUC helps Portsmouth Poetry to secure £10,000 HLF grant

Cultural organisation ‘Portsmouth Poetry’ has been awarded a grant of £10,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s  ‘First World War: then and now’ programme for their “I Died In Hell” project. The project will commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, 1917 by focusing on the stories of Portsmouth people who participated in one of the worst conflicts […]

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