Deadline Extended - 41st Annual Music of the Sea Symposium at Mystic Seaport Museum

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Call for Papers
March 27, 2020
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Music and Music History, Public History, Maritime History / Studies

Mystic Seaport Museum is hosting the 41st Annual Music of the Sea Symposium. The symposium occurs on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13.


We are seeking proposals for papers in History, Literature, Folklore, Ethnomusicology, Music, or other appropriate disciplines that address any aspect of music or verse of the sea or inland waters from the Age of Sail through the present day. The two-day symposium is part of a three-day event whose focus celebrates the lives and work of sailors through musical performance.


The symposium will take place in the Greenmanville Church on the grounds of Mystic Seaport, in Mystic, CT.


Topics of interest have included: 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, regional interests, the use of sea music in literature, and popular culture.


Presentations with audiovisual components are welcome. Graduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal. All proposals should be 1-2 pages and should include a thesis, an explanation, and a list of sources.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Friday, March 27, 2020.


PLEASE SUBMIT PROPOSALS and a brief curriculum vitae or resume to Erik Ingmundson, Director of Interpretation, via e-mail <> or via standard mail:


Erik Ingmundson—Attn: Symposium

Interpretation Dept.—Mystic Seaport

75 Greenmanville Ave.

Mystic, CT 06355-0990

Contact Info: 

Erik Ingmundson

Director of Interpretation

Mystic Seaport Museum