port towns and urban cultures

A call for papers has been announced looking at Port Towns and Urban Cultures. The conference will be held in July 2013 with the CFP deadline in December.

The increasing interest in coastal and Atlantic histories have drawn historians attention to the importance of port towns. The waterfront was the intersection of maritime and urban space and the port town was often a unique site of cultural exchange that both reinforced and challenged local,

National Museum of the Royal Navy and to be held in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard (UK), will bring together scholars from around the globe who work on maritime and urban histories.

– Transnational sailortowns – regional, national and imperial boundaries and identities
– Empires and Imperialism
– Material cultures of sailor life
– Naval ports and their cultural impact on the urban hinterland
– Representations of port towns through history and heritage
– Sailors as political icons and social actors
– Crime and disorder
– Popular culture and leisure
– Civic culture and Urban elites
– The three fleets – navy, fisheries and cargo – interactions between the local and global
– Maritime and port town folklore

25-27 July 2013, Portsmouth, UK,

Proposals should be submitted by 31 December 2012



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