Visby Maritime Symposium, 10 – 12 October 2018, Visby, Sweden.

Visby Maritime Symposium

International Merchant Shipping in the 21st century:
Social Science Perspectives on Opportunities and Challenges
10 – 12 October 2018, Visby, Sweden

The last few decades have seen a breath taking number of technological breakthroughs. These may change the work that people do in profound and unexpected ways. However, while much attention has been devoted to technological developments, the implications of new technologies for those employed in the shipping industry, whether on shore or at sea, are not yet well understood.

Bringing together industry experts and scholars, the Visby Maritime Symposium provides a forum for presenting state-of-the-art research from across the social sciences and for discussing directions for future research to meet the challenges facing merchant shipping in a socially responsible way.

The Visby Maritime Symposium is organized by Dr Birgit Pauksztat (Uppsala University, Campus Gotland) and Dr. Mike Barnett (MLB Maritime Services). It will be hosted by the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, and Uppsala University Campus Gotland.

More details, including Call-for-papers, programme, and contact information can be found at: 

Equal Shipping: why are women still underrepresented in maritime?

Webinar announcement!

Equal Shipping: why are women still underrepresented in maritime?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

02:30 PM British Summer Time

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This webinar, presented by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, will assess the current position of women in maritime at a turning point for the industry. We will be looking at the importance of representation, reducing barriers, and speaking out against workplace inequality, what the future looks like for the shipping industry.

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5th March, Caird Library Research Seminar: Collecting Maritime History? Callender, Caird and the National Maritime Museum, 1928–39

Dear all,

Please find the details below of an upcoming seminar at the National Maritime Museum:

5 March

Quintin Colville, Curator of Naval History

Collecting Maritime History? Callender, Caird and the National Maritime Museum, 1928–39

This paper explores the vision of British history and heritage that guided the work of both the National Maritime Museum’s first director and its most generous benefactor. Though from differing professional backgrounds, these men shared a particular vision of Britain’s past, present and future – one inseparable from notions of sea power and national destiny. The historic themes, objects, people and events around which they fashioned the Museum tell a complex and important story.

More details at: 

Date for the diary! Seminar Announcement 20th February. Maritime History & Culture Seminars at the Institute of Historical Research

Date: 20th February 2018

Location: The Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, London WE1E 7HU

Time: 17:15 in Wolfson Room I

Dr Caroline Withall, National Maritime Museum

The forgotten boys of the sea: Marine Society merchant sea apprentices, 1772-1854

Dr Caroline Withall will explore the lives of poor boys who went to sea during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Meet apprentices like Edward Kelly, who was beaten so badly he lost the use of his arm, William Cakebread, who was jailed for smuggling, and William Brook, a ‘boy of colour’ recommended by the Lord Mayor of London.

Where did these boys come from? Who employed them and how were they treated? Where were they sent? Did they find better lives at sea? Did they run away? How many of them survived?

The Marine Society is well known for sending boys to the Royal Navy but, as this seminar will show, supplying apprentices for merchant ships became the society’s main focus. Dr Withall will also address broader social and economic issues within British and maritime history, drawing upon data on over 22,000 of these ‘forgotten’ boys.