The construction of early modern global Cities and oceanic networks in the Atlantic: An approach via Ocean’s Cultural Heritage
H2020- MSCA-RISE-2017 CONCHA PROJECT nº 777998
CONCHA is a multidisciplinary project that employs methodologies from different disciplines to address its main objectives. Relying on history, environmental history, art history, literature, terrestrial and subaquatic archaeology, digital humanities, science communication and environmental awareness, this is a very novel approach of constructing dialogues among disciplines that normally do not cross.
In this project we expect to bring together cultures, history and heritage of different geographic locations in the Atlantic, focused on the creation of new human geographies and frontiers resulting from early modern transatlantic interactions, including those established across Atlantic latitudinal coasts and those created across the hemispheres. Instead of aggregating a few discrete European histories and several regional histories of European, African, and Amerindian peoples, the project takes an integrative or global approach to construct a truly oceanic history.
CONCHA’s main goal is to address the different ways that port cities developed around the Atlantic from the late 15th to the early 18th century in relation to differing global, regional, and local ecological and economic environments.
This analysis will be framed around a distinction between two separate navigational systems that existed in the Atlantic during the age of sail (1400-1800): the equatorial and the North Atlantic passages. CONCHA aims to produce an Atlantic history of seaports in which the ocean – its ecosystems and species – is included as a dynamic player.
CONCHA analyses the history of seaports using historical data as well as geomorphologic, environmental, and archaeological studies. As case studies, it uses different locations in Northern Europe, North America, Iberia, the Atlantic archipelagos, Brazil and Colombia, which were central nodes in the circulation of people, resources, and knowledge in the early modern Atlantic world.
Academically, one purpose of CONCHA is to provide, through academic exchange and participation in research missions, highly specialized training to senior and junior scholars and technicians from the different institutions and countries involved in the project.
Another important objective of CONCHA is to develop historical knowledge for heritage purposes. Besides organizing academic workshops and publications, therefore, CONCHA aims to educate by involving the public in historical research by offering lecture series and exhibitions, and by assisting public institutions in the development of heritage conservation and tourism.
Specific objectives of CONCHA are: