Centre for Port Cities and Maritime Cultures
Exploring urban and maritime experiences: past, present and future
The Centre for Port Cities and Maritime Cultures focuses on the past, present and future importance of urban-maritime cultures and communities within a global context.
The increasing concern about social and economic deprivation in coastal communities has underscored the importance of focusing scholarly work on the waterfront. We're dedicated to investigating the opportunities that exist for cultural and heritage enrichment initiatives and community engagement programmes in this area.
Working with academics, creative practitioners, funders and local community groups, we explore the relationships between urban and maritime spaces and seek to empower our disadvantaged communities.
Latest newsMore news
University of Portsmouth and Mary Rose Trust forge strategic alliance for maritime excellence
Learning from the past to make a better future for coastal communities
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Our work focuses on the following key themes:
Various authors. (2021- ), "Global Studies in Social and Cultural Maritime History", Palgrave Macmillan
This series seeks to reconnect the maritime sphere with broader social and cultural histories across the globe. It looks to an emergent area of historiography: how the maritime was a space of global social and cultural exchange.
Coastal Studies & Society aims to coordinate and direct sustained attention to the relationship between the land and sea and society that comprises a nature-culture hybrid territory which has appeared at the periphery of so many academic inquiries, but at the centre of too few.
The Portsmouth Literary Map project celebrates Portsmouth as a current and historical city of literature, through an interactive map and ongoing blog.
Portsmyth is an interactive game created by Supernatural Cities to showcase creative writing, gaming, and the use of folklore and the supernatural in the creation of new narratives of space and place.
Dr Margarette Lincoln - Visiting Researcher Maritime History
- Charlotte Chan
- Oscar Karlsson
- Ivana Lam
- Daniel Rowley
- Charlotte Steffen
- Daisy Turnbull
- Jack Hunter
- Callum O’Connell
- Corey Watson
- Professor Joanne Begiato, Professor of History - Oxford Brookes
- Professor Isaac Land, Professor of History - Indiana State University, USA
- Professor Daisuke Higuchi, Professor of Japanese Historical Literature - University of Kobe, Japan
- Dr Maya Hamada, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature - University of Kobe, Japan
- Professor Faye Hammil, Professor of Literature - University of Glasgow
- Dr Tomas Nilson, Senior Lecturer in History - Halmstad University, Sweden
- Dr Jonathan Thayer, Queens College - City University of New York, USA
- Dr Kayoko Yukimura, Research Fellow - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan
- Professor Man Kong Wong, Associate Dean (Development), Office of the Dean of Social Sciences - Hong Kong Baptist University
Events and podcasts
Roundup from our 2023 international conference - Ports Cities in Comparative Global History: Potentials and Issues
The first 'International Conference on Ports Cities in Comparative Global History: Potentials and Issues' took place at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) in June 2023.
Listen to our podcast - Beyond the Porthole
PhD students Daisy Turnbull, Charlotte Steffen and Suzanne Marie Taylor explore and discuss aspects of maritime and coastal culture in our podcast series.
Related research areas
Our work also spans these research areas:
We're understanding our society through the study of experiences, culture, values and activities of people throughout history.
We're exploring international relations, history, politics, economies, cultures, languages and geography across specific regions.
We're researching how literature provides insight and understanding into the lives of other individuals, communities and cultures.
Physical and human geography
We're researching physical and human geography and the causes and effects of social and environmental crises, and finding solutions to these problems.