Announcing a two-day international conference at the University of Oxford: ‘Naval Expertise and the Making of the Modern World

To be held at Wolfson College, Oxford on 10th and 11th May 2013.

This conference will explore the generation of expertise – scientific, medical, administrative and technological – in naval contexts and trace how such developments helped to shape the modern world. Situating current research in naval and maritime history within broader inter-disciplinary debates, the conference will examine the role of naval expertise and institutions in historical development.

The major themes of this conference will address naval contributions to four commonly recognised and overlapping features of ‘modernity’:

Globalization; Industrialization; Science and Medicine; the Modern State.

Proposals for individual papers and panels are welcome: more details can be found at

Individual paper proposals should include a 250-word abstract and a short CV; panel proposals should include three paper proposals as above and a chair, with details of affiliations.

Proposals and questions should be sent to: [email protected].
Deadline for submissions is 31 October 2012