Literature at Sea: Storms, Shipwrecks, and Survival

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
November 1, 2017
Location: 
Florida, United States
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Literature, Maritime History / Studies, British History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Abstracts 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
  • 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
  • Castaways
  • Cannibalism
  • Sustainability
  • Environment
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • The Odyssey
  • Islands
  • Atolls
  • Cays
  • Island culture
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Lighthouses
  • Indentured servitude
  • Floods
  • Treasure
  • Piracy
  • Slave narratives
  • Slave trade
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Tradewinds
  • Sharks
  • Jaws
  • Utopia/dystopia
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • Atlantis
  • Captain Nemo
  • Nautical inventions
  • Submarines
  • Arctic/Antarctic exploration
  • Frozen seas
  • War
  • Colonization
  • Politics
  • Ship of state
  • Ship of fools
  • 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 <https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=litsea2018> to submit a 250-word abstract by 1 November 2017.  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.  The conference web site is available at <http://spectrum.troy.edu/conference>.

 

This conference is scheduled to take place aboard the M. S. Carnival Elation, which will be sailing from Jacksonville, Florida, USA, 12-17 May 2018, with stops in the Bahamas at the ports of Nassau and Half Moon Cay.  When possible, presentation times will be arranged so as not to conflict with port visits.

 

Because of the logistics involved in securing the conference venue and lower prices, we will make decisions on submissions by 1 December 2017. 

 

We hope to produce a conference-proceedings volume in 2019.

 

Contact Info: 

Ben P. Robertson, Troy University

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