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Symposium: Call for Proposals

2023 Albert Reed & Thelma Walker Maritime Symposium 

Saturday, October 14, 2023 (Bath, Maine) 

MAKING WAVES: Innovative Maritime Scholarship in a Post-Pandemic World 



Scholars in Maine and around the world navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and its enduring impact to conduct maritime research with creativity and innovation. The 2023 Albert Reed & Thelma Walker Maritime Symposium seeks to foster an exchange of recent maritime research, recognize advancements in sharing inclusive maritime stories, and showcase new and developing access and public engagement practices with maritime collections.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, maritime scholarship with Black, Indigenous, and people of color experiences, gender and women’s studies related to historic and current maritime and shipping industries, local and global impact of Maine’s maritime culture and heritage, and digital scholarship designed to increase public use with maritime collections. The symposium is interdisciplinary and both emerging and established presenters from history, public history, art history, digital history, nautical archaeology, ecology and the sciences, maritime law, and affiliated fields are highly encouraged to apply. 



Proposals should include a one page CV/resume and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Please include this as one document or PDF file when submitting. Both paper and panel proposals are encouraged. Material should include information on all participants. Email proposals to Samantha Sauer, Director of Curatorial Affairs, at sauer@maritimeme.org by midnight, June 12, 2023 with the subject “2023 Symposium Proposal.” The program committee anticipates notification of status and sharing a draft program by July 7. 


Travel Awards 

A limited number of travel awards of $500 are available for graduate students, emerging scholars, and the precariously employed. Please note in your proposal if you would like to be considered for funding. Further information about the 2023 symposium will be available online in early summer 2023. Specific inquiries may be directed to Samantha Sauer at sauer@maritimeme.org


About Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture. Founded in 1962 as the Maine Research Society of Bath, the museum’s campus includes over 20 acres along the Kennebec River. Established in 1973, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first symposium held at Maine Maritime Museum. The symposium continues to serve as an opportunity to connect, explore, and investigate the evolving field of maritime scholarship. Today the museum interprets and shares its collections with the Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library, educational programming, a boatshop, online resources and permanent and special exhibitions. 
Maine Maritime Museum