Events and Media

American Historical Association Annual Meeting

Philadelphia PA January 2023

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I am pleased to be a panel for the flagship history conference in the United States, pending adequate funding to attend (applications in progress). Convened by Boyd Cothran (York University, Toronto), our panel is titled “Maritime Microhistory and Public History: Global Perspectives.” The program will likely not be up until the fall, when it will be available here.

North American Society for Oceanic History Annual Conference,

Wilmington NC, June 2022

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I was pleased to present for the third time at NASOH’s Annual Conference; it’s awfully convenient when a conference happens to be in your own hometown! (It’s also cheap!)

I gave a talk on Book 2, A Boston Schooner in the Royal Navy, 1768–1772: Commerce and Conflict in Maritime British America, which is now under contract and should be out in the spring of 2023; see the Work-In-Progress tab for updates.

Among other presentations, of particular interest to me was Prof. Lynn Harris‘s; she has been investigating cargoes coming in and out of North Carolina’s ports in the late eighteenth century. I believe that serious maritime history of colonial North Carolina is both important and neglected, so I am keen to see the results of this work.

Thanks to NASOH for including me.

National Coalition of Independent Scholars, special program

Online, June 2022

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NCIS was kind enough to award me their Eisenstein Essay Prize for my “Conveyance and Commodity” chapter in Cultural Economies of the Atlantic World (see Publications tab). They invited me to give a Zoom talk about my work to our international membership,which I did a couple Saturdays ago. NCIS has also supported me with funding for research expenses, for which I am grateful.

If you are an “independent scholar” meaning, you are credentialed and engage in original scholarship, but are not employed full-time by an institution, do consider joining NCIS; it is growing, and doing good things to help make independent scholarship more viable in a system most certainly not set up for it.

Society for the History of Technology-History of Science Society Joint Annual Conference

August 2021

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I was pleased to convene and present in the “Technical Expertise and Doing History” round-table discussion—at the Society for the History of Technology and History of Science Society Joint Annual Conference online

Ben Franklin’s World

August 2021

I was thrilled to be the featured guest historian on Episode 309 of Ben Franklin’s World, the Early American history podcast, released on Tuesday, 17 August, 2021. The episode is now available for download, and available wherever you get your podcasts, as well as on its own app, available in the Google Play and Apple stores. Host Liz Covart and I discuss ideas and information from my book, The Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600–1800 (see below). The podcast’s website is here.

Ep 309 on the home page 17 Aug 21

New Books Network podcast

I spoke with Mark Klobas recently for the New Books in History Podcast (New Books Network). Our conversation is now available–here is the link (will open in a new window). You can also listen in your favorite podcast app.

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Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Risk and Uncertainty in the Premodern World Seminar Series
“Rational Strategies for Managing Maritime Risk in the Early Modern Atlantic”
Thursday, 11 November 2021

Maritime Studies Research Unit, Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland
“The Sailing Ship as Early Modern Technology:
Understanding the Maritime Environment in Its Own Time,” online presentation
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

CBC Radio Newfoundland and Labrador: On the Go with Ted Blades
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Radio interview
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Society for the History of Technology Annual Conference
Union Station, Texas Special room
St. Louis MO
Friday, 12 October 2018, 3:30 p.m.
“Pre-Modern Technological and Economic Innovation,” Session 29

City of Alexandria/Friends of Alexandria Archaeology
The Lyceum
Alexandria VA
Sunday, 22 October 2017, 7 p.m.
“The Ship IS the Treasure: Why Alexandria’s 18th-Century Ship is Important”

East Carolina University Program in Maritime Studies 35th Anniversary Alumni Conference
Greenville NC
Friday, 27 October 2017, 10 a.m.
“Walking the Walk: Reflections on Doing Maritime History from a True Believer”

North American Society for Oceanic History Annual Conference
Charleston SC
Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 9 a.m.
“British Atlantic Merchant Ships, 1600—1800: An Agenda for Further Research”

North American Society for Oceanic History Annual Conference
Monterey CA
Friday, 15 May 2015, 9 a.m.
“The Time Machine? Using Replica Analysis to Understand Merchant Ships and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1600–1800”