History Department
History Department

Gender Symp.: "In Perfect Moral Security”: Gender, Maritime Legislation, and the Shaping of British Seapower" by Julia Stryker, University of Texas at Austin

Fri, December 6, 2019 | GAR 1.102

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Julia Stryker is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her dissertation project continues and expands her Masters work on ship stewardesses to encompass the mythologizing of the maritime past, the redefinition of the empire, and the role of technology in Britain in the long nineteenth century.  Though undergoing drastic change, the ship remained an important space of self-construction and confrontation both globally and locally.  Following stewardesses through the nineteenth century highlights the gendered, cultural, and economic tensions between sail and steam, and their relationship to the ideology of empire, up to its eventual loss.

She obtained her BA at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM and her MA at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  At Memorial, she was a member of the Maritime Studies Research Group and worked with the Maritime History Archives, in particular focusing on the Ships and Seafarers database, compiled by the Atlantic Canada Shipping Project (ACSP).  Her work with the database focused on a sample of over 800 voyages undertaken by sailing ship stewardesses in the nineteenth century to examine the intersection of gender, labor, and maritime culture in Britain, Canada, and the United States. With maritime archaeologist Eric Ray, she studied the firepots aboard the seventeenth century ship La Belle, included building and testing recreations of the artifacts.

Other projects at UT include work with race and theories of embodiment in African American literature.  This work feeds into an investigation of innovations in ship ventilation over the eighteenth century and the health and experiential consequences of its application to slaving vessels.  She co-coordinated the Symposium on Gender, History, Sexuality for 2017-2018.  Digital humanities are a key component of her research on continuing projects.  Interests in this vein are the varied applications of digital tools and public-facing research in the context of the humanities, including coding, 3d printing and makerspaces, and public history projects. 

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