PTUC’s Brad Beaven and Louise Moon, alongside colleagues at the University of Gothenburg will be attending and delivering a session panel entitled “Work, leisure and living Mapping the Port Town, c. 1800-1950,” 8th – 10th May at the Sixth Swedish Historians Meeting held in Stockholm. This session will look at two European port towns – Gothenburg in Sweden and Portsmouth in Great Britain during the period 1800-1950, and map out the evolution (growth and decline) of geographical areas and its functions. Despite differences, a systematic comparison of the two port towns, grounded in mapping spatiality/functionality, will enable us to come to important conclusions on the geographical web of port towns. Mapping (via GIS-methods), locates people and places in their temporal-spatial contexts. Using both cartographic maps, information systems and historical sources to produce data, allows for both the “real” and “imagined” facets to be mapped and explored. Using both quantitative and qualitative mapping methods, enable not only the physical, social and demographic realities and functions to be plotted in relation to time and space but also the ability to reconstruct the imagined and moral geographies of places over time. Brad’s paper is entitled, “Mapping the Otherness of Sailortown: Seamen Missionaries and the creation of the Devil’s Acre in the Victorian Imagination,” and Louise’s paper is entitled, “Sailorhoods – Enumerating Otherness in Portsmouth c.1850 – 1900.” http://www.historia.su.se/om-oss/evenemang/svenska-historikerm%C3%B6tet-2014
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