University of Greenwich, 9 September 2017

Over the past few decades there has been significant debate as to the place and shape of maritime history. In January 2008, the Council of the American Historical Association approved unanimously to add 'Maritime, including Naval' to its taxonomy of academic specialties. But since then, it has been suggested that the field has been marginalised.  Or does the growth of new areas of interest – such as the study of port towns, the 'Atlantic World,' Coastal History, and the role of gender in maritime history – suggest a flourishing, if more diverse, environment? What is the state of health in other research-orientated maritime activities such as public history and heritage?

The Greenwich Maritime Centre and the Society for Nautical Research held this major conference at the University of Greenwich to consider these questions. The conference brought together key contributors from within the broad field of maritime history, as well as those who write on maritime and coastal topics, but do not consider themselves maritime historians. Papers and key discussion points will be published in hard copy and/or online by the Society of Nautical Research.  

Keynote Speakers: Professor John Hattendorf; Professor Eric Grove; Professor Richard Harding

Programme themes included: maritime history and education; new disciplinary horizons; maritime history and museum curation; maritime history and regional horizons.


08:45- 09:30

Registration & Coffee  (Queen Anne Court - Vestibule)

09:30– 09:45

Conference Welcome and Presentation of the SNR Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award (QA080)

Dr J.D. Davies, Vice-President of the Society for Nautical Research representing Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton, Chairman, SNR

Dr Tim Acott, Director, Greenwich Maritime Centre, University of Greenwich

09:45– 10:15

Opening Keynote (Chair: Professor Eric Grove, Formerly University of Salford/Liverpool Hope University)

Professor John B. Hattendorf, U.S. Naval War College Ubi Sumus?: The Views of a Veteran in the Field of Maritime History

10:15– 11:05

Session One: Maritime History and Education

Susan Rose Purely ornamental? Maritime History before c.1550

Benjamin Redding, University of Warwick Making Early Modern Naval History Relevant: Discussing the Importance of Warship Design in the Undergraduate Classroom

11:05– 11:30

Morning Break (Council Room)

11:30– 12:45

Session Two: New Disciplinary Horizons

Susann Liebich and Dr Laurence Publicover, Heidelberg University and University of Bristol Maritime Literary Cultures: Putting Voyage Diaries on the Map

Sam Robinson, University of York Oceanic futures: Maritime Spaces and the History of Science and Technology of, and on, the Oceans

Cathryn Pearce and Michael Talbot, University of Greenwich Is Coastal History Maritime History?

12:45– 13:45

Lunch (Council Room)

13:45– 14:15

Keynote Address (Chair: Dr J.D. Davies, Society for Nautical Research)

Professor Eric Grove, formerly University of Salford/Liverpool Hope University The New New Naval History - The Need for a Still Broader Perspective



Session Three: Maritime History and Museum Curation (Chair: Dr Steven Gray, University of Portsmouth)

Clare Warrior, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich The Place of Exploration in Maritime History: The National Maritime Museum and the Polar Regions

Jo Stanley, University of Hull Moving Missing 'Minorities' from the Margins to the Main in Maritime Museums

15:05– 15:30

Afternoon Break (Council Room)

15:30– 16:20

Session Four: Maritime History and Regional Horizons (Chair: Dr Chris Ware, University of Greenwich)

Oliver Coates, Cambridge University Maritime West Africa: cultures, economies, connections since 1900

Mark David Matthews and James G. Davies, Institute of Welsh Maritime Historical Studies and Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage Maritime Research in Wales: the last 20 years

16:20– 16:50

Keynote Address (Chair: Dr Chris Ware, University of Greenwich)

Professor Richard Harding, University of Westminster Talking Across Disciplines: Historians, Social Scientists and the Understanding of Maritime History



Round Table and Closing Remarks (Chair: J.D. Davies)

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