International Postgraduate Port and Maritime History Conference – deadline 15 November 2019

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Date(s) - 27 February - 28 February
All day


This event is the fifth annual conference of the International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network. Our network is currently comprised of postgraduates from universities in Bologna, Crete, Greifswald, and New South Wales, as well as from various institutions across the UK. We intend to further consolidate the network’s activities and expand its membership during our fifth annual conference at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Our previous events have been in England and Scotland, and we are keen to expand our network into Northern Ireland, to incorporate postgraduate maritime researchers from institutions across the Irish Sea.

Our four previous conferences at the University of Strathclyde (2016), University of Bristol (2017), University of Hull (2018), and the University of Dundee (2019) attracted a diverse range of papers focused on the social and economic histories of various maritime industries. For example, delegates have presented on the maritime entanglements and industry in the late Middle Ages in the Northern Seas and maritime-based crime in the eighteenth-century, as well as global networks between the West and the Indian Ocean world and the economic incentives of nineteenth-century naval voyages in the South Atlantic. This year we will continue to encourage proposals on maritime industries, as well as maritime economics and trade and commerce, given that the fields of economic and social history are well represented within our network.


Call for Papers:  Possible themes, are not limited to, but may include:

  •  Urban culture in port towns and cities
  • Literary representations of ports and maritime endeavour
  • The economics of trade and commerce by sea
  • The social and economic impact of naval warfare
  • Crime and deviancy at sea and on shore
  • Shipbuilding, navigation and maritime instruments

We welcome proposals for both 20-minute papers and the 5 minute Speed Lectures event, with 5 spots available. Abstracts of 250 words along with a short biographical note should be sent to Christin Simons and Scott Carballo at by 5pm (GMT) on 15/11/2019.

Please specify in your email for which of the two options you are applying.

Location:  Cultra Manor House, 153 Bangor Rd, Holywood, Belfast BT8 0EY