CFP: ‘Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environment’ III CHAM International Conference (Lisbon, 12-15 July 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.

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