Pirates, Ports and Exports: Maritime Relations in the Age of Sail

Date / time: 30 April, 12:00 am

Call for Papers, deadline – 30 April 2023

On 23 June 2023, the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies and Birmingham Research Institute of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham will be hosting a conference entitled: Pirates, Ports and Exports: Maritime Relations in the Age of Sail.The conference will explore the relationship between land and ocean in the Early Modern period (c.1500 to c.1800), examining the way in which oceans, once they were seen as a connecting space, became key to social, cultural, economic, and political relationships.

The conference aims to respond to this growing interest in ‘the maritime’ as a zone of interaction through three key themes (broadly conceived):

  • Maritime Crime,
  • Monopolies and Trade, and
  • Supporting the Land

We invite scholars to submit abstracts on these topics to be delivered in person in Birmingham.

We will also have a keynote talk delivered by Professor Lou Roper of SUNY.

If you are interested, please send a 250-word abstract outlining your proposal, as well as a short biography, to Nathan Jopling (NTJ795@student.bham.ac.uk) by 30 April 2023. Please put ‘Pirates, Ports and Exports’ as your email subject. There is the potential for travel bursaries for PhD and ECR speakers

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