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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.

The Centre produces a newsletter called Maritime Matters every other month. The next newsletter is out in July. To subscribe email pcmc@port.ac.uk.   

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University of Portsmouth and Mary Rose Trust forge strategic partnership for maritime heritage

22 May 2024

University of Portsmouth and Mary Rose Trust forge strategic partnership for maritime heritage
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From steam to green: Lloyd's Register Foundation funds maritime energy transition research to understand impact on coastal communities

30 April 2024

From steam to green: Lloyd's Register Foundation funds maritime energy transition research to understand impact on coastal communities
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PhD scholarships will investigate ‘hidden treasures’ to help plan for the future of local institutions

22 April 2024

PhD scholarships will investigate ‘hidden treasures’ to help plan for the future of local institutions
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University of Portsmouth and Mary Rose Trust forge strategic alliance for maritime excellence

26 October 2023

University of Portsmouth and Mary Rose Trust forge strategic alliance for maritime excellence
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Learning from the past to make a better future for coastal communities

27 September 2023

Learning from the past to make a better future for coastal communities

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Launch of new maritime podcast from the University of Portsmouth

Guy Collender

Launch of new maritime podcast from the University of Portsmouth
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Call for manuscripts for the new book about the History of Port Cities

Guy Collender

Call for manuscripts for the new book about the History of Port Cities
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Coastal Imaginaries

Guy Collender

Coastal Imaginaries
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The sunken treasure of the San José shipwreck is contested – but its real riches go beyond coins and jewels

Ann Coats

The sunken treasure of the San José shipwreck is contested – but its real riches go beyond coins and jewels
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PGR Student Spotlight - Oscar Karlsson

PGR Student Spotlight - Oscar Karlsson

Our work focuses on the following key themes:

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Construction and experience of urban-maritime cultures

  • We're researching the extent to which urban-maritime contexts were and are unique sites of cultural formation.
  • We're exploring key themes related to cultural construction, such as whether urban-maritime spaces are shaped by international migratory networks.
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Representations of urban-maritime spaces and cultures

  • We're exploring how urban-maritime spaces are represented in historical and contemporary literary, film and media contexts.
  • We seek to understand how past narratives of urban-maritime spaces have affected our perception of port cities and maritime cultures.
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Recovering marginalised voices: Coastal communities and maritime heritage

  • We're researching how our dominant urban-maritime heritage is selected and promoted, and how that can be questioned.
  • We actively work with coastal communities in co-producing a shared heritage in nationally and international contexts.
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Conservation of tangible and intangible heritage

  • We're researching how we can develop innovative ways of conserving tangible and intangible heritage.
  • Our key aim is to develop inclusive methods of heritage conservation. 

Featured publications

  • Global Studies in Social and Cultural Maritime History

    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

    Sage Journals.

    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.


Research projects

  • Portsmouth Literary Map

    The Portsmouth Literary Map project celebrates Portsmouth as a current and historical city of literature, through an interactive map and ongoing blog.

  • Portsmyth

    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.

Our members

Co-Directors

Bradley Beaven Portrait

Professor Brad Beaven

Professor of Social and Cultural History

Bradley.Beaven@port.ac.uk

School of Area Studies, Sociology, History, Politics, and Literature

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD Supervisor

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Karl Bell Portrait

Dr Karl Bell

Associate Professor in Cultural and Social History

Karl.Bell@port.ac.uk

School of Area Studies, Sociology, History, Politics, and Literature

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD Supervisor

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PhD students

  • Charlotte Chan
  • Max Dixon
  • Jaina Hunt
  • Jack Hunter
  • Oscar Karlsson
  • Ivana Lam
  • Callum O’Connell
  • Stephanie Rickson
  • Daniel Rowley
  • Charlotte Steffen
  • Daisy Turnbull
  • Corey Watson

Associate members


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.

 

Read our conference roundup

 

Listen to our new podcast - Port Cities and Maritime Cultures

Port Cities and Maritime Cultures - a new podcast from the University of Portsmouth - focuses on the past, present and future importance of the waterfront and coastal communities. Too often such places and their peoples have been forgotten and marginalised. In each 30-minute episode, Dr Guy Collender interviews researchers to find out about the peoples, cultures, cargoes and ships found at sea, in port, and along the coast.

 

Listen now 

Related research areas

Our work also spans these research areas:

History

We're understanding our society through the study of experiences, culture, values and activities of people throughout history. 

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Area studies

We're exploring international relations, history, politics, economies, cultures, languages and geography across specific regions.

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English literature

We're researching how literature provides insight and understanding into the lives of other individuals, communities and cultures.

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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.

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