Ad Brudgias Portum. Bruges’ medieval port system as a maritime cultural landscape
In October 2018, Ghent University and Raakvlak organise an international conference that centres around medieval harbour hubs as gateways for goods, people and thoughts. Bruges’ maritime cultural landscape will be the guideline for these three days of medieval maritime connectivity
Scope of the conference
With this international symposium the organisers wish to present recent research on the medieval harbour landscape of Bruges to a wider scientific audience, but foremost they aim to frame the Bruges’ project into a wider, international maritime context of interdisciplinary research on maritime cultural port-landscapes.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Prof. dr. Christer Westerdahl (Norway)
Prof. dr. Ben Jervis (United Kingdom)
Dr. Adrie De Kraker (The Netherlands)
Bieke Hillewaert (Belgium)
Save the date: 24-26/10/2018
The conference will start on wednesday the 24th of october in the morning, and will end friday the 26th around midday.
Your port of call: Bruges
The conference will be held in the centre of Bruges. Day two includes an excursion into the medieval harbour area, a stopover in Damme and an afternoon session in the Zwin Nature Reserve.
Call for papers
We call for papers that focus on:
Tidal river trade hubs
Medieval harbour infrastructure
Material culture of harbour societies
Abstracts (max. 250 words) can be submitted to
More information and a conference website will follow soon!
Important dates & deadlines
1st of July 2018 Deadline abstracts
1st of August 2018 Final programme & Start inscriptions
21st of September 2018 Deadline inscriptions
24th – 26th of October Conference