Call for Papers - Women and the Sea in the Early Modern World

Posted: Monday 10th July 2023

Call for Papers - Women and the Sea in the Early Modern World

Symposium at the University of Plymouth

Date: 6-7 September 2023

This symposium will bring together scholars to examine women and their interactions with the sea and maritime world from 1500-1750. We invite submissions for 20-minute papers from PhD students, early career researchers and established researchers from across the world. The symposium will run in a hybrid and in person format.

Proposals may cover topics that includes but are not limited to the following themes

• Experiences of women at sea
• Women living and working in maritime communities (dockyards, port towns; fishing)
• Women and the Navy
• Women and Piracy
• Women and migration
• Enslaved women and the sea
• Indigenous women and the sea
• Women and private companies (EIC; VOC etc)
• Material culture of women at sea
• Lives ashore – separation from sailor husbands/family members
• Gender and the Sea

Closing Date for abstracts: 6 August 2023

Please email your abstract of 200-300 words and a short biography/CV to: 

The University of Plymouth are able to provide some support to PGR students and ECRs to help with the cost of attending the event in person – please get in touch with the organisers as soon as possible if you would like to find out about this

• Dr Anna Maria Forssberg, Vasa Museum
• Dr Deborah Hamer, New Netherlands Institute
• Dr Elaine Murphy, University of Plymouth

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