Women and the Sea in the Early Modern World – SYMPOSIUM

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Date / time: 6 September - 7 September, All day

University of Plymouth

Women and the Sea in the Early Modern World - SYMPOSIUM


Symposium at the University of Plymouth | 6-7 September 2023

Women and the Sea in the Early Modern World

Call for Papers, deadline – 6 August 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

Please email your abstract of 2-300 words and a short biography/CV to: elaine.murphy@plymouyth.ac.uk.

We 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

Closing Date for abstracts: 6 August 2023