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Saturday 22nd November

10am – 5pm


This event will bring together researchers, local cultural institutions, and the wider public for a series of talks, workshops, and hands-on activities around the theme of The Sea. We’ll be considering everything from pirates to shipwrecks to sound and the sea.

As a port city, Southampton has a long history of interaction with the sea and the industries surrounding it. This event will be an opportunity for the public to learn about and engage with innovative research on the sea across space and time.

The event is free and the Avenue Campus café will be open for visitors to purchase light refreshments.

In addition to the core talks, there will be some children’s activities from 12-3pm and an interactive exhibition. There will be a maritime archaeology ‘meet the experts’ drop-in room through the afternoon and several CMA members will be giving ‘core talks’ (including Julian Whitewright discussing ‘Shipwrecks of the Solent’, Fraser Sturt talking on ‘Living with Environmental Change’ and Jesse Ransley ‘Building backwater boats: mud, sewing and other stories’)

SeaCity Museum in Southampton will also be hosting some ‘Sea and Me’ activities as part of the day (entry fee to the museum applies).

There’s more info and the full programme for the day here or you can find out more from The Sea and Me team on twitter @theseaandme2014.

This event is part of the Being Human Festival, led by the School of Advanced Studies and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

To book your place, please go to:



The Sea and Me: Public Event 22nd Nov

Jesse Ransley

My work centres on ethnographies of seafaring and oceans, particularly of the Indian Ocean past and present. I study the history and material culture of south Asian seafaring - from traditional boatbuilding and watery landscapes to lascars and piracy (and the politics and ethics of maritime archaeological heritage management). I am interested in the embodied knowledges of seafaring, the materiality and temporality of oceans and the larger philosophical question of how we imagine and understand maritime space. Or, as it was recently put to me: 'you do bodies on boats, don't you?' Which is definitely true. Boats. People. Water.

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