The newly formed Leeds Baines Group for the Comparative Study of Unfree Labour together with the Working Group on Comparative Slavery (founded at Harvard in 2015) aim to bring together scholars working on slavery and indenture for a two-day conference focusing on the comparative aspects of abolition in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Conference participants will explore research synergies and collaborative opportunities, promote a new cycle of comparative studies of slavery and indentured labour, and help define new trans-regional doctoral fields in historical research. Taking the theme of ‘abolition’ as its point of departure, the event will build on the significant growth of scholarship on unfree labour in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds during the past two decades. It will revisit some of persistent problems posed by the traditional comparative literature on slavery and indenture and identify new and exciting areas for future research.
Advanced PhD students working on transnational/transregional topics may be interested in applying for a Gerald D. Feldman travel grant. Areas for study include: China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Turkey, USA. The supporting institutions explain as follows:
Once a year, supported by the Peters Beer Foundation, part of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany), the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) confers Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants to young academics with an international focus.
The travel grants are meant to improve the career opportunities for humanities and social science academics in their qualification phase. The scientists conduct a self-chosen research project in at least two and at most three host countries which are home to MWS institutes and branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History. The total term of funding shall not exceed three months. Placements (at most one month per host country, shorter stays are possible) are to be used for research, especially in libraries and archives. Academics are expected to produce transnational and transregional studies, providing research with new and original ideas. The research placements should ideally be completed within 12 months, or at most 24.
Funding is based on the rates of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and covers:
- documented travel costs for travel to the foreign institute and back (least expensive route);
- daily rates between € 27.00 and € 58.00 depending on the host country;
- lodging in one of the institute’s inexpensive guest rooms depending on the host country chosen and on availability.
Countries and Regions
China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Turkey, USA.
Applications for the country of the applicant’s main place of residence will not be considered.
Conditions for Applications
All application papers must be submitted in German or English. A complete application will comprise the following information:
- completed application form;
- a detailed presentation (max. 3-5 pages) of the intended research project, stating the sources which justify the stay in the specific host countries or at the institutes;
- copies of certificates (examinations, PhD certificate)
- list of publications
- a reference opinion from an expert which should provide information on the applicant’s status and the progress of work and be sent directly to the Max Weber Foundation’s central office
- a letter confirming supervision by the host institution in Germany, if applicable.
The next deadline for applications is 13 October 2017.
Information can be obtained from Hanna Pletziger by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone on +49 (228) 377 86-38.
The British Group of Early American Historians has chosen the theme of “Port Towns, Maritime Connections, and Oceanic Spaces” for their 2017 conference to take place from August 29 to September 3, in Portsmouth, UK. While this conference will be of special interest to those studying the Atlantic World, the consideration of intercultural exchange, movement of peoples, and transitional/border zones speak to important questions in global history. Further details:
The British Group of Early American Historians will hold its annual conference at the University of Portsmouth, 29 August – 3 September 2017.Drawing on Portsmouth’s historic significance as a port town this year’s conference theme is: “Land and Water: Port Towns, maritime connections, and oceanic spaces of the early modern Atlantic World.” Portsmouth was a site of embarkation for those who shaped (or attempted to shape) the political, social, and demographic contours of the Atlantic World: the Roanoke colonists departed from the town in 1587; as did Admiral Nelson for the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It was a hub of imperial force in the form of the Royal Navy and intimately connected with the imperial conflicts across the globe, and also of the protection and then prevention of the transatlantic slave trade.
Yet, as with all port towns, the social space between water and land was a space for contestation and conflict; a space for opportunity and escape.The organisers therefore welcome work that explores the themes of port towns in the early modern Atlantic World in their broadest construction: sites of intercultural exchange, sites of tension, and sites of community. The relationship between land and water is intended to encompass all of the inhabitants of the Atlantic World: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas; Africans; Europeans; and their descendants. Moreover, we are keen to encourage scholars with interests from all parts of the Atlantic World in the broad early modern era. In keeping with BGEAH tradition, however, papers that do not necessarily fit the theme are still invited for consideration.
