The Organizing Committee of the International Maritime Economic History Association is pleased to inform you that the 6th International Congress of Maritime History will be hosted by Ghent University at Het Pand, an old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city. We will travel to Antwerp for one day to hold part of our programme at the Red Star Line and Antwerp City Museum (MAS). 

All previous congresses have adopted a broad concept of maritime history, treating it as an interdisciplinary discipline covering all historical periods and areas. This congress builds on this to promote and disseminate research in all aspects of humankind’s relationship with the sea, from ancient times to the present. The emphasis will be on the international, transnational and global character of maritime history. The sixth IMEHA Congress will have a special theme: the relation between maritime and global history. The Congress invites proposals for panels and papers that address any issue in maritime history. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof. Patrick Manning (University of Pittsburgh),

Prof. Lewis Fischer (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Prof. Yrjo Kaukiainen (University of Helsinki)

Prof. Joshua Smith (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy)

Session Proposals

Sessions will usually consist of four papers of not more than 20 minutes each. Other formats (debate panels, roundtables) are possible, but all sessions will need to conclude after 120 minutes. Session proposals should include a cover page with title, list of contributors, a commentator and chair, individual paper titles, a session abstract (maximum of 200 words), individual paper abstracts of no more than 200 words, and a short curriculum vitae for each participant. All sessions should include sufficient time for general discussion.

Paper Proposals

Contributors may also submit proposals for individual papers to be presented in a maximum of 20 minutes; if accepted, these will be combined into sessions of four papers. Paper proposals should include an abstract (maximum of 200 words) and a short curriculum vitae. All proposals will be reviewed and decisions will be made by June 2011.


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