The Frank Broeze Prize has been awarded to Dr Lisa Hellman

Due to the postponement of the IMHA’s conference, where the winner of the Frank Broeze Prize is usually announced, the Executive Board has decided to announce the winner now.

Professor Frank Broeze was one of the leading maritime historians of his generation. In his honour, the International Maritime History Association has instituted the Frank Broeze Prize to be awarded to the author of a doctoral thesis which, in the opinion of the panel, makes the most outstanding contribution to the study of maritime history. The panel applied the following criteria in deciding the winner of the prize:

  • Contribution to knowledge and understanding of the maritime past;
  • Originality of approach, source material and/or findings;
  • Depth and coherence of argument;
  • Choice and application of methodology;
  • Presentational and stylistic quality.

The judging panel comprised:

Malcolm Tull, Murdoch University (Chair)

Maria Fusaro, University of Exeter

Gelina Harlaftis, University of Crete

Ingo Heidbrink , Old Dominion University

Graeme Milne, University of  Liverpool.

There were eleven applicants for the Prize. The theses were a mix between ‘traditional’ and innovative/interdisciplinary approaches and the judges found all were of a high quality. This impressive research by young scholars bodes well for the future of maritime historiography.

The winner of the Frank Broeze Prize for the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Maritime History 2020 is Lisa Hellman for her thesis, ‘Navigating the Foreign Quarters. Everyday life of the Swedish East India Company employees in Canton and Macao 1730-1830’. The judges commented on the “lucid, wide-ranging and interdisciplinary analysis. Interesting structure. Impressive range of languages and historiographies seamlessly blended into a coherent and nuanced analysis”; “Intriguing analysis of cultural exchanges in treaty port life, based on an impressive multi-lingual archive base. Effectively argued and presented”.

Lisa was the first PhD student in maritime history at the Centre for Maritime Studies (CEMAS), Stockholm University. She was supervised by Professor Leos Mϋller and Professor Leif Runefelt from CEMAS. Lisa is currently a Researcher at the Graduate School of Global Intellectual History, Freie Universität Berlin/Uppsala University.

The Frank Broeze Prize carries with it a cash award of €500 and free registration at the Eighth International Congress of Maritime History in Porto, Portugal, 2021.

Due to the overall high quality of the theses submitted, the Executive Board decided to award the runners-up one year’s free membership of the IMHA.

Latest issue of IJMH, November 2019, has been published

It includes a list of interesting articles and research notes:

Oscar Schiavone, Luca Martini (1547–61): A case study in the military administration and commercial exploitation of the northern Tyrrhenian in the Renaissance

Fernando Jorge Cruz Mouta, Por Virtud del Asiento: The naval logistics of the slave trade to the Spanish Indies (1604-1624)

Joseph Gibbs, The brevity and severity of ‘Golden Age’ piracy trials

Peter Hobbins, Anne Clarke, Ursula K Frederick, Born on the voyage: Inscribing emigrant communities in the twilight of sail

Samuel Andriessen, The Battle of the Atlantic: The environmental front of World War II

Isabel Campbell, A re-assessment of the Royal Canadian Navy’s 1948 northern voyages into Hudson Bay and its place in oceanographic research

Martin Eriksson, Beyond economic policy: The post-war expansion of ice-breaking in Sweden from a small state perspective

Ulf Brunnbauer, Andrew Hodges, The long hand of workers’ ownership: Performing transformation in the Uljanik Shipyard in Yugoslavia/Croatia, 1970-2018

Omer Ali Ibrahim, Sufian Eltayeb Mohamed Abdel- Gadir, Sonal Devesh, The potential of foreign direct investment (FDI) as a means of developing ports: Evidence from Oman

Patrick J. Klinger, Herring politics: Northern Scotland’s herring fishing industry, 1660-1707

News from the Centre of Maritime History Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

