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AHRC Research Networking project �Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns

Dr. Catherine Tackley (Music, The Open University) and Dr. Graeme Milne (History, University of Liverpool) are delighted to announce a new AHRC Research Networking project �Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns�.

The �Atlantic Sounds� project aims to investigate, from a UK perspective, the role that music has played in cross-cultural encounters around the Atlantic rim (which includes the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean) from around 1740 to the present. Although there has been research into the presence of music from these countries in Europe, the processes and mechanisms that established such connections are less clear. The transmission and development of musical cultures across oceans by seafarers, travellers, and free and forced migrants is clearly an area ripe for further study. This project will focus specifically on the circumstances of the ship � which literally transports music and musicians across the Atlantic – and the sailortown � diverse and ever-changing port communities where sailors from all over the world interact, including through music-making.

Over the next 18 months the project will stage a series of three Colloquia and an International Conference incorporating a study day for postgraduate students in different locations (London, Cardiff, Falmouth and Liverpool) which are relevant to the topic of �Atlantic Sounds�. Details of these events are below. The intention of the project is to build relationships which will lead to further collaborations, both within the academic community, especially between disciplines, and between academics and other interested parties including stakeholders in museums and tourism as well as musicians, film-makers and journalists. We are aiming to create a network which will be equally beneficial to all these groups, particularly to provide opportunities for the public dissemination of academic research.

The network and project website will be formally launched at 4pm on Tuesday 20 November 2012 at the Department of History, University of Liverpool. More details about this event will be available soon. If you would like to attend please email atlantic-sounds at

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A call for papers for our first event in London will follow shortly.


8 February 2013          Colloquium 1: Historical perspectives on music and seafaring – The Open University in London (Camden)
14 June 2013              Colloquium 2: Music, Heritage, Regeneration, Tourism – National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall
22 October 2013         Colloquium 3: Musical perspectives on transatlantic migration – The Open University in Wales (Cardiff)
March 2014                Study Day and International Conference – University of Liverpool

Brazilian Poet Salgado Maranhão to Read from Sol Sangüíne (Blood of the Sun) and other poems

Tuesday, October 9 2012, 6:30 pm, Curry 238
Translator, Alexis Levitin, SUNY Plattsburgh

The Atlantic World Research Network is pleased to present Salgado Maranhão, one of Brazil’s leading contemporary poets. His collected poems, The Color of the Word, won Brazil’s highest award, the Premio de Poesia da Academia Brasileira de Letras, for the year 2011. An earlier collection, Mural of Winds, won the prestigious Prêmio Jabuti in 1999. In addition to eight books of poetry, including The Snake’s FistsThe Kiss of the Beast, and the recent Tiger’s Fur, he has written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil’s leading jazz and pop musicians. My translations of poems by this stylistically provocative poet have so far appeared in BOMBBitter OleanderBrasil/BrazilConnotation Press (on-line), Controlled BurnCream City ReviewDirty GoatFaultlineFourth RiverLeft CurveMassachusetts ReviewMeasureMetamorphosesNatural BridgeOsirisPer ContraPleiadesRosebudSirenaSpoon River Poetry ReviewSubtropicsTurnrow (on-line),Words Without Borders, and Xavier Review.

One of Brazil’s leading critics, Antonio Carlos Secchin, had this to say about Sol Sangüíne (Blood of the Sun): “With a deeply-rooted personal diction, Salgado Maranhão, in Blood of the Sun, has reached the high point of his work (so far), in this cohesive collection of poems in which a speculative intelligence and a celebration of the corporality of the world are expressed with great metaphoric vigor.”

German Weeks 2012: Think Transatlantic!

Andrew Zimmerman
Professor of History and International Affairs
George Washington University
“Booker T. Washington and the German Empire in West Africa”
Thursday, September 6, 2-4 PM, North Spencer Parlor

Katrin Sieg
Professor of German
Georgetown University
“Transatlantic Transfers: Performing Race Transnationally”
Friday, September 14, 12-2 Maple Room, EUC

Steve Szabo
Executive Director, Transatlantic Academy
Washington, DC
“Germany as a Geoeconomic Power: The Case of Russia”
Monday, September 24, 2-3:15 PM, North Spencer Parlor