EXTENDED DEADLINE: Literature at Sea: Storms, Shipwrecks, and Survival

deadline for submissions: 
July 25, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Ben P. Robertson/Troy University English Department
contact email: 

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 25 JULY!
Join us in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico, and Cuba!
 
Literature at Sea: Storms, Shipwrecks, and Survival
Miami, Florida, USA, 17-24 December 2018Abstracts are invited for a conference sponsored by the Troy University English Department on storms, shipwrecks, and survival, broadly defined.  Proposed papers may focus on the literature of any country and any literary period, but please keep in mind that the conference language will be English.  Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following: 
Hurricanes
Typhoons
Tidal waves
Cyclones
Waterspouts
Nor’easters
Whirlpools
Floods
Salvage
Diving
Sublimity and the sea
Mutinies
Metaphorical storms
Metaphorical seas
The Tempest
The Kraken
Sea monsters
Winds
Tradewinds
War
Colonization
Politics
Ship of state
Ship of fools
Historical wrecks
Titanic
Andrea Doria
Steamboats
Metaphorical shipwrecks
Bermuda Triangle
Flat Earth
Airships
Captain Cook
Captain Ahab
The Flying Dutchman
Ship as microcosm or crucible
Navigation
Mysteries
Floods
Treasure
Piracy
Slave narratives
Slave trade
Castaways
Cannibalism
Sustainability
Environment
Robinson Crusoe
The Odyssey
Islands
Atolls
Cays
Island culture
Pitcairn Islands
Lighthouses
Indentured servitude
Sharks
Jaws
Utopia/dystopia
Gilligan’s Island
Atlantis
Captain Nemo
Nautical inventions
Submarines
Arctic/Antarctic exploration
Frozen seas
Sir Francis Drake
Rivers
Travel writing
Sea trade
Ships and shipping
Maps
Safe harbor
Aquatic life
Mythology
Seascapes
Religion
Superstition
The Caribbean
Recreation
Tourism
Visual art
Fantasy
 
Please visit the conference web site at <http://spectrum.troy.edu/conference> to submit a 250-word abstract by 25 JULY 2018.  You will need to create a free EasyChair account to submit your abstract (linked at the aforementioned URL).  Questions about the conference may be addressed to bprobertson@troy.edu. This conference is scheduled to take place aboard the MSC Armonia, which will be sailing from Miami, Florida, USA, 17-24 December 2018, with port calls at Montego Bay (Jamaica), George Town (Grand Cayman), Cozumel (Mexico), and Havana (Cuba).  When possible, presentation times will be arranged so as not to conflict with port visits.
Cruise Details and Logistics (current as of 19 April 2018)
• To guarantee the conference rate for the cruise, delegates must book their cabins directly with Katona Weddle, kdweddle@troy.edu, Tel. +1-334-514-2031 (she has arranged a block of cabins for us at a group rate).  Ms. Weddle is happy to book other travel arrangements for delegates if desired.
• More information about the cruise is available from <https://www.msccruisesusa.com>.
• Delegates selected to participate in the conference will need to place deposits (USD $200 per person) to reserve cabins before 12 August 2018 (refundable until 90 days before sailing).  The deposit counts as part of the cruise price.  The remainder of the cost will be due 13 September 2018.
• Cabin prices (class I1, interior Bella) start at USD $490 per person, including taxes and port charges, for the duration of the cruise with two people per cabin.  The rate amounts to about $70 per night, which also includes meals (but not tips or beverages).  Ocean-view cabins are available for $640 per person (class O2, Fantastica) at double occupancy, and balcony cabins are available at $1,040 per person (class B2, Fantastica) at double occupancy.  Single-occupancy cabins are available at the discretion of the cruise line at double the price.  For non-US/non-Canadian citizens, prices may be higher, and booking procedures will be different due to restrictions imposed on us by the cruise line (contact Katona by telephone or e-mail for details).
• The conference organizers will offer delegates the opportunity to pair with other delegates to obtain the rates listed above by sharing cabins (please indicate your preference at the time you place your deposit).  Alternatively, delegates may wish to share cabins with friends or relatives—who are welcome to join us aboard regardless of whether they participate in the conference (also to be booked with Ms. Weddle as part of our block of cabins).  Some cabins can hold third and fourth passengers (call for rates).
• The price does not include the conference fee ($75), transportation to the port of Miami, optional hotel stays before or after the cruise, optional (but recommended) travel insurance, parking fees at the port, gratuities, bottled water, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, or optional port excursions. 
• Ship-board gratuities may be paid in advance ($87.50 per adult; $43.75 per child) at the time of booking.
• Coffee, tea, and filtered tap water are complimentary aboard the ship.  For guests who do not wish to pay for each individual drink, beverage packages may be purchased five or more days in advance of the cruise through the MSC web site or (with an added 15% gratuity fee) aboard the ship.
• For directions to the Miami port, as well as other information such as parking fees at the port, please check the web site at <http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/cruise.asp>.
• The Miami International Airport (airport code: MIA; <http://www.miami-airport.com/>) is the closest airport (at a distance of approximately 10 miles or 16 kilometers from the cruise terminal).  Approximately fifty airlines offer passenger service to/from the Miami airport with direct connections to major US and international airports. Conference Organizing Committee:  Ben P. Robertson, Katona D. Weddle, Shannon Thompson, Ekaterina V. Kobeleva