Maritime Spaces, Shows, and the Nineteenth-Century City

Maritime Spaces is a one-day conference taking place on Friday 12 April 2019 at University College Cork.

Free registration via Eventbrite is now open here.

If you would like to attend the conference dinner at La Dolce Vita, please sign up here.


Registration on the day will begin at 9am, for a 9:25 start, with:

Introductions Joanna Hofer-Robinson and Oskar Cox Jensen

Maritime Heritage (a brief overview) Claire Connolly

Keynote One Clare Pettitt, KCL, Marinarama: News, Shows, and Shipwrecks


Panel One: Afloat

– Mary Isbell, Sites of Performance in Ports of the British Empire

– Eavan O’Dochartaight, Searching the Frozen Seas: Arctic Entertainments and Early Virtual Reality in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Ireland

– Eleanor Shipton, ‘On board a monster steamer’: Travel Aboard the Mail-Packet in Nineteenth-Century Literature


Panel Two: Ashore

– Delphine Gatehouse, Maps and The Mill on the Floss: Reconfiguring the Relationship between Flatlands and the Sea

– Kate Hodgson, Cité de l’indépendance: Revolutionary Gonaïves in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World

– Alexander Scott, ‘Robinson Crusoe Modernised’: Literature, Performance and Victorian Liverpool as ‘Contact Zone’


Keynote Two Graeme Milne, Liverpool, Sailortown: Entanglement and performance on the nineteenth-century waterfront

Open Discussion*

Drinks Reception, Dinner, and Participatory Play-Reading

* The Roundtable provides space for discussion of a new research network: the Irish Network for Nineteenth-Century Studies (INNS). There is currently no interdisciplinary research network for scholars in Ireland who research the nineteenth century across a variety of geographical and cultural contexts. INNS aims to:

  1. Emphasise and disseminate interdisciplinary research by offering fora for the presentation of new work
  2. Facilitate networking opportunities between Irish scholars and international colleagues
  3. Explore avenues to develop future collaborative activities via the network (including publications, public impact, and potential funding applications)

Maritime Spaces, Shows, and the Nineteenth-Century City will offer delegates opportunities to discuss:

– What kinds of events would be most useful to the network’s members in future, and how to ensure the sustainability of regular events

– What other forms of collaboration or networking could be enabled by INNS?

– Who will be elected to the board, and in what capacities?

If you are not able to attend the conference but are interested in getting involved/joining the INNS mailing list, please contact Joanna Hofer-Robinson


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