Conference on 'Community and the Sea in the Age of Sail'
The interdisciplinary conference on 'Community and the Sea in the Age of Sail' will explore the part played by community in the history of ships, port cities, oceangoing and empire
24.05.2012 kl. 09.00 - 25.05.2012 kl. 18.30
A two-day international conference
24-25 May 2012 at the Utzon Center, Aalborg, Denmark
The interdisciplinary conference on 'Community and the Sea in the Age of Sail' will explore the part played by community in the history of ships, port cities, oceangoing and empire. What part did community play in the complex world of the seas and their ships, and what did it mean to be a 'part' – or not – of these communities as such?
The conference seeks to bring together different perspectives on the histories of the sea and the many different communities of people traversing the sea or otherwise dealing with the ocean. Thus, the event will explore forms of agency involving issues of race, class, gender, cultural identity and performance.
We wish to confront issues like: How did questions of community shape struggles for agency among both seafaring and port-resident groups, and to what extent were these struggles themselves about commonality? What was the political arithmetic of authority and resistance in the age of sail? How was it performed and what was its rhetoric?
Keynote speakers include Professor Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh, USA and Professor Clare Anderson, University of Leicester, UK
The conference is held under the auspices of CEPS - Cultural Encounters of Premodern Societies and CGS - Institute of Cultural and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark.
For more information on the event please email the organizers
- Research Student, Johan Heinsen, Aalborg University
- Associate Professor, Torben Kjersgaard Nielsen, Aalborg University
Thursday, May 24th, 2012
|09.10 -10.10|| |
MARCUS REDIKER, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, USA
|10.30 -12.00|| |
Community and vessels of war
NIKLAS FRYKMAN, CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE, CLAREMONT, USA
JAKOB SEERUP, DANISH NATIONAL ARMOURIES, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
LUKE MARTINEZ, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, USA
|13.00 -14.00|| |
Common spaces, com m on worlds?
JOHAN HEINSEN, AALBORG UNIVERSITY, DENMARK
ISAAC CURTIS, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, USA
Community, sailors and colonial ports
NICOLE ULRICH, RHODES UNIVERSITY, EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
TITAS CHAKRABORTY, PITTSBURGH UNIVERSITY, USA
STEVEN PITT, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, USA
Life, labour and the sea
RICHARD GORSKI, UNIVERSITY OF HULL, UK
FRIGREN PIRITA, DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ETHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF JYVÄSKYLÄ, FINLAND
BO POULSEN, UNIVERSITY OF AALBORG, DENMARK/JELLE VAN LOTTUM, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, UK
Friday, May 25th, 2012
|09.00 -10.00|| |
CLARE ANDERSON, UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER, UK
|10.30 -12.00|| |
Politics of the seas
DAVID CHAPPELL, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, USA
JENNIFER GAYNOR, UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO, USA
AARON JAFFER, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, UK
|13.00 -14-30|| |
Between Sea and land
JOSEPH CHRISTENSEN, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, MURDOCH
YEVAN TERRIEN, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, USA
WILLIAM TAYLOR, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, CRAWLEY
|15.00 -16.30|| |
“Get a Life”: (Re)visiting seafaring archives
HAMISH MAXWELL-STEWART, UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA, HOBARTH
ISAAC LAND, INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, USA
VALERIE BURTON, MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA
|18.30 -||Conference dinner|
Professor Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor
Pittsburgh University, USA
He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1951. He comes from a working-class family, with roots in the mines and factories of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia; He grew up in Nashville and Richmond. He attended Vanderbilt University, dropped out of school and worked in a factory for three years, and graduated with a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976. He went to the University of Pennsylvania for graduate study, earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in history. He taught at Georgetown University from 1982 to 1994, lived in Moscow for a year (1984-5), and am currently Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has, over the years, been active in a variety of social justice and peace movements, most recently in the worldwide campaign to abolish the death penalty. He has written, co-written, or edited six books: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1987); Who Built America? (1989), volume one; The Many-Headed Hydra (2000); Villains of All Nations (2004); The Slave Ship: A Human History (2007); and Many Middle Passages (2007). I am currently working on a new history of the Amistad Rebellion.
Professor Clare Anderson, Professor of History
Leicester University, UK
Clare Anderson is a professor of history, with interests in colonialism and colonial societies across the British Empire. She studied for an undergraduate degree in History-Sociology, and for a PhD in History, at the University of Edinburgh. She joined the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester in 1997, moving to the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick in 2007. She returned to the School of Historical Studies in 2011. Her research centres on the Indian Ocean during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and she is especially interested in the history of confinement. She has worked on prisons, penal colonies, plantations, and migrant ships, and her interests also include forced labour, the history of anthropology, photography, and the body. She held an ESRC Research Fellowship between 2002 and 2006, and worked on nineteenth-century British penal settlements. Subsequently, she held the one-year Caird Senior Research Fellowship and then the two-year Sackler-Caird Research Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum. She then developed research on subaltern experiences and biographies of Indian Ocean journeying. She has held visiting professorships on the Culture and Commerce in the Indian Ocean project, University of Technology Sydney (2009, 2011), and is currently editor of the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.