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Music of the Sea Symposium

The Music of the Sea Symposium explores the interaction between sea, music, and song. As an integral part of the Sea Music Festival, this two-day collaborative program between Mystic Seaport, Connecticut College and University of Connecticut – Avery Point explores subjects from history and folklore, to literature, ethnomusicology and many other related topics.

Call for Proposals for the
36th Annual Music of the Sea Symposium
Submission deadline: March 15, 2015

We are seeking proposals for papers in history, literature, folklore, ethnomusicology, or other appropriate disciplines that address any aspect of music or verse of the sea or inland waters from the Age of Sail through the present day. The two-day Music of the Sea Symposium will take place June 12-13, 2015 during the Museum’s annual Sea Music Festival, an event that celebrates the lives and work of sailors through musical performance.

Previous topics of interest have included: shipboard work songs, songs of maritime or other occupational trades, songs of rivers and lakes, seafaring cultures and cultural change, ethnicity and ethnic influences, cultural exchanges, ballad and broadside traditions, technology, regional interests, the use of sea music in literature, and popular culture.

Proposals should be 1-2 pages and should include a thesis, an explanation, and a list of sources. Audio or visually illustrated presentations welcome. Graduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Please submit proposals and a brief curriculum vita or resume to Tom Brillat, Director of Interpretation, via e-mail at tom.brillat@mysticseaport.org or via postal mail:

Tom Brillat—Attn: Symposium
Interpretation Dept.—Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355-0990