Spring 2017 Maritime Events

The Outlaw Ocean: Lawlessness at Sea in Historical Context

Monday, February 20, 4:30pm, Location TBD
The Outlaw Ocean, a recent series in The New York Times by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Urbina, reveals that crime and violence in international waters often goes unpunished. Weaving together the stories of renegades, traffickers, pirates, and polluters, Urbina demonstrates the limits of state authority around the world. But Urbina’s story is not new. Join us as Urbina discusses the historical context for “The Outlaw Ocean,” as well as possible paths forward, with a panel of experts on the history of piracy, irregular warfare at sea, and maritime law.

Troubled Waters: The South China Sea Question

Friday, March 3, 9:00am–3:30pm, 55 Hillhouse Avenue, GM Room
This one-day workshop is open to members of the Yale community. It brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to discuss the ongoing international questions in the South China Sea. Panels will discuss ASEAN’s role in the region, the naval challenges of the South China Sea, and the underlying structures that shape the conflict. If you are interested in attending, please contact ISS’s Associate Director, Dr. Evan Wilson (evan.wilson@yale.edu).

A Time Before Strategy? Tudor and Stuart Naval Policy

Tuesday, March 7, 11:45am, Allwin Hall, Room 108, 31 Hillhouse Avenue
Dr James Davey, Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum, UK, will explore the origins of naval strategy in England and Britain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawing on research conducted for a forthcoming gallery on the Tudor and Stuart navies, Davey will discuss how policy-makers conceived of strategy, and how they saw England and Britain’s place in the world.

In Nelson’s Wake: The Navy and the Napoleonic Wars

Tuesday, March 7, 4:30pm, ISPS, 77 Prospect St., A002
Dr Davey will also speak on the misunderstood significance of the battle of Trafalgar, a topic highlighted in his recent book, In Nelson’s Wake: The Navy and the Napoleonic Wars (Yale, 2015). The Royal Navy’s contribution to the defeat of Napoleon did not, in fact, end in 1805. Join us for a public lecture on an under-appreciated aspect of the Napoleonic Wars.

The Sea is Swinging Into View: Assessing the State of Maritime History

Tuesday, April 11, 11:45am, Allwin Hall, Room 108, 31 Hillhouse Avenue
Glen O’Hara is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Oxford Brookes University and author of, among many other works, Britain and the Sea Since 1600 (Palgrave, 2010). He will discuss the current state of the field of maritime history, including trends in the last fifteen years and prospects for the future.
Watch this space for further updates or contact the Associate Director for more information.