Call for Papers International Conference « Ports and War »

IHC[1][14]*Dates*: 11-12 December 2014 |

*Venue*: OPorto

*Organization*: Ports and Port City Group. Institute of Contemporary
History (IHC-FCSH/UNL) and Institute of Space Dynamics (IDE-FCSH/UNL).

*Organizing Committee*: Maria Fernanda Rollo, João Figueira de Sousa,
Margarida Schiappa, Tânia Vicente, Yvette Santos

Interfaces between land and sea, it is wide the network of relationships
that in the ports and from them is established with politics, society,
economy, the internal market, circuits, communications and international
trade routes.

Port evolution can and must be understood within its context and in all its
dimensions. Considering ports, since their inception, as a part of social
and economic change, we are faced with both a product and a producer of
that same change, with an increasing importance that develops itself
alongside the complexity of relations between societies.

Ports are a key element in a war context. They are essential in military
strategy, fundamental in terms of defense, essential for entry and exit of
passengers, combatants and refugees, key elements in the process of
importing and exporting materials and products, therefore, absolutely
crucial in a context of a World war. Of their equipping,of their conditions
of berthing,of the depth of its waters,  organization and organic, of the
existence of warehouses and depots, and of the preparation of its
infrastructures, depends the effectiveness and efficiency of its
functioning and operability.

The aim of this conference is to promote the share of knowledge and of
ongoing investigations and promote a multidisciplinary debate on the
problematic of "Ports and War", considering the diversity and complexity of
emerging international and domestic contexts in war situations, taking in
consideration the multiple relationships and interdependencies between
spaces and the key role played by port activity and the way in which it
influenced the profile of ongoing conflicts.

But it also aims to understand the impact caused by wars in the ports
sector, and understand how, in its aftermath, the weaknesses and strengths
of ports were assessed and answers to problems and constraints identified
in the sector were programmed. Port activities are otherwise closely
related to economic and social actors both from private and public spheres,
that boost these areas, and it is therefore essential to understand the
transformations that war perpetrate upon on these actors.

The historical evolution of ports in a context of war, is a particularly
rich subject, to the extent that closes in itself facts, curiosities and
fundamental reflections for a true understanding of the port sector. In
this context, it is essential to understand the relationships, dynamics,
changes, disruptions and problems arising between ports, the war, the
logical management of the war effort, and the postwar. And the way these
realities of conflict (World Wars, Colonial Wars - neutral countries /
belligerent countries) act upon ports, analysis that includes dimensions as
its own representativity.

Adopting a multi-disciplinary analysis, which summons several scientific
approaches that do not exhaust themselves in the historical analysis,
proposal selection will be oriented by the purpose of ensuring the highest
quality, diversity and originality of the works.

Proposals will be accepted framed by the following topics (without
disadvantage of acceptance of proposals devoted to other topics):

- Port-Policies

- War / Post-war effort (logistics, infrastructure, etc.)

- Merchant Navy / War Navy

- Port-city relations in a war context

- Actors / Stakeholders

- Trade and foreign relations

- Refugees and passengers

- Technology / Innovation

- Heritage

- Underwater-archeology,

- Representation (arts, cinema, press, media)

Communications will be no more than 20 minutes and might be delivered
either in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Paper proposals should be submitted in 500 words abstract, three keywords
and title of the papers. Interest researchers should attach also a brief
biographical note (200 words), together with details of institutional
affiliation and contact details of the author (email and phone).

Proposals should be sent by email to:

For further information see:

*Submission of proposals*:  15th of June 2014.

*Notification of accepted proposals*: 10th of July 2014.
*Disclosure of the Program*: 15th of October 2014

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