The Black Maritime Atlantic in the Nineteenth Century (10/10/2010 ; 4/7-11/2011)

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The Black Maritime Atlantic in the Nineteenth Century (10/10/2010 ; 4/7-11/2011)


According to historical census records, over the nineteenth century a growing number of blacks โ€“ slaves liberated from slave ships, indentured servants and freed men โ€“ joined the ranks of the naval and merchant marine service as sailors, stokers, cabin boys, translators and navigators. This panel calls for papers on maritime literature that represented, for example, "Black Jacks," "Prize Negroes," "Seedy Boys" and "Kru Men," and their experience of and contribution to nineteenth-century Atlantic maritime culture.

We welcome papers addressing the variety of nineteenth-century
literary forms engaged in representing sea-faring โ€“ maritime fictions, nautical dramas, slave narratives, the memoirs of sailors, explorers, and naturalists, and travel writing, among others. Topics are open. Some questions that papers might consider are: in what ways did travel define and/or complicate a sense of individual or collective identity? In what terms are the multiple racial geographies of maritime experience described and narrated? What sorts of literary and cosmopolitan cultural exchange are developed along with the intermingling of different racial and ethnic groups aboard ships? What parallels and distinctions are drawn by this literature among the injustices of conscription, naval discipline and slavery?

Extended Deadline for abstracts: October 10, 2010
Please send 250-word titled abstracts for 15-20-minute papers to
Kristie Allen . Please indicate NEMLA 2011 in your subject line and include with your abstract: name and affiliation, email address, a brief CV, and A/V requirements (if any; NeMLA charges a $10 handling fee).

NeMLA's 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions. For details see: Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a
panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. Please do not accept a slot if you may cancel to present on another session.