Maritime Conflicts and Promise in History and Present

Maritime Conflicts and Promise in History and Present

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Interdisciplinary Conference Online, Friday/Saturday, November 19-20, 2021

Ever since the emergence of modern statehood under the auspices of capitalist economies, the aspects of naval power, presence on the world's oceans and maritime expansion have been accorded paramount importance for the preservation and further development of prosperity, political influence and military power. Right up to the age of high imperialism - the high point of navalist traditions - the sea was considered both a place where state conflicts came to a head and a place that could hold a promising future.

And in the present? In view of the increasingly strong global networking and the fragmentation of production processes and markets, the sea and the organization of work afloat seem to have gained in relevance. The role of the sea also appears to be significant to climate change and the associated pollution of the world's oceans, as well as the challenge of global refugee movements, in which the sea plays a specific role in relation to the interaction of refugees and volunteers.

Call for Papers and Posters (english)

Call for Papers and Posters (deutsch)

Important Dates

21 July 2021 Deadline for abstracts and poster proposals
Mid-August 2021 Notification of acceptance
7 November 2021 Submission of your research paper or poster via email to:
11 November 2021 Publication of scientific programme
12 November 2021 Registration via email to:

Conference Programme

Click here to view the more detailed version of the programme.

Day 1: Friday, 19 November 2021 (Times in UTC+1)

10:00 Welcome & Introduction, The Scientific Organising Team; Greeting by Prof. Dr. Markus Lederer, Chair of the Institute for Political Science at TU Darmstadt
10:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1 & 2: Sea Power & Navalism (German/English); Multiple Conflicts and few Promises? Flight, Migration and the Sea (English)
13:00 Individual Lunch Time with Option for Informal Online Networking
14:00 Panel Session 3: Maritime Climate and Economic Conflicts (German/English)
16:30 Individual Break with Option for Informal Online Networking
17:00 Keynote 1: »Global Ocean Politics: A Short History of Current Paradigms«, Professor Christian Bueger, Ph.D., University of Copenhagen
18:30 Individual Dinner/Supper

Day 2: Saturday, 20 November 2021 (Times in UTC+1)

10:00 Welcome & Introduction
10:30 Panel Session 4: Sicherheitspolitik / Security Policy (German)
13:00 Individual Lunch Time with Option for Informal Online Networking
14:00 Panel Session 5: Maritime Narrative & Kultur (German)
16:00 Individual Break with Option for Informal Online Networking
16:30 Keynote 2 (English): »The Great Sea or the Confined Sea?«, Associate Professor Maurizio Albahari, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
18:00 Concluding Discussions and Feedback
19:00 End of Conference

Important Information on Participation

The conference will be held partly in German and partly in English. English-language
contributions are very welcome. But translations cannot be provided.

You can register for the conference until 12/11. There will be no registration fee. To register, send an email with the subject "Application for conference" to: You will receive the access link to our meeting room at least three days prior to the event.


We ask for submission of your written contribution with a maximum length of 30,000 characters including spaces until November 07, 2021 to the e-mail address maritime.konferenz21(at)

We plan 15-20 minutes for each presentation.

After the conference individual contributions of abstracts will be selected which can then be further developed by the authors into an article for the conference proceedings / conference transcript.

Location & Contact

Given the ongoing corona pandemic and the uncertainty in planning arising from it, the conference will be hosted in a digital space.

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Contact Persons

Kim Bräuer
Technische Universität Braunschweig/ Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Rafael Rehm
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Marcus Sanden
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Enrico Schicketanz
University of Erfurt