Established in 2016, the International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network brings together postgraduates working on port and maritime studies across a wide range of chronologies and geographies. The network is supported by the Centre for Port and Maritime History, a collaborative venture between The University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, and Merseyside Maritime Museum, which facilitates research on port cities and their relationship to maritime endeavour and enterprise. Our network is currently comprised of postgraduates from universities in the Basque Country, Crete, Hamburg and New South Wales, as well as from various institutions across the UK.

Our 2016 conference at the University of Strathclyde attracted a diverse range of papers focused on social and economic histories of various maritime industries. For example, delegates presented on late eighteenth-century maritime international trade and the nineteenth century Scottish whaling industry, as well as shipbuilding in both eighteenth-century Havana and twentieth-century Estonia.

Since then we have launched our Public Engagement Seminar Series which gives postgraduate and early career researchers a platform to disseminate their research to a public audience. The first of the 2016/2017 series was held at Tate Liverpool in December 2016. This was titled ‘Outlaws by Shore and Sea’. More information can be found here.

We intend to further consolidate the network’s activities and expand its membership during our second annual conference at the University of Bristol in April 2017. Please see our Call for Papers for further information.

For more information, contact Scott Carballo scott.carballo.2013@uni.strath.ac.uk and Christin Simons cs288@st-andrews.ac.uk