CFP: Port Towns and Urban Cultures, Portsmouth, 25-27 July 2013

Closing for proposals: 31 December 2012

Port Towns and Urban Cultures
University of Portsmouth and the National Museum of the Royal Navy
25 – 27 July 2013

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 and imperial boundaries. This three day conference, organised by the University of Portsmouth and the National Museum of the Royal Navy and to be held in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, will bring scholars from around the globe who work on maritime and urban histories.

Themes include:

  • 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


Organiser(s): University of Portsmouth and the National Museum of the Royal Navy, UK

Event Location: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth PO1 3NH, United Kingdom

Call for papers deadline: 31 December 2012


Expressions of interest to Dr Brad Beaven Dr Duncan Redford

A formal Call for Papers will be issued in September with a deadline for submission in Dec 2012

Contact details

Dr Brad Beaven,

Contact phone: 023 9284 2278

Dr Duncan Redford,


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