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From 24-26 June 2019, The Problem of Piracy Conference will be taking place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

This three-day interdisciplinary conference seeks to address fundamental “problems” in the study of piracy and maritime predation. This conference will bring together a wide range of postgraduate, early career, and senior researchers who study various aspects of piracy and maritime predation in order to consider the ways in which piracy has been defined, perceived, and approached across chronological, geographical, and disciplinary barriers. Doing so will offer the opportunity to compare and contrast different episodes, interpretations, and observations of piracy and maritime predation from the ancient to the modern period.

Two keynote speakers have been confirmed for the conference: Professor Claire Jowitt (University of East Anglia) and Professor David J. Starkey (University of Hull). These keynotes reflect the intent of the conference, as their research centres on different interpretational problems that the study of piracy raises while also advancing distinctive disciplinary approaches. It is problems and approaches such as these that this conference will begin to address and bring together.  

This site will provide information and updates on the conference for attendees and delegates.