International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network Conference

April 2019

The International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network brings together postgraduates working on port and maritime studies across a wide range of chronologies and geographies. The network is supported by the Centre for Port and Maritime History, a collaborative venture between The University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, and Merseyside Maritime Museum, which facilitates research on port cities and their relationship to maritime endeavour and enterprise.

The conference takes place at the University of Dundee on the 24th-25th April 2019. Attendance is free, but prior booking is required.

Keynote speakers are Professor Steve Murdoch (University of St Andrews) and Dr Martine van Ittersum (University of Dundee)


24th of April 2019

13.00-13.30 Registration

13.30- 13.40. Opening of conference

13.40 -14.30 Panel I: Whaling and Fishery (Chair: Dr David Wilson (Strathclyde))

Matthew Ylitalo (St Andrews) ‘A walrus, a polar bear and a humpback whale: Dundee’s nineteenth-century maritime trade in exotic animals’

Marie Koiver (Tartu) Coastal Fishery in Estonia between 1918 and 1940

14.30- 15.00 Coffee break

15.00-16.00 Keynote: (Chair: Scott Carballo (Strathclyde)

Professor Steve Murdoch (St Andrews) Fife Ports in Baltic Trade in the Early Modern Period

16.00- 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 -17.20 Panel II: Piracy and Crime at Sea (Chair: Professor Steve Murdoch)

Nathan Kwan (London/Hongkong) ‘Wasn’t she some pirate’s mother?’: Women and Chinese Piracy in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Jessica Kate Simonds (Belfast) Maintaining the Industrial Assemblage: (In)-Security in the High-Risk Area in an Era of Piratical Decline

17.30 Additional Program: Maritime Walk through Dundee with Matthew Ylitalo

19.00 Conference Dinner

Credit: NMM PAJ2438

25th of April 2019

10.00 – 11.00 Keynote: (Chair: Christin Simons (St Andrews)

Dr Martine van Ittersum (Dundee) ‘Mare Liberum: Hugo Grotius, the Dutch East India Company and the Law of the Sea in the Seventeenth Century’

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30- 12.00 Speed Lectures (Chair: Christin Simons)

James Fortuna (St Andrews) The New Deal’s Rehabilitation of Angel Island in San Francisco and Ellis Island in New York City, 1934-42

Benjamin Jennings (Hull) The commemoration of Prince Henry ‘the Navigator’ in 1960 through Anglo-Portuguese relations

Efstathia Dorovitsa (Hull) Tracing the Norwegian natural ice trade in France 1850-1914: Reception, Consumption, Diffusion

Helen Rawsthorne (Brest) A New Wave of Prosopography: An Application to Tide Prediction Machines

Christin Simons and Elena Romero-Passerin d’Entrèves (University of St Andrews) Merplantilism: board games and public engagement

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00- 14.10 Panel III Sailors at Home and Abroad (Chair: Professor Graeme Morton (Dundee))

Pavel Demchenko (Saint Petersburg) Shipping Practices to and from Russian Ports during the Seven Years War.

Jack Abernethy (University of St Andrews) Exiles from the Covenant: Aberdeen, Amsterdam and the Dutch West India Company

Dr David Wilson (Strathclyde) Imperial Coastguards: Maritime Conflict in the Greater Caribbean and its wider consequences, 1713-1739

14.10-14.40 Coffee break

14.40- 15.50 Panel IV Maritime Politics and Policy (Chair: Anja Johansen (Dundee))

Neil Harrison (Newcastle) Sir Joseph Cowen MP and James Stevenson MP. Chairmen of the Tyne Improvement Commission in the mid to late nineteenth century. Fathers of the River Tyne and Tyneside?

Jordan Brown (St Andrews) “We Are Not Wild Cats, The Wild Cats Are in Government”

Pedro Ponte e Sousa (Lisbon) The Atlantic in contemporary Portuguese foreign policy: is it foreign policy at all?

16.00 Closing Remarks


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