Coastal History – Responding to Covid-19 II

The first online #coastalhistory online meeting, on 16 April 2020, was a resounding success, with upwards of 40 scholars of the coast logging in. I will be in touch shortly with all attendees who have emailed me subsequently, with arrangements for a follow-up.

For those in other timezones, or any of who were unable to attend, we will repeat today’s introductory meeting at 10.00-11.00 (UK time) on Thursday 23 April.

Responding to the current Covid-19 crisis, the aim is, through informal discussion, to highlight and communicate detail about current projects and to encourage future streams and channels for research.

How will it work? You will need to log in to your computer or other device, be sure that you have both a working camera and microphone on and a stable internet connection. We recommend pouring yourself a coffee or a tea, relaxing, then clicking on the link to the website at the bottom of this page at the designated time. There is no need to book ahead or reserve a place.

Some themes we might wish to discuss at our conversation are:

  • Introductions.
  • Public histories – blogs, social media, possible workshops and other events
  • Current flourishing of relevant publications
  • Coasts and Covid-19; Coasts and climate change; Coastal dystopias; Urban coasts and rural coasts; Cross-disciplinary perspectives

If there are topics I haven’t mentioned above, which you feel strongly we should discuss, feel free to contact me by email at:

Why are we doing this? with many university-based historians and others working from home due to Covid-19, it struck me that it would help many of us to focus on our research theme through a different kind of forum. The #coastalhistory hashtag on Twitter has made evident the regional, national, transnational and global reach of the term these days and response to my tweet about it last Thursday was positive enough to make me feel that this gathering should go ahead without delay.

This will be a Cisco Webex Teams meeting and I will be moderating it from home here in Scotland.

The simplest way is to join the meeting is by clicking on this link, or copying and pasting it into your web browser (we recommend Chrome):

Alternatively, if you have downloaded and installed Webex Teams* on your device, you can dial:

If you would like to come using Microsoft Skype for Business dial:

If you would like to come in by phone (my understanding is that this is toll free from within the UK, but not from elsewhere in the world) dial: 020-347 85289 / +44-20-3478-5289 then enter 140822292# when prompted.

*For those that are Webex Teams users, please note that the Webex dial-in details should not be used as your email address when signing up to Webex. Do not try to enter the nine-digit number followed by ‘’ as used in UHI email addresses. 

Some extra helpful info:
If you receive a message telling you that you are in the lobby waiting with others, please hold on. Everyone needs to be let into the meeting by me, it won’t take long so sit tight and we’ll be with you shortly!

If you receive a message telling you that the meeting is full, try again in a minute or two…it just means the lobby is too crowded to let you in at the moment. As soon as I let everyone in, you’ll be able to get in too!

I will also endeavour to make a recording for those who can’t attend on the day. Also, perhaps we could have a follow-up meeting, to fit around those whose timezone made this one impossible? One other final tip: once logged in to the meeting, we would ask that you please remember to keep your microphone muted (as shown on the red symbol on the left below), unless you  wish to speak, in which case, ‘unmute’ the microphone (if you click the red symbol on the left it will go black) or else post a note in the ‘Chat’ space (click on the third button from the right to open that) and I can see that and then make sure you have a chance to express your point.

We are living in difficult times, but I trust this informal meeting will be enjoyable and productive for all involved. I’ll hope to see you and hear from you then.

Stay safe,



Dr David Worthington,

Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland

Ionad Eachdraidh, Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean, Alba




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