CALL FOR PAPERS – The State of Maritime History Research

CALL FOR PAPERS

University of Greenwich, 9 September 2017

Over the past few decades there has been significant debate as to the place and shape of maritime history. In January 2008, the Council of the American Historical Association approved unanimously to add ‘Maritime, including Naval’ to its taxonomy of academic specialties. But since then, it has been suggested that the field has been marginalised.  Or does the growth of new areas of interest – such as the study of port towns, the ‘Atlantic World,’ Coastal History, and the role of gender in maritime history – suggest a flourishing, if more diverse, environment? What is the state of health in other research-orientated maritime activities such as public history and heritage?

The Greenwich Maritime Centre and the Society for Nautical Research are excited to announce a major conference to be held at the University of Greenwich to consider these questions. The conference will bring together key contributors from within the broad field of maritime history, as well as those who write on maritime and coastal topics, but do not consider themselves maritime historians. Papers and key discussion points will be published in hard copy and/or online by the Society of Nautical Research.

Proposals are invited for papers on any of the following aspects, or on other related and relevant themes. The principal criterion for acceptance will be the extent to which a paper provides a broad overview of the current situation in a specific field, and of the prospects for the future, rather than narrow, descriptive accounts of a particular period of history or historic ship (to give two examples).

  • The study of maritime history in the university and school sectors
  • The state of maritime research in particular geographical regions and countries
  • The state of particular sub-disciplines within maritime history and research, e.g. naval history, nautical archaeology, port towns, coastal studies
  • The health of the maritime museums sector, and current and future challenges for it
  • The state of the historic ships and craft sector
  • ‘Sea blindness’: fact or fiction?

Proposals of 500 words, together with a short biography of no more than 150 words, should be submitted by 1 June 2017  to  https://tinyurl.com/SNRConference2017

NB: There will be a nominal fee of £25 for the conference. Please book  at  https://maritimeresearch.eventbrite.co.uk/, registration will open on 1 June 2017.

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Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Last week saw the arrival of the Tall Ships festival in Greenwich. The University of Greenwich hosted a stand at the festival, held within our campus at the Old Royal Naval College, and here are a few photographs.

You can find out more information about the Tall Ships Festival here.

Greenwich Maritime Research Seminars

Don’t forget to come along to the Greenwich Maritime Research Seminars convened by the Greenwich Maritime Centre and the National Maritime Museum.

 

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The next talk is:

Wednesday 27th April 2016

4pm-5pm

National Maritime Museum, Seminar Room 

by

Dr Michael Talbot, University of Greenwich

‘To protect the coasts from pirate brigands’: Ottoman anti-piracy measures in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1718-70

 

This paper will examine the development of deterrent and protective naval patrols by the Ottoman navy in the Aegean and Levant seas against domestic pirates, Maltese corsairs, and European privateers. These were partly in response to demands for  protection from Ottoman provincial subjects and partly due to a developing sense of maritime territoriality.

GMC’s first Featured Artist – Vince Bevan

Art can be a powerful way of engaging people in important issues. It can tell a story in a way that words might not.  A key goal of the Greenwich Maritime Centre is to increase social awareness and appreciation of the seas and oceans, and we feel that it is important to engage with artists and art as part of this process. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that at regular intervals through the year the GMC will  feature artists whose work relates to maritime issues.

Our first featured artist is Vince Bevan who is a freelance photographer based in Bristol, UK. Vince was commissioned as part of the Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability (GIFS) project to produce a series of images under the title ‘Landscapes of Fishing’ that depicted inshore fisheries at the start of the 21st Century in England, France, Belguim and the Netherlands. The collection can be seen on the GIFS website and his other work can be seen on his website.

Vince Bevan is a freelance photographer based in Bristol, U.K. He works extensively in photojournalism and supplies images to a wide variety of clients, nationally and internationally. His pictures have been published in many newspapers, magazines and books worldwide including The Guardian Weekend Magazine; The Independent Magazine; Independent on Sunday Review; The Times; Sunday & Daily Telegraph; The Observer; The Financial Times; Geographical Magazine; Le Point (France); Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), and Das (Switzerland).

The diverse range of subjects he has covered include the war in Bosnia, religious festivals in Spain, East Timor’s struggle for independence, the refugee crisis on the Thai/Burma border and extensive documentation of the fishing industries in England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

He has exhibited at a number of U.K. and international venues, including the British Library, London; Royal Festival Hall, London; Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London; National Maritime Museum Cornwall; National Eisteddfod of Wales; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; ‘Festival Photo L’Homme et la Mer’, Brittany; ‘International Photoreporter Festival’, Brittany, and the Bibliotheek Kris Lambert, Ostend.

