Call for Papers: Leisure and Coasts, Ports and Waterways

February 2015

On Saturday, 13 June, the BSSH South Sport and Leisure History Network will be holding its Summer 2015 Workshop, on the theme of ‘Leisure and Coasts, Ports and Waterways‘, at the University of Portsmouth, in conjunction with the university’s Port Towns and Urban Cultures Group.


This workshop seeks to examine the development and expansion of leisure in coastal regions, port towns and cities, and on and alongside waterways. Bodies of water and adjacent land sites have had a diverse historic relationship with recreational practices. Coastal resorts have been at the centre of an expanding and increasingly global tourism industry. Maritime travel has likewise been integral to cultural transmission and hybridisation. And port towns, with their unique economies and geographies, have their own distinct histories of popular pastimes.

We are seeking proposals for papers on a range of different leisure forms (including sport, cinema, popular music, tourism, shopping, etc.) and time periods. Papers with a focus on the South of England are particularly welcome, but we are also happy to consider proposals for papers on leisure and coasts, ports and waterways elsewhere in Britain, in other countries, and indeed, globally.

Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to:

  • Seaside resorts and their leisure offerings
  • Dissemination of leisure practices and pastimes across rivers, canals, seas and oceans
  • Maritime leisure activities
  • Port-town and river and canal-side leisure cultures
  • Water-based sporting practices
  • Representations of waterside and waterborne leisure activities
If you would be interested in giving a paper, please send an abstract (c. 200-300 words) and a brief biography to by Tuesday, 31st March.



Topmasts Newsletters


Topmasts Archive