King’s Maritime History Seminars 2024

Until 23 May 2024

Online Seminar

King’s Maritime History Seminars 2024

King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2024

The King’s Maritime History Seminar is hosted by the ‘Laughton Naval Unit’ and the ‘Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War’ in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.  It is organised by the British Commission for Maritime History (www.maritimehistory.org.uk) in association with the Society for Nautical Research (https://snr.org.uk/). 



11 January 2024

The Peter Davies Memorial Lecture

The Question of Maritime Child Labour after the First World War

Jari Ojala, University of Jyväskylä


25 January 2024

Canadian Pacific's three Empresses of Britain in literary, visual and material culture

Faye Hammill, University of Glasgow


8 February 2024

‘For want of System’: The birth of amphibious doctrine in the Seven Years War

Andrew Young, King’s College London


22 February 2024 : FREE TALK at 5.15pm, Kings College, London.

Rewriting Women into Maritime History: visibilising diverse histories and futures, 1700-2023

Dr Jo Stanley, Blaydes Maritime Centre, University of Hull

Pioneering captains. Under-sung port workers. Atypical seagoing mums. The history of maritime women is wide-ranging and their historiography has been sparse.  Since 2023 Lloyd's Register Foundation's Heritage and Education Centre is giving the subject a new filip, including the She_Sees exhibition at the International Maritime Organisation HQ in September 2023 and the related online feast at https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/rewriting-women-into-maritime-history. In her personal capacity as an Editorial Board consultant for this ongoing project, Jo will use images and cartoons, to reveal this acclaimed initiative, its contexts and its role in enhancing diverse maritime historiography.

Dr Jo Stanley FRHistS (Blaydes Maritime Centre, University of Hull) is a leading writer about the history of gender and diversity on ships.  Her books include Women in the Royal Navy (2017); From Cabin "Boys" to Captains: 250 years of women at sea (2016); and (with Paul Baker)  Hello Sailor! The Hidden History of Homosexuality at Sea (2003, 2015).   She contributes to social media at http://genderedseas.blogspot.com and on LinkedIn.

Join the guestlist – Rewriting Women into Maritime History: visibilising diverse histories and futures, 1700-2023 – Dockrill Room, Strand Campus, Strand, London, Thu 22 Feb 2024 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM (tickettailor.com)


7 March 2024

Interplay of Empires: The Quest for Influence in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean

Cemal Atabaş, Marmara University, Istanbul


21 March 2024   Note:  This session will be delivered entirely online.

The Coal Black Sea: Winston Churchill and the Biggest Naval Catastrophe of the First World War

Stuart Heaver, Journalist and Author


25 April 2024

Ship of State? Regionalism and Cold War Soft Power aboard La France

Claire O’Mahony, University of Oxford


9 May 2024

The Ordered Sea: Naval Diplomacy in the Mediterranean, 1815-1911

Erik de Lange, King’s College London


23 May 2024

The Post-Napoleonic Employment of Former Warships in the British Southern Whale Fishery, 1815-1845

Julie Papworth and Roger Dence, King’s College London


Seminar location and registration

The King’s Maritime History Seminars for 2024 will continue as hybrid events which means that they may be attended in person or online (with the exception of the entirely online event on 21 March).

As always, attendance is free and open to all. 

To take part, you must register by visiting the KCL School of Security Studies Events page, here:  https://www.kcl.ac.uk/security-studies/events . 

Those of you attending the regular seminars online will receive instructions shortly before the event, by email, about how to join. Otherwise, we will meet in person, as usual, in the Dockrill Room, K6.07, at King’s College London. Papers will begin at 17:15 GMT. 

For further information contact Dr Alan James, War Studies, KCL, WC2R 2LS (alan.2.james@kcl.ac.uk).