We welcome proposals for this international conference on the health and welfare of seafarers.
The conference will be held at the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull, 30 Jan.-1 Feb. 2014.
In the past, the welfare needs of seagoing workers were commonly regarded as being distinctive. In the preamble of the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 they are still described as ‘special’.
What these needs were or might be, how they have been and are perceived, how they have been met, by whom, and with what results are all profitable areas for discussion. The conference seeks to bring historians together with current practitioners and stakeholders to explore issues of common interest, not least the historical antecedents and contexts of current welfare issues and provision.
We are keen to adopt broad definitions of health and welfare, including, but not limited to, physical, emotional, social, financial and religious aspects. Contributions might consider experiences afloat and ashore, among all people who work at sea or who depend upon them. International and interdisciplinary proposals are particularly welcome, as are those from postgraduate researchers.
Paper Proposals (25-30 mins.). Please email a short proposal (max. 300 words) and CV or short biography to Dr Richard Gorski (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 September 2013.
Poster Proposals. In addition to a traditional Call for Papers, proposals are invited for a Poster Session. Posters are particularly suited to showcasing early stage research in an informal and interactive format. Please submit a brief proposal (max. 150 words) and CV or short biography to Dr Richard Gorski (email@example.com) by 1 September 2013.
If you would like to discuss possible topics before submitting a proposal, please get in touch at the same address. Registration details will be publicised later in 2013.
Maritime Historical Studies Centre
University of Hull
6 High Street
Hull HU1, 1HA
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