Australia’s colourful maritime history to capture the world’s attention June 27, 2016 Plagues, pearling and potential invasions are a few of the topics to be discussed at Australia’s biggest ever gathering of international maritime scholars. Murdoch University will host the International Congress of Maritime History, which is the first time the group has ever convened in the Southern Hemisphere. The week-long conference, entitled Old Worlds, New Worlds? Emerging themes in maritime history opens today, Monday 27 June. Key historical topics under discussion at the conference include the extraordinary stories of the migrants, merchants, explorers and invaders who sailed through Western Australian waters over the past centuries. Conference Chair Professor Malcolm Tull, a maritime economist from Murdoch University, said the event provided a key opportunity for Australia. “We are an island nation and so this sort of investigation into maritime history reveals much about our cultural past and helps us understand current issues,” said Professor Tull. “More than 100 international scholars are expected to attend the event, putting the spotlight on the key role of maritime trade and politics in shaping the Indo-Pacific region.” Highlights of the conference include presentations on a secret plot by the Spanish to expel Britain from the Pacific region in 1796, the control of bubonic plague in Fremantle in 1900, and how the maritime world shaped modern China. 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s discovery of Western Australia. To commemorate this event a special issue of the journal The Great Circle will be launched at Kerry Stokes Art Gallery by Dr Arnold Strooback, Honorary Consul, The Kingdom of the Netherlands. A number of Murdoch University researchers will present at the conference, including Professor Jim Warren, Dr Joseph Christensen and Professor Michael Sturma. More information about the conference highlights can be accessed at www.icmh7.com.au. Interested members of the community are welcome to attend the conference, and can register on the conference website. Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Events, Murdoch achievements, History, literature and religion, International, School of Arts Research Tags: arnold strooback, dirk hartog, international congress of maritime history, jim warren, joseph christensen, kerry stokes art gallery, malcolm tull, maritime history, michael sturma, the netherlands Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!