Call for Papers: North American Society for Oceanic History 2013 Conference


Call for Papers

 The North American Society for Oceanic History

2013 Annual Conference

Alpena, Michigan

15-18 May 2013


NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will host the 2013 Annual Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History. It will take place 15-18 May 2013 at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, in Alpena, Michigan on the shores of Lake Huron.

The Conference theme will be “Maritime Borderlands and Cultural Landscapes.”

The past two decades have seen a refocusing of scholarship in “borderlands” history with studies of physical and figurative spaces among and between states and cultures transforming our understanding of North American places and peoples. In a similar development, Maritime history and archaeology have embraced the cultural landscape as a means for understanding and illustrating human connections to coastal and marine places. Through borderlands and cultural landscapes, scholars are re-examining the past in ways that are interdisciplinary, multi-cultural, and call into question long-held assumptions of economy, empire, environmental impact, and geographical meaning.

Using the international borderlands of the Great Lakes as a backdrop, the 2013 NASOH Annual Conference invites paper and session proposals that explore maritime borderlands or cultural landscapes, or an interweaving of both to examine the meaning and processes of our maritime heritage. Suggested topic areas include cultural borderlands, race, gender, archaeology, empire, military, indigenous, environmental, public history, and parks and protected areas. Additional topics and geographic focuses are welcome for submission. Papers from graduate students and junior scholars with fresh approaches to maritime history are greatly encouraged.

Students may apply for a Chad Smith Travel Grant to assist in travel to present a paper at the conference. Additionally, the Clark G. Reynolds Student Paper Award is provided each year to the author of the best paper by a graduate student delivered at the society’s annual conference. Please see the awards section of the NASOH website for details.

Individual paper proposals should include a.) An abstract, not to exceed 250 words b). A 250-word presenter bio c.) Contact information including phone number, address, affiliation, and email. Panel proposals may also be submitted inclusive of the above information for each paper.

The deadline for proposal submission is January 1, 2013. Please submit proposal packets electronically to the Program Committee. These should be sent to: Program Co-Chair Vic Mastone at NASOH members interested in serving as panel chairs, please send an email to the Program Committee at the above address.

Further information about the Conference can be found online at or by contacting Conference Chair Cathy Green at or at 989-356-8805 ext.10.

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