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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

What is a Boat? Materials and Moments Seminar

12 December 2013
University of Southampton Avenue Campus John Wymer Lab Building 65a

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Darko Maricevic on 02380 599092 or email .

Event details

Part of the Archaeology Research Seminar Series

All university staff, undergraduates and members of the public are warmly invited. Undergraduate or postgraduate students who would like to meet any of our guests to discuss their work should contact the organizers, Darko Maricevic and Leif Isaksen. Proposals for future seminar speakers are very welcome.

Speaker information

Dr Jesse Ransley, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southampton,I am a maritime archaeologist with a background in anthropology. I have a particular interest in the Indian Ocean and in the history and material culture of south Asian seafaring. My doctoral research was an ethnographic study of seafaring and boat building in Kerala, south India. It focused on enskilment and the bodily practices involved in building and working with ‘backwater boats'. My new project looks at south Asian seamen working on British vessels in the eighteenth century. It draws on written as well as archaeological sources in the UK, India and Australia. I am currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, but before joining Archaeology, I worked as a maritime archaeologist for English Heritage and for a commercial archaeology unit in the UK. As a result, I have a research interest in maritime heritage management and ethics, and I recently completed a project, funded by English Heritage, to develop a maritime archaeological research agenda for England. I am a member of the Southampton Maritime and Marine Institute and its Indian and Southern Oceans research group. In addition to teaching within Archaeology, I have worked with colleagues in English, History, and Maritime Law to create a module about piracy for the university-wide, curriculum innovation programme.

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