Conference at the National Maritime Museum

Thursday to Saturday, 13-15 September 2018

To mark the opening of its new exploration wing in September 2018, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, invites proposals for papers centred on the role and significance of memory in histories of maritime exploration.  Over the last few decades maritime exploration in its broadest sense has become one of the most exciting fields of study, with researchers from many different disciplinary backgrounds enriching, questioning and reinterpreting the subject for contemporary audiences. Increasingly, indigenous voices are challenging long-held assumptions and introducing a greater complexity to histories of encounter, exchange and the legacies of exploration. At the same time contemporary artists and writers are re-imagining exploration for new audiences. This conference is intended to consider maritime exploration from the equally vibrant perspective of memory studies.  Presentations will focus on the history, poetics, and material and visual culture of exploration, exploring how these have changed over the years and what their legacies have been, and continue to be.

Suggested themes for the conference to explore include: interactions between historical accounts and cultural representations of exploration; remembering first encounters; exploration, public history and memorialization; exploration, art and culture; material culture and the collection of objects and their competing meanings; the poetics of exploration: literature, photography, film and drama; narrating ‘difficult’ histories.

Proposals of no more than one side of A4 and a brief biography should be sent to:

Lizelle de Jager, Research Executive, National Maritime Museum, London SE10 9NF

E-mail ldejager@rmg.co.uk; telephone 0208 312 6716

Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2017