Maritime Spaces, Shows, and the Nineteenth-Century City

Event Details

  • Event date: 12/04/2019
  • Venue: University College Cork
  • CFP Deadline: 01/02/2019

In recent decades, circum-Atlantic and global discourses have pushed us as scholars in the humanities to reappraise the place of the maritime, and its effects, in our conception of the nineteenth century. Writers, artists, and audiences were closer to the sea and shipping, both figuratively and literally, than we once thought, leading us to examine how this relationship shaped the thoughts, perceptions, and practices of port citizens across the Atlantic archipelago.This interdisciplinary one-day conference will also feature a staged reading of selected scenes from a nautical melodrama.


Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Themes of (water-based) mobility
  • Cities/literature/theatre and the maritime
  • Migration and movement of people/goods
  • Maritime identities (personal, local, civic)
  • Perceptions of dockland spaces
  • Social hierarchies of dockland labour
  • Trade unionism and the docks


Please submit abstracts (max. 300 words) for standard twenty minute papers, with a brief biography, to


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