09.-11. Juni 2017: Internationaler Workshop "The Social in the Global"

Internationaler Workshop des DFG Graduiertenkollegs Selbstbildungen und der Arbeitsstelle Globale Mikrogeschichte. Veranstaltungsort: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Seminarraum des Graduiertenkollegs (A3 1-109). Weitere Informationen entnehmen Sie bitte dem Flyer

17.-18. Juni 2015: Globale Mikrogeschichte. Chancen, Grenzen, Dimensionen

Internationaler Workshop der Arbeitsstelle Globald Mikrogeschichte der Abteilung Frühe Neuzeit, Institut für Geschichte, des WiZeGG, sowie des DFG Graduiertenkollegs 1608/2 "Selbst-Bildungen".
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06.-08. Oktober 2014 "All at Sea: The Prize Papers as a Source for a Global Microhistory“; The National Archives, Kew" - in Kooperation mit The National Archive, London und dem Huygens Institut, Den Haag.

During the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries, the navies of maritime powers and privately owned fighting ships competed in the race for the spoils of war. Ships that became prizes often carried, besides passengers and cargo, mail that was to be delivered at the ship's destination. All ships' papers, including this private mail, were seized and made part of the dossier kept by the British High Court of Admiralty.

Intercepted mail and legal documents of the British High Court of Admiralty were kept in the court's archives stores. There they were forgotten for many years. They finally ended up as the 'Prize Papers', part of the High Court of Admiralty archives as record series HCA 30 and 32 in The National Archives.

Rediscovery of the letters

After the rediscovery of the value of these letters by Dutch researchers in the 1980s, the Prize Papers have given new perspectives on the early modern global world. The European Prize Papers Network is an informal network of researchers who work on the Prize Papers, and it has organised this conference.

This international conference aimed to bring together scholars who have worked on the Prize Papers (or related materials) to discuss their research and to think about ways of using the source material for future research. This is one of several steps towards establishing a wider European research network on the Prize Papers.

The conference was organized around the following themes:

  • politics and economy
  • seafaring
  • language and literacy
  • family, friends and private lives
  • colonial cross-overs and confrontations
  • practices, artefacts, spaces and body

Conference programme

Conference Report