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33rd Annual NCMHC Conference 2023 Call for Papers: Legacies of Maritime Carolina

When: November 30 - December 2, 2023

Where: East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

The story of North Carolina is closely interwoven with the maritime world. Throughout prehistory, American Indian tribes utilized dugout canoes to maintain lines of communication, trade, and relied on the marine environment. Ships of exploration and colonial craft of every description plied coastal, sound, and riverine waters. Vessels of piracy, warfare, and commerce led to legendary shipwrecks, heroic rescues, and enduring maritime mysteries. Over time, maritime industries flourished adjacent to and within the resource rich waters of the Tar Heel State. All this combines to form an incredibly profound maritime heritage, the legacy of which grows with every new discovery. As the maritime research community grows, so does our collective understanding of our maritime past and how it impacts our future. This legacy can be found in historical documents that are preserved by various institutions, family histories or genealogy, in coastal and riverine towns, the landscape of along our coast and inland waterways, or beneath the waves and waters across the Graveyard of the Atlantic. It can also be found in, and formed by, the individuals that seek to study and preserve it.

The 33rd Annual NC Maritime History Council Conference will be held in Greenville, NC hosted by East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime Studies. The theme of the conference is “Legacies of Maritime Carolina.” Through this theme, the NC Maritime History Council would like to honor individuals who leave behind a lasting impact on our maritime history community. Potential topics might include legacies of maritime individuals, lighthouses, ships, or sites; shipbuilding and shipbuilders; naval history; colonialism; the slave trade; Native American legacies; maritime landscapes; maritime industries; historic preservation; and climate change. While the conference committee accepts papers on all aspects of maritime history and archaeology related to North or South Carolina, we especially encourage papers that speak to the conference theme. Presentations by students, both undergraduate and graduate, and independent researchers or members of the community are all welcome and encouraged.

To submit a paper, each individual or group should email the title and a 150-word abstract to the Conference Committee of the NC Maritime History Council, The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is Friday, September 15, 2023.

Conference Information:

Check back soon for updates on venue and hotel accommodations!

Conference Venue: Thursday Reception: TBD Friday Sessions: TBD Saturday Sessions: TBD

Greenville is widely recognized as a thriving cultural, educational, economic, and medical hub of Eastern North Carolina. Enjoy world-class events at East Carolina University and explore the beautiful Tar River at Greenville's Town Common and Greenway. Experience vibrant art, live music, and culinary scene in the Uptown Greenville and Dickinson Avenue Districts.

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