2014 Conference: Vectors

Vectors: Port Cities as Gateways, Channels and Conduits

Liverpool, 11-12 September 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 conference. The conference fee covers two days’ registration, with lunch and refreshments on both days:

Registration (standard): £70 / Registration (students): £45

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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 Threats
  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


9-9.30 Registration
Session 1: 9.30 – 11.00 India
  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’

Coffee: 11.00 – 11.15  
Session 2: 11.15 – 12.45 Empire
  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: 12.45-14.00  
Session 3: 14.00 – 15.30 Hinterlands
  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: 15.30-16.00
Session 4: 16.00-17.00 Cross-roads and Exchanges
  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)’.