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18–19 January –“Europe, Maritime Security and Small Navies”
King’s College, London, UK
Sponsored by the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies at the National University Ireland Maynooth, the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King’s College London and the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University.
The conference seeks to identify and explore gaps in our understanding of maritime security and of the role and activity of small navies in Europe. With an increasingly connected, contested and complex international maritime security climate the conference also aims to develop better understanding of the utility of smaller navies in addressing emergent threats.

14–17 February—Maritime Heritage Conference
New Orleans, LA
Sponsored this year by Tall Ships America, the triennial conference draws together the many fields of our maritime heritage community. Theme for the conference is  Our Maritime Communities—Stronger Together. The conference will offer a combination of focus sessions, plenary sessions, forums and maritime heritage paper presentations encompassing a broad array of topics including: national maritime sanctuaries, the Maritime Heritage Grant program, shipbuilding, underwater archaeology, maritime art, and much more.

28–31 March – “Sea Literature, History and Culture”: Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline for the Call for Papers is 1 October 2017.
Presentations related to fresh-water or sea-water may include topics such as:
Literature, comics, art, music, television & movies
History, politics, war & peace
Culture, anthropology & ecology
Folklore, mythology, legends & hoaxes
Ships, boats, & other water craft
Aquatic life
Recreation, travel, tourism & festivals

29 March–1 April – “The Oceanic Turn”: Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association
UCLA – University of California ,Los Angeles
“This seminar invites papers that consider the oceanic, the space that extends from the highest tide-line to the undersea areas, including its tides, organisms and creatures, and their manifestations in texts (broadly construed). It also invites papers that consider the region sometimes known as Oceania, Te Moana Nui, or the Pacific Ocean as a scholarly framework, including scholarship that takes up recent discussions about the relationships of the ocean, Indigeneity, and empire. It welcomes papers that engage with diverse oceans as well as with the relations among them. Further paper topics might include submersion and the vast expanse below the surface, and the impact of climate change and in particular drought and sea level rise.  And we welcome papers that engage with what Jaimey Hamilton Faris has called neso-aesthetics, that is, how aesthetic texts engage with and articulate the space, place and politics specific to (oceanic) islands.”

4–6 April – Council of American Maritime Museums Annual Conference
National Museum of Bermuda
Visit the CAMM website for further information on the conference, Call for Papers, and lodging information as it becomes available.

9–11 May 2018 – 5th Mediterranean Maritime History Network Conference
Constanța, Romania
Extended Call for Papers: 30 September 2017
On the trail of the ancient Greeks’ trading emporia and the entrepreneurship of the bold Venetians and Genoese sea-farers, having in mind the examples of the Ottomans who closely guarded it and the modern merchants who discovered its rich agricultural resources, MMHN further extends its focus towards the Black Sea and its complex connections with the Mediterranean world.
Watch the MMHN website for more information.

29–30 June – “New Histories of Pacific Whaling”
University of Hawaii, Mānoa, HI
Co-sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center, the University of Oregon, and the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, New Zealand

4–7 December – 6th World Maritime Technology Conference
Shanghai, China
Host of the 2018 event will be the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and will be held at the Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel. The deadline for abstract submissions is 30 Nov 2017.