Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Conference Program: “Port Cities in the Modern World”

Detail, Peter Cooper, "The South East Prospect of the City of Philadelphia," ca. 1720. (The earliest painting of a North American city.) Gift of George Mifflin Dallas; The Library Company of Philadelphia
The conference "Port Cities in the Modern World, 1500-1800" will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 5-7, 2015. According to the organizers,
Port cities rose to occupy a critical space, mediating between their own hinterlands and an oceanic world of circulation and exchange. Highly local institutions and networks influenced and reacted to global networks and the movements of people, goods, fashions, ideas, and pathogens. This conference explores comparisons and connections among ports in the age of sail. Through broadly comparative papers and revealing case studies this conference provides a forum to explore comparisons and contrasts, diversity and congruence, competition and emulation, among far-flung port cities on a global scale.
The program for the meeting has now been posted. Information about registration and accommodations can be found on the conference website; questions should be directed to Cathy Matson.
    The conference is co-sponsored by Temple University, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the Library Company of Philadelphia's Program in Early American Economy and Society.