The Centre for Port and Maritime History hosts an annual interdisciplinary conference, with a different theme each year. In 2012 we invited colleagues to talk on Port City Lives, in 2013 our topic was The Otherness of Port Cities, and in 2014 we discussed Vectors. We are delighted to invite submissions for our 2015 conference on The Environmental Histories of Ports and Ocean Trade.
The waterfront of the great port city of Liverpool is still dotted with huge warehouses that were once dedicated to the oceanic trade in a wide variety of different natural products; from rice and sugar to bananas and cotton. They are testament to profoundly important commodity trades that encircled the world, helping to establish Liverpool as a leading commercial metropolis of the British Empire. The 4th annual Port City Lives conference, organized by the Centre for Port and Maritime History and to be held in Liverpool 18th-19th September 2015, will reflect on the theme of “The Environmental Histories of Ports and Ocean Trade.”