Call for Papers
Mystic Seaport's 35th Annual Symposium
"MUSIC OF THE SEA"
Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut
June 13 & 14, 2014
Sponsored by Mystic Seaport Museum, the University of Connecticut at Avery Point,
and The United States Coast Guard Academy
We are seeking proposals for papers in Literature, History, 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 symposium is part of a three-day event whose focus celebrates the lives and work of sailors through musical performance.
The Friday, June 13, session will be held on the maritime campus of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point in Groton, Connecticut, and the Saturday session, June 14, at Mystic Seaport, in Mystic, Connecticut. All presenters are welcome to attend the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport for the weekend free of charge. This is a wonderful festival with music workshops around the grounds of the museum and music everywhere!
Topics of interest have included: shipboard work songs, songs of maritime or other occupational trades, songs of rivers and lakes, the use of sea music in literature, including Herman Melville's works, seafaring cultures and cultural change, ethnicity and ethnic influences, cultural exchanges, ballad and broadside traditions, technology, regional interests, and popular culture.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE is February 15, 2014. Audiovisually illustrated presentations are 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.
PLEASE SUBMIT PROPOSALS and a brief curriculum vita or resume to Tom Brillat, Director of Interpretation, via e-mail at <
> or via standard mail at:
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355-0990
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Executive Secretary of The Melville Society, at <