As this year’s theme poses, “the roof is on fire” and the water is rising, but perhaps this water provides respite from the confines of our social roles. This panel explores open water as liminal space with its loosely defined—or absent—borders facilitating broader self-expression for the people working, serving, and living upon it. We call for scholarship examining ways in which contemporaneous boundaries of gender and sexuality have been expanded, rejected, and/or pantomimed on the high seas, ranging from the expression of 18th century pirates to 19th century whalers to 20th century naval officers.
We welcome scholarship across disciplines, eras, and creative formats. If interested, please send a 300-word abstract and brief bio to email@example.com by January 23, 2022.