Dr Sara Caputo

Lumley Research Fellow in History, Magdalene College
Dr Sara Caputo
In 2019 I completed my PhD thesis on 'Foreign Seamen and the British Navy, 1793-1815', at Robinson College, Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr Renaud Morieux. My research was funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant and a Robinson College Lewis Research Scholarship in 2015-18, and an Institute of Historical Research 12-month Scouloudi Fellowship in 2018-19.

In October 2019 I started as Lumley Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College. During the academic year 2019-20 I spent periods of research at the Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum in Bremerhaven, Germany, and at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
I am currently completing the manuscript of a book based on my PhD thesis, on the foreign sailors who served in the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It investigates the legal, social, cultural and diplomatic context of transnational 'encounters' and employment aboard British naval vessels, drawing on primary sources from British, Dutch, Italian, Maltese, German, and American archives, as well as further material from Denmark, Norway, France, and Spain. I am interested in combining different historiographical methodologies, qualitative and quantitative.

I am also working on some new projects in the history of naval technology and cartography, as well as a transnational and comparative study of eighteenth-century naval medicine seen 'from below'.
- Supervising and lecturing for Part I Paper 10, British Economic and Social History, 1700-1880.

- Supervising, lecturing and primary sources classes for Part I Paper 5, British Political History 1688-1886.

- Historical Argument and Practice: seminar sessions on various topics.

- In 2020-21 I will be giving two lectures and supervising for the Part II Specified Subject n. 24, Rethinking Europe from the Mediterranean Shores, 1796-1914.
Convenor and coordinator of the international academic and public history network Early Modern Literacies (c.1500-c.1800). Twitter: @em_literacies.

2016-2020 Outreach widening participation lecturing and mentoring with the Cambridge University Admissions Office (including Experience Cambridge, Sutton Scholars, Insight Explore Summer Mentoring and The Subject Matters programmes) and The Brilliant Club charity. Various talks and sessions on History and on International Relations.

2016-17 Co-convenor of the Cambridge Modern British History Workshop.

Member of the organising committee of the Cambridge AHRC DTP international conference on 'Tradition and Transformation', 18-20 September 2017.

2016-17 Founding member and co-convenor of the AHRC-funded Value of the Humanities Research Group, University of Cambridge.

2016-17 Academic Affairs Officer for the Robinson College Graduate Society, organising the college Research Days.

Key publications

'Alien Seamen in the British Navy, British Law, and the British State, c.1793 - c.1815', The Historical Journal 62:3 (2019), pp. 685-707. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X18000298

'Vers une histoire transnationale de la marine britannique au XVIIIème siècle / Towards a Transnational History of the Eighteenth-Century British Navy’, Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française, 397 – Perspectives Transnationales, 1780s-1820 (2019), 13-32. https://www.revues.armand-colin.com/histoire/annales-historiques-revolution-francaise/annales-historiques-revolution-francaise-no397-32019/histoire-transnationale-marine-britannique-au

‘Scotland, Scottishness, British Integration and the Royal Navy, 1793-1815’, The Scottish Historical Review 97:1 (2018), pp. 85-118.

Other publications

Book reviews:

- Helen Hollick, Life of a Smuggler: Fact and Fiction (Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2019), International Journal of Maritime History 32:1 (2020), 241-2. https://doi.org/10.1177/0843871419900616f

- John Morrow, British Flag Officers in the French Wars, 1793-1815: Admirals’ Lives (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), History: Reviews of New Books 47:1 (2019), 14-15.

- Margarette Lincoln, Trading in War: London’s Maritime World in the Age of Cook and Nelson (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018), The London Journal 44:1 (2019), 87-8.

- Helen Watt and Anne Hawkins (eds), Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France 1793-1815 (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2016), Archives 52:1 (2018), 81-3.

Blog posts:

- ‘When Subjecthood and Citizenship Did not Matter: the Royal Navy and Foreign Seamen in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars’, 7 November 2018, Cambridge Core Blog, Cambridge University Press http://blog.journals.cambridge.org/2018/11/07/when-subjecthood-and-citizenship-did-not-matter-the-royal-navy-and-foreign-seamen-in-the-revolutionary-and-napoleonic-wars/