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King's Seminars - Autumn term 2023

Posted: Wednesday 20th September 2023

King's Seminars - Autumn term 2023

King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2023-24

The King’s Maritime History Seminar is hosted by the ‘Laughton Naval Unit’ and the ‘Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War’ in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.  It is organised by the British Commission for Maritime History in association with the Society for Nautical Research

26 October 2023

Before Valemax: How the 400,000 ton ore carrier developed from a screw collier

Roy Fenton, Independent Researcher and Fellow of the BCMH

9 November 2023

The Flying Boat and the Aircraft Carrier.  Competing Technologies?

Neil Datson, Independent Researcher

23 November 2023

The Maritime Cultural Landscape: A framing for historical analysis for maritime social and cultural interaction

David A. Williams, King’s College London

The Proctor Memorial Lecture - 14 December 2023

Changing Perspectives: Positioning the Sea in Recent German Historiography

Ruth Schilling, DSM German Maritime Museum, Leibniz Institute for Maritime History

Note: See below for special registration details.

The Peter Davies Memorial Lecture - 11 January 2024

The Question of Maritime Child Labour after the First World War

Jari Ojala, University of Jyväskylä

25 January 2024

Canadian Pacific's three Empresses of Britain in literary, visual and material culture

Faye Hammill, University of Glasgow

8 February 2024

For want of System’: The birth of amphibious doctrine in the Seven Years War

Andrew Young, King’s College London

22 February 2024

Rewriting Women into Maritime History: visibilising diverse histories and futures, 1700-2023

Jo Stanley, Blaydes Maritime Centre, University of Hull

7 March 2024

Interplay of Empires: The Quest for Influence in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean

Cemal Atabaş, Marmara University, Istanbul

21 March 2024   Note:  This session will be delivered entirely online.

The Coal Black Sea: Winston Churchill and the Biggest Naval Catastrophe of the First World War

Stuart Heaver, Journalist and Author

25 April 2024

Ship of State? Regionalism and Cold War Soft Power aboard La France

Claire O’Mahony, University of Oxford

9 May 2024

The Ordered Sea: Naval Diplomacy in the Mediterranean, 1815-1911

Erik de Lange, King’s College London

23 May 2024

The Post-Napoleonic Employment of Former Warships in the British Southern Whale Fishery, 1815-1845

Julie Papworth and Roger Dence, King’s College London


Seminar location and registration

The King’s Maritime History Seminars for 2023-24 will continue as hybrid events which means that they may be attended in person or online (with the exception of the entirely online event on 21 March).

As always, attendance is free and open to all. 

To take part, you must register by visiting the KCL School of Security Studies Events page, here:

(Note, however, that registration for the Proctor Lecture on 14 December 2023 is to be done by the BCMH website link. Registration details to follow nearer the time). 

Those of you attending the regular seminars online will receive instructions shortly before the event, by email, about how to join. Otherwise, we will meet in person, as usual, in the Dockrill Room, K6.07, at King’s College London. Papers will begin at 17:15 GMT. 

For further information contact Dr Alan James, War Studies, KCL, WC2R 2LS (