Beyond The Porthole - A New Multidisciplinary Podcast on Maritime History

Publicity shot of  Suzanne Marie Taylor, Charlotte Steffen and Daisy Turnbull

PhD students from CCI and HUMSS release a 7-part series on maritime life and history, featuring researchers, heritage professional and artists

  • 08 April 2022
  • 3 min read

PhD students from the University of Portsmouth, Suzanne Marie Taylor, Charlotte Steffen and Daisy Turnbull are embarking on an insightful new project looking ‘Beyond The Porthole’ at aspects of maritime and coastal history in a brand new podcast series.

This 7-part series is diving into current themes of maritime history, featuring some amazing researchers, heritage professionals and artists about their ongoing projects.

This academic podcast aims to create discussions around topics such as: port-town societies and crime, lifesaving and shipwrecks, sea monsters and shipboard animals, and consider how maritime space has shaped ideas of history, art, music, geography and ultimately society and culture.

Though the core focus of this podcast is history, it will tackle themes of the maritime from a multidisciplinary perspective, with the hosts spread across disciplines of history, archaeology and the performing arts. Suzanne Marie Taylor is from the School of Art, Design and Performance in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Charlotte Steffen and Daisy Turnbull are from the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Listen to ‘Beyond The Porthole’ today

Join Suzanne, Charlotte and Daisy for the first full episode of the 'Beyond The Porthole' Podcast, which was released on the 31 March 2022.

The podcast is available on:

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New episodes will be released here: Beyond The Porthole : A Maritime History Podcast

Listen to the podcast live

And it’s not all digital! The 'Beyond The Porthole' team are excited to be planning a live-panel event recording as the final instalment of this first series. To be hosted at the University of Portsmouth (UK) in July 2022 – further details will be released closer to the time. Stay tuned to find out more and how to join us for this event!

The Port Towns and Urban Cultures Group

The Port Towns and Urban Cultures group is dedicated to furthering our understanding of the social and cultural contexts of ports across the globe from the early modern period. It recognizes the importance of ports as liminal places where marine and urban spaces converge, producing a unique site of socio-cultural exchange that reinforced and challenged identities, perceptions and boundaries.

Established in 2010 by leading members of the History department at the University of Portsmouth, the group comprises a team of academics from a range of socio-cultural disciplines, an international array of contributors and collaborators and a number of PhD students.