Call for papers for a selected anthology to be entitled ‘Corrupted Coasts’

The Norman Port by Eugene Isabey. Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales;

Proposals for papers are welcomed to be part of a selected anthology regarding the historic moral, religious, medical, legal, political, physiological or environmental ‘corruption’ of coastal culture in the 18th and 19th century. Entries are to make contributions to a ‘New Coastal Historiography’ and develop discussions relating to a moral geography concept.

The ‘corruption’ of the coast in the context of this anthology can extend to a plethora of meanings. For example it may consist of the economic or political corruption of coastal peoples (e.g. cultural activity as being morally or culturally corrupt yielding a legislative response), of physical corruption (e.g. relating to physiological well-being and enlightenment theories of bacteriology) or be as a result of, or resulting in, hazardous change to the coastal environment (e.g. the process of industrialisation or urbanisation creating biological or physical hazard).

Topics of discussion, following the theme of ‘Corrupted coasts’ under a broad range of interpretations, are invited within a Northern European setting and mid-modern historic period between the 18th and 19th centuries. Papers are encouraged to explore an individual interpretation of ‘coastal corruption’ through their choice of case study(ies) and topics can take a macro or local to wider national approach. 

Please submit proposed title and abstract/outline (max 250 words) via Word, Google Doc or PDF by 1st May 2023 to Oscar Karlsson (

Please contact or with any questions, queries or comments. Notification of receipt of the submission will be provided via email and response to proposed papers shall be given within 3 weeks following the submission deadline in reply to the email of submission. 

Accepted papers will be published as part of an edited anthology in Autumn 2023. 

Outline: ‘Corrupted Coasts: A Selected Anthology’

  • Aim: To develop historic discussions of littoral people and environments under a ‘New Coastal Historiography’ approach
  • Proposed word limit for papers: 4,000 – 6,000 (approx 8 to 12 pages) 
  • Written language: English 
  • Historical period: 18th – 19th century
  • Geographic setting: Northern Europe
  • Key words: Moral Geography, Environmental History, Port Towns, Coastal History, Criminology, Enlightenment, Moral Panics, Industrialisation. 

More information, for example regarding referencing style and format, will be released following the acceptance of papers. 

Final submissions will be required by the 29th of September 2023. 

Following publication the Editors aspire to organise and deliver an in-person workshop under the same theme as the anthology in an international approach, to be held at Halmstad University on the 18th of August 2023; expressions of interest in this event are welcome.

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