CFP - The Problem of Piracy III: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Plunder by Sea across the World from the Ancient to the Modern, Tulane University, New Orleans, 15-16 June 2023

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
January 15, 2023
Location: 
Louisiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
Maritime History / Studies, Law and Legal History, World History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations

The Problem of Piracy III: 

An Interdisciplinary Conference on Plunder by Sea

across the World from the Ancient to the Modern

Tulane University, New Orleans, 15-16 June 2023

 

The study of piracy brings with it several interpretational problems and questions. As a global phenomenon that has lasted millennia, even defining piracy historically is difficult. Its meaning depended on distinctive legal and customary perceptions of predation at sea by diverse communities, kingdoms, and empires. Scholarship on piracy and maritime predation has blossomed in recent years, but scholars still struggle to look at it with broad enough perspective. In June 2023, the third conference of the Problem of Piracy Network will explore the problem of piracy and its study across various chronological, geographical, and disciplinary barriers.

 

The Problem of Piracy Network formed in 2019 to investigate these and other questions in an inclusive, collegial environment. We welcome anyone studying any aspect of piracy and maritime predation from any time, place, or discipline. The network brings together a wide range of postgraduate, early career, and senior researchers from various disciplines. In addition to holding conferences, the network hosts online seminars and seeks publication opportunities for exceptional work. Our first edited volume, The Problem of Piracy in the Early Modern World, is currently under contract with Amsterdam University Press and expected to be published in 2023.

 

Following an online conference in 2021, we are excited to announce that the 2023 conference will be held in person at Tulane University on 15-16 June 2023 and is sponsored by the Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies.

 

We welcome proposals for both individual papers of twenty minutes and three-paper panels that discuss any aspect of piracy and maritime predation occurring across the world’s oceans from the ancient to the modern period.

 

Possible themes, are not limited to, but include:

 

  • Non-Atlantic / non-European maritime predation
  • Maritime predation in Latin American contexts
  • Perceptions of piracy and maritime predation
  • Suppressing piracy
  • Law of the sea 
  • Sovereignty and maritime predation
  • Gender and the sea
  • The pirate as a cultural figure

 

Abstracts of 250 words along with a short biographical note should be sent to the organisational team at problemofpiracyconference@outlook.com by 15 January 2023.

 

Conference Organisational Team:

Sam Cavell, John Coakley, Nathan Kwan, Kris Lane, James Rankine, & David Wilson

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Conference Organisational Team:

Sam Cavell, John Coakley, Nathan Kwan, Kris Lane, James Rankine, & David Wilson