This workshop aims to discuss a variety of perspectives related to the representations and self-representations of maritime communities in the 15th – 19th c. The idea of “maritimeness”, i.e. the combination of natural, economic, social and cultural features that creates the specific link between the community and the marine environment, will be central for the discussion. The purpose is to examine how the communities connected to the sea through labor or any other social link understood and represented this relation and how it could be seen by interested observers.
Both Russia and France have impressive maritime history including that of the naval power, commercial activities and scientific research. However, quite noticeably, both countries historically had no international reputation of maritime superpower like that of Venice, Holland or England. Therefore, during the workshop, specialists of Russian and French maritime history will share their vision of interconnection between the historical reputation and representations. Eventually this will open the way for comparative conclusions.
The workshop is planned as a set of short presentations with intensive sessions of opened discussion.
Langues : anglais et français
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