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Visby Maritime Symposium

International Merchant Shipping in the 21st century:
Social Science Perspectives on Opportunities and Challenges
10 - 12 October 2018, Visby, Sweden

The last few decades have seen a breath taking number of technological breakthroughs. These may change the work that people do in profound and unexpected ways. However, while much attention has been devoted to technological developments, the implications of new technologies for those employed in the shipping industry, whether on shore or at sea, are not yet well understood.
Bringing together industry experts and scholars, the Visby Maritime Symposium provides a forum for presenting state-of-the-art research from across the social sciences and for discussing directions for future research to meet the challenges facing merchant shipping in a socially responsible way.
The Visby Maritime Symposium is organized by Dr Birgit Pauksztat (Uppsala University, Campus Gotland), Dr. Claire Pekcan (Safe Marine) and Dr. Mike Barnett (MLB Maritime Services). It will be hosted by the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, and Uppsala University Campus Gotland.

Call for Papers
Contact: Dr Birgit Pauksztat

Purpose
Programme
Research Presentations: Call for Papers
Abstract Submission
Practical Information
Contact

Purpose

Bringing together industry experts and scholars from across the social sciences, the aim of the Visby Maritime Symposium is threefold:

  1. to take stock of insights from current research on the sociological, socio-technical, psychological and health-related aspects of living and working in maritime organisations and on-board merchant vessels,
  2. to discuss directions for future research to meet the challenges facing merchant shipping in a socially responsible way, and
  3. to establish and strengthen connections among a network of researchers that facilitates the exchange of experiences, provides constructive feedback and inspires new research collaborations.

In this way, the Visby Maritime Symposium seeks to influence the debate between stakeholders and shape the research agenda at the policy, commercial and social partner levels. In the medium term, the Symposium will contribute to the creation of an evidence base from which interventions and change programmes can be designed.

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Programme

The Visby Maritime Symposium will combine state-of-the-art research presentations with keynote speeches setting out key challenges facing the shipping industry. The Symposium concludes with a discussion about directions for future research that address these challenges and their implications for organisations and individuals reliant on or connected to merchant shipping.

Preliminary schedule

Day 1: Wednesday 10 October
Evening Dinner
Day 2: Thursday 11 October
Morning Welcome
Keynotes
Afternoon Research presentations
Guided walking tour of Visby
Evening Dinner
Day 3: Friday 12 October
Morning Research presentations (cont.)
Workshop: Discussion of directions for future research

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Research Presentations: Call for Papers

We are inviting high-quality theoretical and empirical contributions from academics and researchers with an interest in the sociological, the socio-technical, the psychological and health-related aspects of living and working in maritime organisations and on-board merchant vessels. Submissions on all topics relevant to the Symposium theme, at all levels of analysis, and using all theoretical or empirical approaches from across the social sciences are welcome.

Themes include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Group dynamics
  • Leadership
  • Social relations and social structure
  • The role of emotions
  • Multinational and multicultural dimensions
  • The ship-shore interface, both with regard to interactions between crew and shore personnel, and with regard to friends and family ashore
  • Means and mechanisms for improving life and work on board

We are particularly interested to hear from researchers and academics who are keen to

  • engage in sustainable action to meet the future challenges and opportunities facing international merchant shipping in a socially responsible way
  • make insights from research on shipping more visible in the social sciences
  • ensure that research retains and increases its practical relevance

Research presentations should focus on the findings of a current research project relevant to the Symposium theme. In addition, presenters may want to briefly position the project in relation to their research interests and (if applicable) plans for future research projects. To allow time for discussion and questions, presentations must be no longer than 15 minutes.

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Abstract Submission

To submit your abstract to the Visby Maritime Symposium, please use the abstract submission form.

Key dates:

Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 May 2018
Notification of acceptance: by 31 May 2018
Conference registration: from June 2018

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Practical Information

The Symposium is organized by Dr Birgit Pauksztat (Uppsala University, Campus Gotland), Dr. Claire Pekcan (Safe Marine) and Dr. Mike Barnett (MLB Maritime Services), and will be hosted by the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, and Uppsala University Campus Gotland.

The Symposium will take place in the UNESCO World Heritage and Hanseatic town of Visby on the island of Gotland, Sweden. Visby’s links with merchant shipping extend back to the time of the Vikings, thus making it the perfect setting to discuss the future of the maritime industry and its people.

Venue

The Symposium will take place in the main building of Uppsala University Campus Gotland. Address: Cramérgatan 3, 62157 Visby.

Travel

The city of Visby can be reached by air or by sea. For more information on flights to Visby Airport (VBY), see https://www.swedavia.com/visby/. Information on ferries from mainland Sweden to Visby can be found at https://www.destinationgotland.se/en/ferry/.

Accommodation

Conference participants are asked to make their own arrangements for accommodation.

A number of single and double rooms have been prereserved for conference participants at the Strand Hotel in the centre of Visby, at a special conference rate. Rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, and can be booked by 8 August by contacting the Strand Hotel by e-mail bokningen@strandhotel.se or telephone (+46 498258801).

Conference registration

More information on conference registration will be available shortly.

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