2012 Call for Papers

Port City Lives: Mobilities, Networks, Encounters

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June 2012 | Blackburne House, Liverpool


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As vibrant and dynamic urban centres, as nodes in long histories of colonialism and globalisation, and as zones of interaction and exchange, port cities have been important sites of research in the humanities and social sciences. This two-day workshop conference, organized by the Centre for Port and Maritime History and to be held in the historic port city of Liverpool, will bring together researchers from across the social sciences and humanities who work in and on port cities, to discuss current and future research into the communities and individuals who have inhabited these complex social and cultural spaces of encounter.



Port city research has a long history across various academic disciplines. Building on this vibrant tradition, the workshop aims to foment a critical discussion about the interdisciplinary potential of the port city as a space of encounter and a hub in multiple, intersecting histories and geographies. A key aim of the workshop is to bring together participants from across academic disciplines, geographical and historical specialisms, in order to think together about how we might develop new theoretical and methodological frameworks for studying port cities through attention to the individuals, communities and networks that inhabited them.


Potential topics might include (but are not limited to):

theories & methodologies

trade & other exchanges


first-person accounts

cultural representations


material cultures

everyday life

travel & tourism


crime & social control

museums & heritage

imperialism & decolonisation

homes & interiors

the business of port/ports of business

languages, slang, bilingualism