Port City Lives Conference 2014, 11-12th September 2014

20 08 2014

AS: The University of Liverpool will be hosting a fantastic conference on maritime history next month. I’ve pasted the programme below. 


Port City Lives Conference 2014, 11-12th September

Vectors: Port Cities as Gateways, Channels and Conduits


DAY ONE: Thursday 11 September. Venue: Blackburne House, Liverpool (off Hope St, L8 7PE)

Welcome: 8.45 – 9.30

Coffee, registration, and welcoming remarks

Session 1: 9.30 – 11.00

Place and identities


Emma Goldsmith (Northwestern), ‘Liverpool’s Elites at Home and Abroad 1870-1930.’

Alex Gillett (York) and Kevin Tennant (York), ‘Football, Local Identity, and (S)port Cities Lives.’

Kirsty Hooper (Warwick), ‘Heritage, Houses and Hospitals: Material Traces of 19th-century Anglo-Basque Maritime Networks.’

Coffee: 11.00 – 11.15


Session 2: 11.15 – 13.00

Trade and networks


Barbara Hahn (Texas Tech/Leeds), ‘Ports, Imports, and Manufacturing: The Emergence of the Sectors of Production During the Industrial Revolution.’

Sheryllynne Haggerty (Nottingham), ‘Structural Holes and Bad Ideas: Liverpool’s  Atlantic Trade Networks 1711-1713.’

Derek Janes (Exeter), ‘“for the very purpose of running them onto this country in defiance of the Law:” The Importance of Smugglers to their Suppliers and Distributors.’

Eberhard Crailsheim (Universität Hamburg), ‘Seville and Manila: Two Port Cities and the Phenomenon of Illegal Trade and Corruption in the 17th and 18th Centuries.’

Lunch: 13.00 – 14.00


Session 3: 14.00 – 15.30



Jane Stevens Crawshaw (Oxford Brookes), ‘Healthy Water: Environmental Channels in Renaissance Genoa.’

Robert MacKinnon (Aberystwyth), ‘The Maintenance of Flows as Threatening and Threatened with the Water-world: Hydraulic Modelling, Tool-power, and the Becoming of Power-tools.’

Kathleen Tyson (Independent scholar), ‘The Great Lost Port of English Conquest.’

Coffee: 15.30 – 15.45


Session 4: 15.45 – 17.15

Encounters: forced and chosen


Simon Hill (Liverpool John Moores), ‘Port Cities as Gateways & Threats: Prisoners of War in Liverpool, 1775-1783.’

Cameron White (University of Technology, Sydney) and Jacqueline Lorber Kasunic (University of Technology, Sydney),‘“A Half Way House’: The Global Context of Migration from Sydney to San Francisco during the Californian Gold Rush, 1849-1851.’

Ben Inman (Warwick), ‘Within and Beyond Galicia’s Fifth Province: Spanish Galician Immigrants in Buenos Aires.’

Session 5: 17.15 – 18.15

Keynote Speaker Horatio Clare (author of Down to the Sea in Ships), Title: TBC

Reception: 18.30 – 20.30

The Clove Hitch, Hope St, Liverpool


DAY TWO: Friday 12th September (co-hosted with the Envisioning The Indian City project)

Venue: The Library, 19 Abercrombie Square, University of Liverpool




Session 1: 9.30 – 11.30



Nilanjana Deb (Jadavpur University), ‘“The Tide of Migration Ebbs and Flows”: Labour Migration from the Colonial Port of Calcutta.’

Jessica Hanser (Yale-NUS College, Singapore), ‘The Madras-Canton Connection: Debts Crises and Political Instability in the British Empire.’

Catherine Eagleton (British Library), ‘Currency Flows and Trade Routes: Connections and Disconnections between Port Cities in the Western Indian Ocean

Atiya Habeeb Kidwai (Jawaharlal Nehru), Gloria Kuzur (Jawaharlal Nehru) and Sarmistha Roy (Ambedkar University, New Delhi), ‘The Role of Gateway Ports in the Evolution of Extroverted Hinterlands and Trade Blocks in Colonial India (1850 – 1945).’

Coffee: 11.30-11.45


Session 2: 11.45 – 13.15



Simon Mollan (York), ‘The Port of Suakin, Sudan, Entrepreneurialism, and the Imperial Gothic.’

Christine Atiyeh (Kutztown) and Alicia Walker (Bryn Mawr), ‘The Ports of Carthage (Tunisia) as Symbol of Empire.’

Edward Collins (University College, Dublin), ‘Knowledge Transmission and the Creation of Empire: The role of Seville in sixteenth-century Spain.’


Lunch: 13.15-14.30


Session 3: 14.30 – 15.45



Steven Gray (Warwick), ‘‘‘A Mixture of Races, Customs, and Manners, such as can Scarcely be Found at any Other Place:” The Culture of a Victorian Coaling Station.’

Günter Warsewa (Universität/Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen), ‘Shifting Relations Between Ports and Cities: The Postindustrial Maritime City.’

Gina Balta (University of Greenwich), ‘The Port of Piraeus and its Function as the Hub of the Greek Shipping Industry.’

Coffee: 15.45-16.00


Session 4: 16.00-17.30

Cross-roads and Exchanges


Nuno Grancho University of Coimbra (IIIUC, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and CES-UC, Center for Social Studies)) and Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal, ‘Cross-cultural Encounter in Portuguese colonial India’.

Abhijit Gupta, ‘A Note on Portuguese Print-house Personnel in Colonial Calcutta’.

Sidh Losa Mendiratta, Coimbra University, Portugal, ‘Framing Identity: cityscapes and architecture of Mumbai’s catholic communities (19th and the 20th centuries)’.






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