International meeting

The Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH as part of the ERC STG 2016 'Seafaring Lives in Transition. Mediterranean Maritime Labor and Shipping during Globalization, 1850s-1920s', is organizing the first international meeting on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October in the lecture hall of IMS, Nick. Foka 130, in Rethymnon.

During the seminar, researchers from the Universities of Barcelona, ​​Genoa, Aix-Marseilles and Crete, will discuss research approaches to Mediterranean and Black Sea shipping issues. The keynote address of the meeting will be on Friday 6 October at 20.00 by Professor Gopalan Balachandran of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, on "Sailors beyond the Seas and the Seas: Modern Seafarers in History and Society".


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Seafaring Lives Getting on Board

First Workshop of the ERC Starting Grant 2016 project

Seafaring Lives in Transition. Mediterranean Maritime Labour and Transport during Globalization,1850s-1920s

Rethymno, 6-7 October 2017

Friday 6 October

16.30 Welcome on board by Prof. Gelina Harlaftis (Director IMS) and by Dr Apostolos Delis (PI of the project) and introductory presentation of the 'SeaLiT'.


Session I: 17.00-19.00 Seafaring Lives in the Western Mediterranean

Chair: Anna Sydorenko

Jordi Ibarz Gelabert (University of Barcelona) & Enric Garcia Domingo (University of Barcelona/Maritime Museum of Barcelona), Sources for the study of the Maritime Community in Barcelona (1850-1930)

Luca Lo Basso (University of Genoa/NAVLAB), Fonti per lo studio della navigazione in Liguria nell'età della trasformazione (secc. XIX-XX): il caso di Genova

Paolo Calcagno (University of Genoa/NAVLAB), Fonti per lo studio della navigazione in Liguria nell'età della trasformazione (secc. XIX-XX): il caso di Savona

Olivier Raveux, (TELEMME/CNRS/University Aix-Marseille), Les mécaniciens des navires à vapeur du port de Marseille (1831-1864) : apparition d'un métier et construction d'une profession maritime


Coffee Break


20.00 Keynote Lecture

Gopalan Balachandran (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

Sailors beyond ships and seas: modern seafarers in history and society


Saturday 7 October

Session II: 10.00 -12.00 Seafaring Lives in the Central-Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea

Chair: Enric Garcia Domingo

Katerina Galani (IMS/FORTH) & Apostolos Delis (IMS/FORTH), Maritime communities in transition; A typical case study and the antiparadigm: strength and weaknesses

Anna Sydorenko (IMS/FORTH), Maritime Odessa: what do archives tell us?

Erica Mezzoli (IMS/FORTH), Nautical Training in a Changing Scenario: Upper and Eastern Adriatic in the Second Half of the 19th Century. A Plan of Research

Dimitra Samiou (Independent Researcher), The private records of a shipowner's family of Andros (1920-1960): managing to make history from bits and pieces

Lunch break

Session III: 14.00-16.00 Young Seafarers on Board

Chair: Luca Lo Basso

Eduard Page Campos (University of Barcelona), The historical and spatial configuration of an urban-maritime community: the case of Barceloneta (1753-1857)

Leonardo Scavino (University of Genoa/NAVLAB), Sources for the study of a seafaring community: the case of Camogli (1850s-1920s)

Kalliopi (Popi) Vasilaki (University of Crete/IMS-FORTH), The maritime communities of the French Mediterranean (1850-1920): main research questions

Alkis Kapokakis (University of Crete/IMS-FORTH), Some preliminary aspects of maritime labour in Greece, 1830-1920


Coffee Break

Session IV: 16.30-18.30 Cultural Informatics and History

Chair: Katerina Galani

Martin Doerr (Centre for Cultural Informatics/ICS/FORTH), Opportunities and challenges of historical research with integrated information management

Korina Doerr (Centre for Cultural Informatics/ICS/FORTH) & George Bruseker (Centre for Cultural Informatics/ICS/FORTH), The SeaLiT Information Management Strategy

Korina Doerr, Kostas Petrakis (Centre for Cultural Informatics/ICS/FORTH), FastCat Quick Manual Digitization System Tutorial

19.00 Round Table

Organizing Committee:

Katerina Stathi

Apostolos Delis

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 714437).

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