Santander, 21st to 23rth August 2017


Port cities represent a unique category of cities, as changing realities in time that harbor complex relationships between urban and port functions. Since the 1970s, research has been progressing in the historical-social and cultural analysis of port life, surpassing the strict vision of the port as a geographic landscape and economic space, to emphasize the social and cultural aspects that have participated in The construction and recreation of port cities.

The ports have been acting as a powerful morphogenetic agent and motor of change of the cities, influencing both its structure and modus vivendi as in its formal features. In fact, the physiognomy of this interface, its extraordinary capacity for suggestion and meaning, has been a constant object of the artists’ gaze, from choreography to vedutism and through various forms of image production (geographic atlas, travel books , paintings, lithographic series, collections of views of cities, etc.), have built a port iconography. Ports are, in short, a powerful creative stimulus endowed with a range of resources capable of generating an enormous sample of creations that, in addition to helping to forge the cultural identity of these nuclei, constitute an essential source for their historical study.

The seminar brings together researchers from various research projects of the National R & D Plan of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. It is intended to present in a coordinated way an update on the methodological challenges facing historians of art, reserachers on technology and culture in the analysis and management of the historic port landscapes: port-city relations, Land-sea tensions, aesthetic discovery of aquatic environments, engineering and port infrastructure, delimitation of public and private space, territorial projection of ports, construction of an urban identity, urban management and the updating of the maritime fronts, the reorientation of new patrimonies linked to the maritime world, new tourist and cultural demands, the reconversion in artistic districts or the role of citizenship and public art.

The course is aimed at students, graduates and professionals in the field of History, Art, Heritage and Cultural Management, although it may interest technicians interested in the field of Architecture, Urbanism, Geography or port activity.

Santander – Magdalena Peninsula

Course Director

Luis Sazatornil Ruiz
Full Professor of Art History
University of Cantabria

Fernando Villaseñor Sebastián
Assistant Professor Doctor
University of Cantabria



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