We invite proposals for panels and papers of many types: from traditional panels of three 20-minute papers to pre-circulated papers/panels to roundtables to “state-of-the-field” reviews. We will accept individual paper proposals, but whole panels are encouraged.Programme Committee: Thomas Rodgers (Organiser), Sheryllynne Haggerty (Nottingham), Rachel Herrmann (Southampton), Gareth Davis (UCL).
Please email proposals to Thomas Rodgers at Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line BGEAH 2017. Proposals should be sent as a single document attachment with the name of the submitter and BGEAH in the file name (either Word doc. or PDF). Individual submissions should include a 250-350 word summary of the paper and a brief (1-2 page) C.V. Panel submissions should include a one-paragraph overview of the intended session in addition to the individual paper descriptions and a brief C.V. for each participant. The deadline for submissions is March 3, 2017.
From Cape Town as the “Tavern of the Seas” to Liverpool as the “World in One City”, ports pose some unique questions–and opportunities–for global historians. The Centre for Port and Maritime History has organized a two-day international conference in late April for graduate students and early career researchers who work on shores, coasts, and other watery subjects. The CFP:
The Centre for Port and Maritime History will hold its second annual postgraduate conference at the University of Bristol on 20-21st April 2017. The aim of this two-day conference is to bring together postgraduates and early career researchers working on any aspect of port or maritime history across a wide range of chronologies and geographical settings. It is hoped that this event will encourage postgraduate students to become part of the vibrant research community brought together by the International Postgraduate Port and Maritime History Network. As this network is international, we particularly invite proposals from researchers working at institutions outside of the U.K.
Possible themes, are not limited to, but may include:
- Urban culture in port towns and cities
- Literary representations of ports and maritime endeavour
- The economics of trade and commerce by sea
- The social and economic impact of naval warfare
- Crime and deviancy at sea and on shore
- Shipbuilding, navigation and maritime instruments
Proposals for both 20 minute papers, and for panels of three papers are welcomed. Abstracts of 250 words, along with a short, biographical note, should be sent to Siobhan Hearne email@example.com and David Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm (GMT) on Monday 27th February 2017.
Scholars across multiple disciplines–international relations, archaeology, visual arts, music, and geography, to name a few–are invited to Lisbon this July to discuss the shared cultural heritage of oceans. Panels address such diverse themes as maritime Asia, anti-colonial resistance, oceans in antiquity and in the Middle Ages, and climate change policy. The call for papers and posters closes Wednesday, February 1.
The convenors describe the concept as follows:
Coastal seas and open oceans have always been a realm for epic adventures, for misfortunes and new discoveries, a place for the construction of stories and legends, and for the creation of myths and imaginary geographies. Home of different ecosystems and of plentiful resources, in the offshore waters of the world oceans and in the nearby shores of all continents, sources of food were found and exploited, new industries, cities and ports were established and developed, different ways of communication and transfer of people, products and knowledge were created and explored.
Humans throughout time and geographies, by exploring the oceans and coastal regions, have produced new technical competences, new political and social strategies, new systems of exchange and circulation, new cultures and ways of living, and new worldviews. And by doing so, have created a panoply of historical, cultural and natural models that can nowadays be perceived and analysed in a multitude of perspectives. The presence of the sea in human societies and the use of sea by people have produced both tangible and intangible heritage, impacts and memories, that can help us understand the historical relation of people and the sea and shape its legacy for future generations.
The III CHAM International Conference follows the main strategic scientific project of CHAM – Frontiers – also encompassing the global objectives of the UNESCO CHAIR “The Cultural Oceans’ Heritage” held by Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. In this conference a multidisplinary and integrative approach to the main theme “Oceans and shores: Heritage, people and environments” will be encouraged, allowing the presentation of worldwide scientific novelty, the discussion of comparative narratives and the implementation of complementary methodologies, with impacts in distinct fields of science and of the society.
This conference is sponsored by CHAM (Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar). For further information, please consult the conference website.