“Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents,” 3-8 December 2016, deadline 15 June 2016

“Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents,” 3-8 December 2016, deadline 15 June 2016

full name / name of organization:
Ben P. Robertson / Troy University
contact email:

CFP: “Literature at Sea: Maritime Literary Currents”
Mobile, AL, USA, 3-8 December 2016

Abstracts are invited for a conference on literature and the sea, 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:

  • Literature of or about the sea
  • Metaphorical seas
  • Mexico and the sea
  • Mythology and the sea
  • Sublimity and the sea
  • Transatlantic/transpacific confluences
  • Oceania and island culture
  • Caribbean authors and the sea
  • International trade
  • Environmental literature and the sea
  • Politics
  • Aquatic life and literature
  • Seascapes in literature
  • Recreation and the sea
  • Tourism
  • Ships and shipping
  • Navigation
  • Maps
  • War and other conflict
  • Visual art
  • Travel writing
  • Sea monsters
  • Shipwrecks and survival
  • Piracy
  • Storms
  • Atlantis
  • Utopias/dystopias

Please visit https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=litsea2016 to submit a 250-word abstract and ONE-page biographical note or CV by 15 June 2016. You will need to create an EasyChair account to submit your materials (linked at the aforementioned URL). Questions about the conference may be addressed to litsea2016@easychair.org. The conference web site is available at http://spectrum.troy.edu/conference.

This conference is scheduled to take place aboard the M. S. Carnival Fantasy, which will be sailing from Mobile, Alabama, USA, 3-8 December 2016, with stops in Mexico at the ports of Progreso and Cozumel. 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 15 July 2016.