Symposium on Music of the Sea

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Maritime Music and Tradition Society

The Maritime Music & Tradition Society, Inc. and the Maritime Studies Program of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point announce A Symposium on the Music of the Sea on Friday June 10, 2022. We seek proposals for papers in History, Literature, Folklore, Music, Ethnomusicology or other appropriate disciplines addressing any aspect of music or verse of the sea, rivers, or inland waters from the Age of Sail to the present. 

Topics may include: 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, the use of sea music in literature, and sea music in popular culture, including the Internet. We are particularly interested in the maritime history and musical cultures of the Connecticut River Valley and the history of Essex (formerly Pettipaug).

The Symposium on the Music of the Sea is part of a three-day festival celebrating the music, lives, and work of sailors. Faculty, graduate students, practitioners, and independent scholars are encouraged to submit proposals to be reviewed by a committee of  experts in the field. Presentations with audiovisual components are welcome. We plan to hold the Symposium in person, but we are hoping to have a virtual presence, and we will review proposals that would be delivered via Zoom.  Each participant will have 45 minutes, and papers should be 30-35 minutes long to allow time for questions.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE is March 15, 2022. Proposals should be 1-2 pages and should include a thesis, an explanation, and a list of sources. Please submit proposals with a brief curriculum vita or biography to Faye Ringel, Symposium Director.