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Porto university, 4-8 july 2014

The Sea as a whole - Ideological reservoir and environmental concerns

5th Summer School in Environmental History
Porto University (UP-FL) and the National Science Foundation (FCT), with the support of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH),
and the Research Centre for Tran disciplinary Studies, Culture, Space and Memory (CITCEM) are organizing the 5th ESEH Summer School 2014.
This four-day ESEH graduate student Summer School will take place immediately before the 2nd WORLD CONGRESS ON ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY (2ND WCEH)
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Call for papers - Deadline : 2015, april, 1 st

Sixteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History

University of Texas at Arlington
Date of Conference: September 17-19, 2015

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Scientific events

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Defence sites : Heritage & Future 2012

The conference aims to raise the knowledgeof the scale, design and functions of military, naval and air force sites. It will bring a better understanding to the issues raised by their redundancy, and the implications of different disposal processes for state owned land.

Sixth International Congress of Maritime History

Special theme: maritime and global history

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Director's words

Maritime history is a concept that has been initiated by medievalists (whose work has been on the end of the Middle Ages) and by modernists. At least, those who claim to belong to the maritime field are mainly from these two academic fields. The idea is to work with the largest possible chronology, from Prehistory to today. The historians of the Contemporary Period do not often refer to the maritime field, which however is not indicative of disinterest in this field ; in fact, it is quite the contrary. Indeed, their numerous works are specific to thematic frameworks which are particularly fruitful : the history of businesses and capitalism in general, that of businesses in the building and public work sector, as well as in industries which are particularly present in ports: naval construction, food processing, chemistry; sectors involving the various players in the field (managers, bankers, engineers, stevedores and workers); the history of trade-union and work movements, of technical aspects, colonial history, and the history of tourism. Sustainable links should also be established with archaeologists. The conference on underwater archaeology, organised by Lorient in June 2009, with DRASSM, could be the prefiguration.

All levels should be considered. Indeed, maritime history has targeted the great, the vast, the far away, meaning large ports, long crossings, overseas territories, elite merchants, and officers. It has neglected the small ports that can be found between the large port centres. Moreover, although historiography provides a segmented history of the ocean coasts, the blanks still need to be filled in. Modest shipyards, coastal shipping, small-scale fishing, and coastal populations have been overlooked. Today, these are research fields that are being developed, notably those dealing with coastal shipping, small-scale fishing, and coastal populations.

Five years after the creation of the SIG (Scientific Interest Group of Maritime History) in 2005, we have signed of a four-year convention with the French national centre of scientific research (CNRS). It has also opened up a new era of subscriptions and semi-annual publications for the Revue d'Histoire Maritime.

It has also opened up a new era of subscriptions and semi-annual publications for the Revue d'Histoire Maritime.

by Gérard Le Bouëdec

Director of the Scientific Interest Group of Maritime History


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