Navigating change: studying the social transformation of La Ciotat’s maritime society during the sail-to-steam transition

Lecture series organized as part of the project Digital Methods for the Study of Migration in the Aegean Region, 1821-1945 led by Andreas Guidi (Inalco/CREE) and Christine Philliou (University of California, Berkeley) and funded by the France Berkeley Fund.

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Première conférence, en ligne/First lecturer, online

Navigating change: studying the social transformation of La Ciotat’s maritime society during the sail-to-steam transition

with Kalliopi Vasilaki (IMS-FORTH, Rethymno)

Dates : Mercredi 29 novembre 2023 – 21:00 – 23:00
Lieu : En ligne via zoom
From 09.00 PM to 11.00 PM
Inscription/Registration : bit.ly/Vasilaki2023

 

Source : Vue du port prise de l’échelle de Sirkédji © Abdullah Frères.372 (1873) / Library of Congress

In the latter half of the nineteenth century, the coastal town of La Ciotat, in the French Mediterranean, underwent a profound and rapid transformation. The transition from sail to steam power in shipping had a decisive impact on the town, fundamentally reshaping its economic foundations and social fabric. At the heart of this transition was the Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, France’s largest steamship company subsidized by the state. Founded in 1851, the company established in La Ciotat its shipbuilding center, responsible for the construction, repair and maintenance of the Company’s fleet, while also serving as a training centre for the technical personnel aboard its ships. As a result, the town shifted towards an industrial hub, emerging as one of the Mediterranean’s premier industrial shipbuilding centers.

This presentation offers a comprehensive overview of the methodologies employed to explore the transformation process of La Ciotat’s maritime society. The analysis will focus on the databases constructed for this research drawing from three primary sources: the nominative lists of the inhabitants of La Ciotat, the seamen registers in La Ciotat the second half of nineteenth century, and the registers of workforce entries in the shipyards of Messageries Maritimes from 1851 to 1911. The data of those sources were elaborated in the framework of the ERC research project SeaLiT: Seafaring Lives in Transition, Mediterranean Maritime Labour and Shipping, 1850s-1920s. Additionally, it will unveil the key results and insights derived, shedding light on the profound social impact of this transition.

Intervenants confirmés / Confirmed speakers
Katerina Linos,
Ali Yaycioglu,
Vladimir Hamed Troyansky,
Kalliopi Amygdalou,
Johannes Preiser-Kapeller

Organization : Andreas Guidi (Inalco/CREE) and Christine Philliou (University of California, Berkeley)


Citer ce billet
cree (2023, 21 novembre). Navigating change: studying the social transformation of La Ciotat’s maritime society during the sail-to-steam transition. Carnets Russie-Europes-Eurasie. Consulté le 15 avril 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/nbrb

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