Call for papers for the Music of the Sea Symposium

We are seeking proposals for papers in History, Literature, Folklore, Ethnomusicology, Music, 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 symposium is part of a three-day event whose focus celebrates the lives and work of sailors through musical performance.

This will be the 39th year the symposium will be held and it will take place June 8 and 9 in the Greenmanville Church on the grounds of Mystic Seaport, in Mystic, CT.

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.

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

Sponsored by Williams College, Williams-Mystic Program, and Mystic Seaport