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Oceanica – Newsletter of the UNESCO Chair “The Ocean’s Cultural Heritage”

n. 8 (May, 2018)


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Email for sending information, news and suggestions oceanheritage.news@fcsh.unl.pt


CONCHA 1st Workshop «Crossing seas, Rising islands, Connecting people»

Call for papers is now open. Deadline for submission is May 14 2018.

Proposals should be sent to concha.meetings@gmail.com here

CONCHA Project

It was recently approved the application made to the European Programme MSCA-RISE. The project “CONCHA: The construction of early modern global Cities and oceanic networks in the Atlantic: An approach via Ocean’s Cultural Heritage”, is chaired by Prof. João Paulo Oliveira e Costa and coordinated by Cristina Brito (CHAM / NOVA FCSH—UAc). This is a researcher’s exchange project that joins 11 partner institutions from Europe, Africa and the Americas. It has a duration of 4 years, during which several research, education and scientific dissemination activities are planned. CONCHA is directly connected to the main purposes of the UNESCO Chair The Ocean’s Cultural Heritage. CONCHA’s main goal is to

explain the different ways that port cities developed around the Atlantic from the late 15th and early 16th century in relation to differing global, regional, and local ecological and economic environments.


Imaginaries of the sea: literature, arts and tradition

A critical anthology


Submission of proposals by 31 October 2018


IELT (Institute for Literature and Tradition Studies) is coordinating a critical anthology (literature, oral tradition - tales, legends, proverbs, etc., iconography and fine arts, photography archives, studies) to draw a multi-discursive panorama of the Portuguese maritime imagination between the Middle Ages and the contemporary era. This work is part of its participation in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage of the Oceans.


Call for submissions



It was recently published a report about the contribution of the UNESCO Chairs on education for sustainable development. The report can be read here


International Conference on Environmental Humanities

The Franklin Institute, at the Alcalá University (Spain), is organizing, between July 3 to 6, 2018, the International Conference on Environmental Humanities. Stories, Myths and Arts for Change. The environmental humanities offer a multidisciplinary approach that challenges the traditional division

between human, social and natural sciences. Considering that holistic perspectives are fundamental for finding solutions to the present global changes, this conference aims to contribute to the development of the environmental humanities in Spain. The call for papers is open until January 14.

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Society and the Sea Conference

The University of Greenwich (London, UK) in partnership with the National Maritime is preparing a conference on the values of the ocean and coasts for sustainable development, in September 6 and 7, 2018, at University of Greenwich.

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The NORFISH Project

Poul Holm, from the Trinity College of Dublin, is developing an interesting project on the North Atlantic Fisheries, with the support of the European Research Council (NORFISH). The main purpose is to do an environmental history of this maritime region between 1400 and 1700, analyzing the impacts of fishing increase and the consequences of The Little Ice Age on the marine ecosystems. Through this example, it is sought to understand how people manage global phenomena and climate change, a key issue facing

the challenges of today.

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In the last number of the International Journal of Maritime History there is an article of two researchers of the UNESCO Chair “The Ocean’s Cultural Heritage”. Nina Vieira and Cristina Brito wrote “Brazilian manatees (re)discovered: Early modern accounts reflecting the overexploitation of aquatic

resources and the emergence of conservation concerns”. The article can be read here:









Brochure “What is Underwater Cultural Heritage?” available online






Best practice related to Underwater Cultural Heritage

Following the MSP 4/5 resolution from the fifth session of the State Parties meeting at the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, held on the 28th and 29th April, 2015, the State Parties are invited to provide examples of best practice related to underwater cultural heritage.


The UNESCO Secretariat developed a form for this purpose, to simplify Member States' presentation of these examples. The responses will enable the UNESCO Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (STAB) to draw up an inventory of best practice available to all State Parties at the 2001 Convention.

Form download


E-mail: catedraunesco.oceanos@fcsh.unl.pt