National Maritime Museum, 24-25 July 2015
The Tudor and Stuart Age saw England, and later Britain, emerge as one of Europe’s major maritime and naval powers, in the process transforming its trade, culture, politics, financial structures, society and self-image. The National Maritime Museum will, over the next few years, begin to explore this rich and complex period.
In November 2015, the Museum will open a major exhibition centring on Samuel Pepys; looking further forward, a permanent gallery on Tudor and Stuart seafarers will open in 2018. In advance of these offerings, this conference aims to bring together scholars from the broadest possible range of perspectives to consider Britain’s relationship with the sea in the early modern era. Themes might include:
- Exploration, empire and cultural exchange
- Merchants, commercial networks and trading companies
- Piracy, smuggling and international law
- Naval warfare
- Religion, philosophy and intellectual thought
- Representations of the sea and seafaring in art, music and literature
- Navigation, science and map-making
- Shipbuilding, economics and technology
- Politics, administration and the state
- Social, cultural and gender histories of the maritime world
Please submit proposals of 300 words for individual papers, along with a short CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. We intend to publish a selection of papers as a volume of conference proceedings.
Call for papers deadline: 1 December 2014.