Imagining the Coast: A Public Symposium on the Humanities and the Sea

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The Humanities Institute, Fairfield University
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The Humanities Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University will host “Imagining the Coast: a Public Symposium on the Humanities and the Sea” at Mystic Seaport and Enders Island, Mystic CT, Sept 14-16, 2018.The symposium will bring together regional scholars, authors, museums, historical societies, libraries and community members to discuss the importance of the coastline and seas to the region’s history, culture, ecology, and identity, including its global connections. Long Island Sound and the coast of Connecticut and its bordering states are the primary focus, but given the inherently global nature of maritime zones, our oceanic connections to other regions will also be considered. Keynote speakers: Hester Blum, Steven Mentz, Glenn Gordinier, Barbara Hurd

15 minute presentations should focus on how your research, creative, educational or civic project specifically engages these broader themes.  Because the event is a public symposium, speakers should target a broader audience. We welcome submissions from scholars, creative writers, and representatives of museums, historical societies, libraries and secondary education.  

Please submit a brief 200-250 word abstract of your proposed presentation to Elizabeth Hastings, program coordinator of the Fairfield University Humanities Institute, by May 1: Ehastings@fairfield.edu.  Queries may be directed to Nels Pearson, director of the Humanities Institute: npearson@fairfield.edu

Event partners include Mystic Seaport (Museum of America and the Sea), the Maritime Studies Program of the University of Connecticut, CT Humanities, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia.