Call for Papers
Canadian Nautical Research Society Annual Conference and General Meeting
18-20 August 2016
“Where Rivers Meet Oceans”
New Westminster, British Columbia
The mighty Fraser River, one of Western Canada’s major waterways, winds from the Rocky Mountains down through treacherous gorges to the fertile plains of the Lower Mainland where it meets the sea at the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver. Renowned for its annual salmon run, natural habitat and present industrial and shipping uses, the river has fostered settlement and work for millennia, first with the Coast Salish peoples and later immigrants from around the world. New Westminster, the province’s first capital and gateway for the Gold Rush, has a long association with the Fraser River. Once known as Canada’s Liverpool for its port and terminals, the city has become a mature residential suburb with interesting cultural and heritage activities. A riverside promenade, commercial quay, steamboat museum and parklands welcome visitors.
Appropriately, the theme of the 2016 conference to be held in New Westminster is “Where Rivers Meet Oceans”. Papers related to this theme, unimpeded by geography or time period, are invited, as well as any topic in maritime history of interest to a predominantly North American audience.
All individual paper proposals should include the name and affiliation of the presenter, a title, a 250 word abstract, and short bio or CV. Proposals for complete panels should include the same particulars as well as a proposed panel title.
Membership in the Canadian Nautical Research Society is encouraged, though not required. All presenters will have to pay their own conference registration fee. Should presenters wish to publish their paper for a larger audience, the society’s peer-reviewed academic journal The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord is available. http://www.cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/
New Westminster is accessible by public transit direct from the Vancouver International Airport, and has affordable accommodation in the city and close-by in the neighbouring municipalities of Burnaby and Coquitlam.
The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2016.
Please submit by email or post to:
741 East 10th Street
North Vancouver, British Columbia