Jean-Marc Hill

PhD Candidate in Oceanic and Maritime History

I am a PhD Candidate researching a project tentatively titled 'Pirate Identity and Nation among 'Golden Age' Pirates in the Caribbean, 1700-1726', under the supervision of Dr. Hank Gonzalez. It approaches the 'Golden Age' of piracy as a socio-cultural phenomenon, and examines the notion of a 'pirate identity', as well as the usefulness of the concept of a 'real' or 'imaginary' pirate nation. A major focal point of my analysis is the pirate nest that emerged at Nassau, prior to Woodes Rogers' arrival in 1718.

I received my BA in Ancient History and History (First Class, 2018) from the University of Reading, and my MA in History (Distinction, 2020) from the University of Exeter. My undergraduate dissertation focused on community among Anglo-American pirates of the 'Golden Age', and was awarded both the British Commission for Maritime History Prize for Undergraduate Achievement, and the Nick Atkin Prize from the University of Reading. My Masters' thesis was a socio-cultural analysis of sailors involved in the British voyages of scientific exploration and discovery, 1764-1803. Part of the research conducted for my Masters' thesis has recently formed the basis of an article examining sailor identity and cross-cultural encounters, that I have submitted for publication to the Journal for Maritime Research.

My research interests lie broadly within the field of Oceanic and Maritime History. More particularly, my research has tended to examine British seafarers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries from a social and cultural perspective, typically through the exploration of identity, mentalité, and nation.

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