The research group of the Centre of Maritime History carries out research projects funded by European, national and private projects. Its flagship is the project “Seafaring Lives in Transition, Mediterranean Maritime Labour and Shipping, 1850s-1920s (SeaLiT)”, a European Research Council – Starting Grant 2016 with Dr Apostolos Delis as its Principal Investigator. The project SeaLiT is funded by the European Research Council for 60 months, is at its third year with the expected deadline at January 2022. Currently, most of the team members have completed the collection of data and are in an advanced stage of insertion of data in customized databases (FastCat) created by the project’s partner Center of Cultural Informatics (CCI) of the Institute for Computer Sciences / FORTH. Furthermore, the CCI has created an advanced system of correction and enhancement of data (FastCatTeam) in order to proceed further to the mapping of data to the semantic schema.
Furthermore, in the following October the third SeaLiT Workshop will take place in Genoa, organized by the project’s partner NAVLAB of the University of Genoa. In the same month another workshop organized by the CCI with topic “Semantic networks and History” will take place in Heraklion, at FORTH premises and the PI of the project Apostolos Delis will participate with George Bruseker and Martin Doerr, coordinators of CCI.
Finally, one paper is already published in the context of this project, by Xavier Daumalin and Olivier Raveux, «La marine marchande marseillaise en transition énergétique (1831-1851). Origines et enjeux d’un choix socio-écosystémique», Cahiers de la Méditerranée, n° 97-décembre 2018, p. 223-239 and two more papers are submitted by Apostolos Delis, for two collective volumes, one entitled «L’introduction de la navigation à vapeur en Grèce au XIXe siècle», for the Les outils de l’activité portuaire, Fabien Bartolotti, Gilbert Buti , Xavier Daumalin and Olivier Raveux (eds) and another entitled “The advent of steam navigation in Greece in the nineteenth century” for the Greek History Steaming ahead, Katerina Galani and Alexandra Papadopoulou (eds).

Call for papers – North Atlantic Fisheries History Association (NAFHA)

North Atlantic Fisheries History Association (NAFHA)

Call for Papers (CfP)

NAFHA Conference October 17th -19th , 2019

University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Re-visiting Fisheries History – Re-visiting Iceland

The introduction of the 200nm Exclusive Economic Zone off Iceland in 1976 was one of the most important turning points in the history of the North Atlantic fisheries. While it stimulated the fishing industries of coastal nations, it precipitated the decline of the distant-water fisheries of north-west Europe. Some four decades on, the long-term consequences of this pivotal event are not yet fully understood.

The North Atlantic Fisheries History Association (NAFHA) was founded in 1995 at a conference held in Iceland. It has since published a major two-volume History of the North Atlantic Fisheries, as well as the proceedings of fourteen conferences organized by NAFHA in all the major fishing nations fringing the North Atlantic. The Association has decided that in 2019 it will hold another conference in Iceland, the primary aim of which is to assess and explain what has happened to the fisheries, fish trade and fish stocks since the advent of the EEZs.

Researchers are invited to submit proposals for conference papers that explore themes such as the growth of industrial fish processing in the former distant-water fishing nations, the expansion of fish exports in the coastal nations, international trade agreements and tariffs for fish and fish products, changes in fish consumption patterns in an age of overfishing, and evolving attitudes towards managing and sustaining the resources of the ocean. Proposals for papers dealing with earlier epochs are also invited, so long as they contribute to a broader understanding of the post-1976 fisheries by offering contrasting perspectives or comparative analyses based on historical studies of past fisheries.

Proposals should comprise the title and abstract of the paper (400 words maximum), as well as the name, contact details and brief biography (200 words maximum) of the author and should be submitted in one pdf or word file to prior to May 31st 2019 to.

A limited number of travel bursaries and conference fee-waivers are available to enable PhD students with no institutional funding to present papers. Applications for a bursary should be clearly indicated on the paper proposal, and accompanied by a letter of support from the supervisor of the doctoral project.

Deadline for proposals:   May 31st 2019

8TH IMHA International Congress of Maritime History


The Organizing Committee appointed by the International Maritime History Association invites proposals for panels and papers to be presented at IMHA’s 8th International Congress of Maritime History in Porto, to be hosted by CITCEM – U. PORTO (Transdisciplinary Research Centre Culture, Space and Memory – University of Porto) on June 30 – July 03, 2020.

The main theme will be “Old and New Uses of the Oceans”, and the aim is to investigate the many aspects of the relationship between humans and the oceans. We sail the surface of the oceans, harvest their resources, and exploit the minerals on and under the ocean floor. The oceans are also used as inspiration, for literature and other forms of art, and they shape relations among humans – both distant and close ones.

As with previous congresses, ICMH8 adopts a broad concept of maritime history, treating it as an interdisciplinary field that covers all historical periods and areas and all aspects of humankind’s relationship with the sea.
Papers will be welcome on a wide range of research areas reflecting people and their activities and interest in, on, around and under the waters of the world. The Organizing Committee also welcomes proposals for full panels and roundtables.

The Congress theme provides opportunities for researchers to share their work with colleagues in their various areas of interest and with researchers in adjoining fields.

Participants are invited to submit a short proposal in English indicating the scope of their intended paper, panel or roundtable, plus short biographical notes for all prospective participants.

Papers from the Congress will be considered for publication by the International Maritime History Association in its International Journal of Maritime History.

The official website of the Congress is