So it is the last working day of the year for us the GMI office and we thought it would be a perfect time to give a sneak preview into some of the things that we are going to be doing in 2014.
Conferences – The Running the River Thames project will come to an end in 2013 but not before a conference is held in July. More details will be available nearer to the time but it will certainly include a session on the results of this ESRC-funded project and the governance of the River Thames through an era of some of the most dramatic change on the River.
We will also begin preparing for a major conference we are planning to hold in 2014 which will mark the centenary of the First World War by framing it in its global maritime context.
Alumni Day – We will hold our first Alumni Day on 14th June 2013 which will be a celebration of a variety of maritime subjects and of all the graduates from our programmes of study over the last 14 years. If this is a success we hope for it to become an annual event.
Summer Courses – We will hold a series of short one-day courses again in June 2013. A final programme will be published early next year but our initial ideas of themes will include a genealogy day ‘Fishing for Your History: Capturing Maritime Ancestors’ – this will have genealogy content; a maritime crime day which will include smuggling and a day held by the China Maritime Centre which will have some content on the Chinese Navy.
Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability (GIFS) – The GIFS project will start its second year in January with research continuing in all areas of the project. There will also be public stakeholder meeting taking place in Rennes, France at the end of January 2013. The website is currently being worked on and the first project newsletter is available to download from the website now.
Visiting Research Fellows – We are delighted to introduce Dr Panos Kapetanakis who joined us in December 2012 supported by the Greek Ministry of Education. He will be with us for two years before returning the Athens to complete his research in the National Hellenic Research Foundation. The project he is working on is ‘British and their Ionian Subjects in the Port-Cities and Grain Markets of the Black Sea and the Danube: penetration, settlement, integration (late 18th – mid-19th centuries)’. Panos will also be kindly contributing to some of the postgraduate teaching.
From February 2013 Mr Wenhai Dong will be joining us for one year from Shanghai Maritime Academy who will be researching ‘The Development of Maritime Education and Training in China’. So we will look forward to introducing him to you upon his arrival.
GMI Seminar Series 2012/13 – The seminar series for this academic year will continue with the following seminars coming up in the new year which will complete this excellent programme:
23rd January 2013 – Maximising the Legacy of the Thames Tideway Tunnel by Phil Stride of the Thames Tideway Tunnel
20th February 2013 – European Diplomatic Shifts of the Development of Plymouth Naval Base 1717-1730 by Chris Ware of the GMI
20th March 2013 – Internationalising Chinese Maritime Education and Training – Ethnographic Action Research by Dr Robyn Pyne of Plymouth University
24th April 2013 – Running the River: Researching the Recent Environmental History of the Thames by Dr Vanessa Taylor & Professor Sarah Palmer of the GMI.
All seminars are free to attend and everyone is welcome. Have a look at our website for a leaflet.
Maritime Fund – The Maritime Fund was launched in 2012 which was created to try and raise some money to support research, scholarships and other activities that we would like to undertake to develop the GMI further. The Patron of the fund Trevor Ware has done a great job this year and we hope to raise more funds next year.
Finally all of us at the GMI wish all of our readers a very happy Christmas and we look forward to being in touch with you again in the New Year.