Month: December 2015

37th Annual Symposium “MUSIC OF THE SEA,” June 10-11, 2016

Mystic Seaport’s 37th Annual Symposium




Sponsored by Mystic Seaport and the University of Connecticut at Avery Point


June 10 & 11, 2016



Working lines aboard the Whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Photo credit John Bryant.




We are seeking proposals for papers in History, Literature, Folklore, Ethnomusicology, 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 Friday, June 10, session will be held at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point in Groton, CT, and the Saturday, June 11, session at 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.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE is February 20, 2016. Audiovisually illustrated presentations welcome.

Graduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Proposals should be 1-2 pages and should include a thesis, an explanation, and a list of sources.


PLEASE SUBMIT PROPOSALS and a brief curriculum vita or resume to Tom Brillat, Director of Interpretation, via e-mail at <> or via standard mail at:


Tom Brillat—Attn: Symposium

Interpretation Dept.—Mystic Seaport

75 Greenmanville Ave.

Mystic, CT 06355-0990