4th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE RESEARCH NETWORK « THE GOUVERNANCE OF ATLANTIC SEAPORTS (XIV-XXI CENTURIES)
Lorient - France - South Brittany university
6-7-8 October, 2016
Water borders. Port cities and their cultural universe
III Symposium of the network “The governance of Atlantic ports”
UNIVERSITIES OF A CORUÑA AND SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
CASA DE VELÁZQUEZ AND UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE EDUCACIÓN A DISTANCIA (UNED)
15 and 16 October 2015
Deadline: 31 March 2015. Requirements: title, name of the author, workplace and an abstract of 500 words. Callers who do not belong to Governance Network will also send a CV of 200 words.
Organised by: the University of Cyprus (Sailing in Cyprus through the centuries project)
Le Mans University, France,
in collaboration with the French Institute of Cyprus (Institut Français de Chypre), CReAAH (Centre de Recherches en Archéologie, Archéosciences, Histoire) and the Scientific Interest Group of Maritime History (Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique d'Histoire Maritime) Nicosia, 14-15 November 2014 University of Cyprus, Archaeological Research Unit
This seminar series is hosted by the ‘Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War’ and the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and organised by the British Commission for Maritime History (www.maritimehistory.org.uk).
Maritime history is a concept that has been initiated by medievalists (whose work has been on the end of the Middle Ages) and by modernists. At least, those who claim to belong to the maritime field are mainly from these two academic fields. The idea is to work with the largest possible chronology, from Prehistory to today. The historians of the Contemporary Period do not often refer to the maritime field, which however is not indicative of disinterest in this field ; in fact, it is quite the contrary. Indeed, their numerous works are specific to thematic frameworks which are particularly fruitful : the history of businesses and capitalism in general, that of businesses in the building and public work sector, as well as in industries which are particularly present in ports: naval construction, food processing, chemistry; sectors involving the various players in the field (managers, bankers, engineers, stevedores and workers); the history of trade-union and work movements, of technical aspects, colonial history, and the history of tourism. Sustainable links should also be established with archaeologists. The conference on underwater archaeology, organised by Lorient in June 2009, with DRASSM, could be the prefiguration.
All levels should be considered. Indeed, maritime history has targeted the great, the vast, the far away, meaning large ports, long crossings, overseas territories, elite merchants, and officers. It has neglected the small ports that can be found between the large port centres. Moreover, although historiography provides a segmented history of the ocean coasts, the blanks still need to be filled in. Modest shipyards, coastal shipping, small-scale fishing, and coastal populations have been overlooked. Today, these are research fields that are being developed, notably those dealing with coastal shipping, small-scale fishing, and coastal populations.
Five years after the creation of the SIG (Scientific Interest Group of Maritime History) in 2005, we have signed of a four-year convention with the French national centre of scientific research (CNRS). It has also opened up a new era of subscriptions and semi-annual publications for the Revue d'Histoire Maritime.
It has also opened up a new era of subscriptions and semi-annual publications for the Revue d'Histoire Maritime.
by Gérard Le Bouëdec
Director of the Scientific Interest Group of Maritime History