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Ports in France


Project description:
The goal of the project is a functional analysis of French port in the Early Modern Age. So far, ports have been mostly studied from the perspective of urban or economical history. The projects develops a theory of the port as a volatile space of attributions and connections: it reconstructs images, spectacles, processes of securing, creating norms and descriptions of ports. The exploration of these multifaceted ways of construction of the "port" includes the analysis of positioning, relationing, liquefaction and construction of ships, goods, and humans in the port. Objects of study are mainly the courts of Dunkerque, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Lyon, Marseille and Toulon.

Funding: EXC 16 Konstanz, Gerda Henkel Foundation, DAAD/FMSH, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Paris