Gender & Sexuality on the High Seas | 2022 ASA

deadline for submissions: 
January 23, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
American Studies Association (ASA) 2022 meeting
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The theme of the 2022 meeting poses that “the roof is on fire” and the water is rising, but perhaps this very water provides respite from the confines of our social roles. This panel explores open water as liminal space with its loosely defined—or absent—borders facilitating broader self-expression for the people working, serving, and living upon it. We call for scholarship examining ways in which contemporaneous boundaries of gender and sexuality have been expanded, rejected, and/or pantomimed on the high seas, ranging from the expression of 18th century pirates to 19th century whalers to 20th century naval officers.

We welcome scholarship across disciplines, eras, and creative formats. If interested, please send a 300-word abstract and brief bio to by January 23, 2022.