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Research degree students and independent scholars are warmly encouraged to share their work at our annual New Researchers Conference.

New Researchers in Maritime History Conference

At this annual conference, the British Commission supports emerging scholars who wish to share their work in a supportive environment and build relations with other maritime historians. We encourage applications from research degree students and warmly encourage participation by independent scholars. Contributions can address all aspects of maritime history in its broadest sense.

It is held in the spring of each year, and the location moves around Britain, as the conference is hosted by a variety of universities and museums and is sponsored by the Society for Nautical Research. 


New Researchers in Maritime History Conference at the University of Portsmouth 31 March – 1 April 2023

The British Commission for Maritime History (BCMH), in association with Port Towns and Urban Cultures Research Group, University of Portsmouth, is delighted to invite you to the twenty-eighth conference for new researchers. This annual conference organised by BCMH is supported by the Society for Nautical Research.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 

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Full Registration £35  / Student Rate £30  / Speakers, Keynote & Prize winners £0

Programme

Friday 31 March 2023

From 14:00 there will be opportunities for delegates to join guided tours of the Mary Rose Museum. Meet at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s Victory Gate (on the corner of Queen Street and the Hard, just a few minutes’ walk from Portsmouth Harbour station).

17:00 – 17:45: Registration (Portland Building atrium, Portland Street, University of Portsmouth PO1 3AH)

17:45: Welcome, Dr Cathryn Pearce, Chair, British Commission for Maritime History

18.00: Keynote Lecture: Professor Brad Beaven (University of Portsmouth),

‘The Devil’s Highway: Victorian Anxieties and Sailortown Cultures in London, c. 1850-1900’

19.45: Conference Dinner at the Old Customs House pub, Gunwharf Quays, Vernon Building, PO1 3TY

Saturday 1 April 2023

8:30 – 9:15: Registration

9:15: Conference Coordinator’s Welcome, Dr James Davey

9:30 – 10:45 Session One: COASTS

David Kneale (Independent scholar), ‘Resistance, persuasion and the social contracts of impressment in the Isle of Man 1750-1815’.

Tuba Azeem (Victoria University of Wellington), ‘Land Came First, Then Sea: Customary Practice and Dispossession in Gwadar’ [VIRTUAL PRESENTATION].

Daisy Turnbull (University of Portsmouth/Hogskolan i Halmstad), ‘The Right to Wreck in the Decline of the Cinque Ports; Admiralty Court and the enforcement of royal privilege on the coast of Kent and Sussex in the early to mid-19th century’.

10.45-11.15 Coffee

11.15 -12.30 Session Two: GENDER AND THE SEA

Lisa Wojahn (University of Exeter), ‘Married and Alone: The Unusual Lives of Women Who Married Royal Navy Officers in the Nineteenth Century’.

Julia Connell Stryker (University of Texas at Austin), ‘All-Sufficient, Overly Republican, Excessively Dignified and Serene: Lady Passengers, Working Women, and the Professionalization of Women’s Work at Sea’.

Sarah Louise Miller (University of Oxford), ‘Beneath the Surface: Women in British WWII Naval Intelligence’.

12.30-13:30 Lunch

13:30 Presentation of awards

13:45 to 14.45 Session Three: MARITIME KNOWLEDGE

Sara Ayres (Independent scholar), ‘Prince George of Denmark's Grand Tour in England and Chatham Dockyards, 1669’.

Graham Kerr (University of Reading), ‘Britannia, Rule the Waves! Britons never will be slaves: Enslaved People in the Establishment of the Royal Navy’s Military Industrial Complex in Eighteenth Century Jamaica’.

Corey Watson (University of Portsmouth), ‘“Officers of the Society": Lloyd's Register Surveyors in China and Transnational Maritime Networks, 1869-1918’.

14.45 to 15.15 Tea

15.15 to 16.30 Session Four: SOCIAL HISTORIES OF THE MARITIME WORLD

Brooke Grasberger (Brown University), Sundays at Sea: the Sacred and the Oceanic in the 19th Century’.

Edmund Wuyts (Ghent University), ‘“old Harvey (a mulatto)”: Sailors of Colour on British Arctic Expeditions (1848-1860)’.

Geoff Cunnington (University of Portsmouth), ‘Grand Fleet Lives: picturing Royal Navy sailors’ postcards in the First World War’.

16.30: Closing remarks

 

*Please be aware that RMT have scheduled two rail strikes for 30th March and 1st April so please do check your travel arrangements.

See details of previous New Researchers Conferences

 

  

ss Great Britain, host of the 2018 New Researchers’ Conference

ss Great Britain, host of the 2018 New Researchers Conference

Floating exhibits Swansea cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Chris Allen - geograph.org.uk/p/3058493

Swansea – location for our 2009 New Researchers Conference