Call for Papers: III CHAM International Conference, "Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environment".

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Call for Papers
February 1, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Humanities

The III CHAM International Conference will be held in Lisbon, 12th  to 15th July 2017, and its main theme is "Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environment".

The Call for Papers and posters is now open and closes on 1st February.

Please read the congress concept and browse the list of panels in a wide range of disciplines.


Coastal seas and open oceans have always been a realm for epic adventures, for misfortunes and new discoveries, a place for the construction of stories and legends, and for the creation of myths and imaginary geographies. Home of different ecosystems and of plentiful resources, in the offshore waters of the world oceans and in the nearby shores of all continents, sources of food were found and exploited, new industries, cities and ports were established and developed, different ways of communication and transfer of people, products and knowledge were created and explored.

Humans throughout time and geographies, by exploring the oceans and coastal regions, have produced new technical competences, new political and social strategies, new systems of exchange and circulation, new cultures and ways of living, and new worldviews. And by doing so, have created a panoply of historical, cultural and natural models that can nowadays be perceived and analysed in a multitude of perspectives. The presence of the sea in human societies and the use of sea by people have produced both tangible and intangible heritage, impacts and memories, that can help us understand the historical relation of people and the sea and shape its legacy for future generations. 

The III CHAM International Conference follows the main strategic scientific project of CHAM – Frontiers – also encompassing the global objectives of the UNESCO CHAIR “The Cultural Oceans’ Heritage” held by Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. In this conference a multidisplinary and integrative approach to the main theme “Oceans and shores: Heritage, people and environments” will be encouraged, allowing the presentation of worldwide scientific novelty, the discussion of comparative narratives and the implementation of complementary methodologies, with impacts in distinct fields of science and of the society.  

List of panels:
[+]  P01 Riding the waves: politics, memories and sense making in contemporary maritime cultures
[+]  P02 L'Italia fuori d'Italia' revisited: Italian merchant diaspora(s) after the Renaissance
[+]  P03 A donde Neptuno reina: water and gods in the iconography of power during the Modern Era (XVI-XVIII)
[+]  P04 Practices of defiance: resisting colonial maritime power
[+]  P05 Going with the flow: oceans, animals and ideas on the move
[+]  P06 The primeval oceans and the architecture of memory: the evocation of ancient cosmogonies, voyages, and imaginaries 
[+]  P07 The appraising eye: skilled vision, professionalization, and the sensory history of the coast
[+]  P08 Rivers and shores: 'fluviality' and the occupation of colonial Amazonia
[+]  P09 The imperial/colonial policies on tobacco and its connection with the design of the Atlantic space
[+]  P10 Migratory movements towards oceanic port-cities, 1400-1700
[+]  P11 The ocean and its stories
[+]  P12 Disasters in coastal and maritime environments: problems and challenges
[+]  P13 To each seaport its 'sertão': processes of cultural and social construction of hinterland spaces throughout the Lusophone Atlantic (19-20th centuries) 
[+]  P14 Archipelagos, islands and shores: history of land use and urban planning in the fifteen and sixteen century Atlantic world
[+]  P15 Pensacola, Florida: 450 years as a coastal frontier
[+]  P16 Accounts on shipwrecks of XVI and XVII centuries: for their characteristics analyzed by multifaceted views
[+]  P17 The sea in contemporary international relations: foreign policy, geopolitics, and the national interest
[+]  P18 Coastal cultural heritage: assets, risks, opportunities
[+]  P19 Coastal communities and climate change governance: knowledge, identities and narratives across public and legal spheres
[+]  P20 The ocean's cultural heritage: research and networking for the development of a UNESCO Chair
[+]  P21 Historical uses of the ocean and shores: natural resources and patterns of exploitation
[+]  P22 The ocean in the Middle Ages: practices, imaginary and representations
[+]  P23 The eye of the beholder: historical and ethnohistorical data in the study of past maritime communities
[+]  P24 Building cultures in Portuguese coastal cities (15th to early 20th centuries): knowledge, forms, people, materials, rules and techniques
[+]  P25 Sea-Ports and Trade Networks in Maritime Asia (1500-1800)
[+]  P26 Old Goa: the city/port as a place of encounter and cross-cultural exchanges, shaping identities, urban spaces and built-up heritage
[+]  P27 Port cities, shipwrecks and maritime cultural landscapes.
[+]  P28 Poster session
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