Port Towns & Urban Cultures Events Calendar

April 2016

14th – 15th April – International Postgraduate Port and Maritime History Conference, University of Strathclyde. The study of port cities and their relationship to maritime endeavour and enterprise is a diverse and interdisciplinary practice, which draws on research methods from sociology, anthropology and archaeology, and brings together aspects of social, economic and cultural history. In April 2016, the Centre for Port and Maritime History will hold its first postgraduate conference at the University of Strathclyde. The aim of this two-day conference is to bring together postgraduates and early career researchers working on any aspect of port or maritime history across a wide range of chronologies and geographical settings. We hope that this event will encourage postgraduate students to become involved in the recently founded International Postgraduate Port and Maritime History Network. As this network is international, we particularly invite proposals from researchers working at institutions outside of the UK. Further details here

british-commission-logo15th – 16th April – New Researchers in Maritime History Conference, British Commission for Maritime History, held at the University of Plymouth, further details here

27th – 29th April – Pack Up Your Troubles: Performance Cultures in the First World War, held at Gateways to the First World War, University of Kent. From the popular to elite, amateur to professional, a wide range of performative genres had a significant impact on the fighting spirit of servicemen and civilians in all combatant countries. Yet this vital area of the conflict has yet to be subject to in-depth academic attention. This conference will explore a variety of performance cultures in all theatres of war, on the home and fighting fronts, 1914-1918, seeking to extend the breadth and depth of our knowledge of this important area of First World War studies, further details here

430th April – Supernatural Cities: Exploring the Urban Mindscape, University of Portsmouth, full details here

May 2016

6th – 7th May – Free and Unfree Workers in Atlantic and Indian Ocean Port Cities (c. 1700-1850) held at University of Pittsburgh, the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, and the Collège d’Études Mondiales in Paris. The emergence of international capitalism depended on the creation of a highly mobile working class that built, loaded, and sailed the ships that connected the globe.  These ships inaugurated the Atlantic slave trade and other labor migrations, making possible new regimes of accumulation and labor based in port cities, dynamic centers of power that linked the slave labor of colonial plantations to Europe and other parts of the world.  The laborers of port cities – sailors, indentured servants, and slaves, workers free and unfree – are the subjects of this workshop. Further info here

25th – 28th May – 19th Annual Mediterranean Studies Congress held at University of Palermo, full details here

July 2016

4th July – Cities@SAS: New Researchers in Modern Urban History held at the Institute of Historical Research. Based in the Institute of Historical Research in London (School of Advanced Study [SAS], University of London), the Centre for Metropolitan History is a leading European hub for the study of urban history. The Centre is also a key part of Cities@SAS, a new initiative involving urban studies scholars from across the School. This conference aims to bring together the wide variety of postgraduate students, at the School but also beyond, who work on cities. Further info here

playersDecember 2016

19th – 20th December – Maritime Masculinities, 1815-1940, Oxford, organised by The Department of History, Philosophy & Religion, Oxford Brookes University, and the Port Towns and Urban Cultures group, University of Portsmouth. Full details here

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