CfP: Shanty and Sea Song Symposium (Åland)

Open University and Åland Maritime Museum:
“Shanty and Sea Song Symposium”
3rd July 2015 – Åland Maritime Museum, Mariehamn, Åland Islands
Deadline: 10 Apr 2015
Website: www.sjofartsmuseum.ax, www.visitaland.com

The Open University and Åland Maritime Museum are collaborating to organise a public symposium of research on shanties and sea songs at the Museum alongside the Baltic Shanty Festival www.facebook.com/balticshanty?fref=ts, which runs from the 3-5 July 2015. This symposium continues the work of the Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns Research Network, funded by the AHRC in 2012-2014.

We will be looking to programme a broad variety of topics. We are open to presentations which examine particular traditions of sea songs from all over the world as well as those which trace common repertoire, historical topics as well as consideration of mid-twentieth century and contemporary revivals (including collecting and preservation), those that focus on music during the voyage and in sailortowns.

However, of prime importance is that we are looking for presenters who will deliver their research in an accessible and engaging way to a diverse and primarily non-academic audience. Following the event, we will be developing an online database of resources on shanties and sea songs for researchers, curators, musicians and enthusiasts and will also look towards opportunities for collaborative publication.

Submission please provide a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words. This should include details of how you will make your presentation engaging and stimulating for a non-academic audience. You may find the guidelines on the website of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement helpful www.publicengagement.ac.uk/do-it/techniquesapproaches/engaging-presentations. The conference language is English.

Please send proposals to Dr Catherine Tackley, catherine.tackley -at- open.ac.uk by 10th April 2015. Decisions will be notified shortly after this date.

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