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Ports and Harbours: The Convergence of Water, Land, and Humanity.

Annual Conference, 18-19 August 2022

Call for Papers

In response to the rising tide of the pandemic, the CNRS/Scrn will find refuge from the viral storm in the virtual harbour of video conferencing software for an online conference on Thursday and Friday, 18-19 August 2022. We invite proposals for twenty-minute presentations devoted to ports and harbours, those places where human activity interacts with rivers, lakes, and oceans. Topics could include:

  • Involvement of Indigenous Peoples with waterfronts and waterways
  • Public works that reshape shorelines and create watercourses to accommodate navigation, commerce, industry, recreation, and residential communities through dredging and constructing breakwaters, docks, quays, canals, and locks
  • Port operations, including planning, technologies for intermodal cargo handling, stevedoring, and security
  • Shipowners, shipping companies, and the businesses that support their vessels
  • Waterfront industries, such as shipbuilding and ship breaking, salvage and ship repair, and storage of cargo with a toxic legacy such as petrochemicals and coal
  • Waterfronts at war: the impact of military requirements for defence, coastal patrols by sea and air, convoys, and troop transportation
  • Waterfronts as places of quarantine and disease management
  • The redevelopment of commercial and industrial waterfront properties for residential and recreational purposes, including environmental remediation of land and water, naturalization of hard edges, and opportunities for archaeological discoveries
  • Maritime labour and the services that sustain their bodies and souls

Proposals on other maritime topics from all time periods are also welcome. We invite interdisciplinary proposals from speakers who will contribute to the diversification of our discussions and community. Presenters must be members of the CNRS/Scrn by the time of the conference. Memberships are available at rates starting at $30 CAD, $25 CAD for students and early career researchers. Please visit out membership page.

Submissions should be sent to Michael Moir, conference moderator, and should include the presenter's name, affiliation (optional), title of the presentation, an abstract of 250 words or less, and a biographical note of 100 words or less. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, 20 March 2022.

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