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Sara Caputo ‘Tracks on the Ocean’ with Charlie Bush

Saturday, August 31, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with Dr Sara Caputo on ‘Tracks on the Ocean’. Sara will be in conversation with Charlie Bush from Blackwell’s.

Tracks on the Ocean

Why do we represent journeys as lines on maps? Maps do not show the world as it really is – they show us how the mapmakers see it, and they are the product of centuries of trading, exploring and conquering. The lines recording individual journeys are even more revealing: they first appeared in the blank seas of Renaissance maps, and signalled a momentous transformation in Europeans’ worldview. In Tracks on the Ocean, Sara Caputo tells the story of journey lines – from Ferdinand Magellan and Captain Cook’s routes across the South Seas, to the disorientating power of digital technology to reshape how we see our world. These personal trails are key to understanding the origins of surveillance, and they mark humanity’s impact on the planet, whether in the legacy of violence plotted by imperial endeavours or in the clouds of exhaust fumes left by ocean liners.

Dr Sara Caputo

Sara Caputo’s general areas of interest are eighteenth- and nineteenth-century transnational maritime history, British and European imperial history, the history of medicine, and the history of mapping. More specifically, her research focuses on maritime mobilities and exchange.

She completed her PhD at Robinson College, Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Renaud Morieux. Her thesis on ‘Foreign Seamen and the British Navy, 1793–1815’ was selected as joint winner of the University’s Prince Consort and Thirlwall Prize and Seeley Medal, and as winner of the British Commission for Maritime History Boydell & Brewer Prize for best doctoral thesis in maritime history completed in the UK.

In the past, she has been an International Visiting Fellow at the Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum in Bremerhaven, Germany, a W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and an honorary Caird Fellow at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

From 2019 to 2022 she was Lumley Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, and a Senior Research Fellow from 2022. At HPS she is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, sponsored by Professor Dániel Margócsy, while remaining an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of History. She also serves as Director of Studies in History at Magdalene College.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Saturday, August 31, 2024
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Blackwell’s Bookshop
48-51 Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BQ United Kingdom


Blackwell’s, Broad Street Oxford
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