His photographs are held in several public collections and he has won a Nikon International Gold Medal and awards from Cosmopolitan and the Museum of London. Selections of his images are currently represented by Corbis, Alamy, Zuma Press and Millennium Images.

www.vincebevan.co.uk

The horseback shrimp fishermen of Oostduinkerke, Belgium

Once a popular form of fishing in certain areas of France, Holland and England, Oostduinkerke is the only place left in the world where the 500 year old tradition of shrimp fishing on horseback is still in practice.
Shrimp fishermen sit in wooden saddles on their horses, which drag large nets behind them.  Draft horses famous for their enormous strength, such as the Brabant, are used for this task.  The catch is then transported through the streets of Oostduinkerke on carts. © 2014 Vince Bevan
Nicky King, fisherman, Wells-next-the-Sea, north Norfolk, constructing crab pots in his shed

Nicky started fishing professionally at 15 and is a member of the Wells-next-the-Sea lifeboat crew. “Everyone is very worried about protecting every other marine organism, apart from fishermen. I think the only endangered species, to be quite honest, is us lot.” Nicky King. © 2014 Vince Bevan

 

Oystermen tending their oysters at low tide in St. Vaast la Hougue, which is situated in the cradle of Normandy’s oyster industry

The oysters are enclosed in sacks that need regular turning to separate them, and are farmed on either side of the town. The oyster growers of Normandy produce about 25% of all the oysters in France (approx. 35,000 metric tons annually).  The area of oyster cultivation encompasses more than 2,700 acres. © 2014 Vince Bevan

If you would like your work to be shown, please visit here for our submission guidelines.

‘Britain and the Sea’ – Free to attend seminar series at Greenwich

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Raphael Samuel History Centre
in collaboration with

University of Greenwich

presents

HISTORY & ENVIRONMENT TALKS
‘Britain and the Sea’

About these talks
This seminar series is organized by the Raphael Samuel History Centre in conjunction with the Dept of History, Politics and Social Sciences,
Univ. of Greenwich

sea

3 December 2015

Greg Bankoff (Hull)
England’s Maritime Empire and the
World Aeolian System

boat

3 March 2016

Tim Acott (Greenwich)
& Julie Urquhart (Imperial)Heritage, Memory and Small-ScaleFisheries:A Sense of Place Perspective

shells

19 May 2016

Glen O’Hara (Oxford Brookes)
The Fight against Seaborne, Oil and
Beach Pollution in Post-War Britain

Seminars are free to attend and all are welcome! 

Location 

Room 075 (Edinburgh Room), Queen Anne Court University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College
Park Row, London SE10 9LS

For more information on these Greenwich RHSC seminars, please contact: Vanessa Taylor V.J.Taylor@greenwich.ac.uk

On the RSHC History and Environment Seminars in general, please contact:
George Yerby george.yerby@googlemail.com

Dr Tim Carter leads briefing into The Health Needs of Women Seafarers

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A briefing meeting was arranged to present the findings of the 2015 Women Seafarers’ Health and Welfare Survey, and to prompt interactive discussion between stakeholders on how to address the issues raised.

The study has been a joint initiative of the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA), International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS)

This breifing was lead by Dr Tim Carter and speakers included where Dr Olivia Swift, Jacqueline Smith of the ITF, Dr Ilona Denisenko from the IMHA and Natalie Shaw representing the ship-owners’ perspective. Findings from the survey showed 55% of respondents feel health issues are work related, 40% of respondents had no access to a sanitary bin on – board and 17% of respondents experience sexual harassment on – board.

From these findings the next steps where to;

  • Collaborate a report of with the analysis of results
  • Briefing meeting with all stakeholders
  • Action plan to address back pain; mental health; nutrition; gynecological issues; solution for sanitary waste

 Click here to view PDF

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Call for entries for the 2015 Greenwich Forum Undergraduate Prize

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The Greenwich Forum has opened for entries the 2015 Undergraduate Prize

They received some wonderful entries from various institutions last year covering a wide range of disciplines last year and they are now looking to  follow this success with entries for the 2015 prize.

The Greenwich Forum aims to promote public awareness of mankind’s dependence on the sea, by encouragement of debate, discussion and education.

To encourage students to pursue current maritime/marine questions in their degree work, in whatever discipline, and to reward the best of that work, the Forum has established an annual prize of £500 for the best undergraduate final year project/dissertation. The closing date for nominations is 1 August every year.

For guidance on the entry requirements please download the leaflet below

Prize Leaflet 2015