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Philip Hayward (University of Technology, Sydney & Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia), author of Making a Splash! Mermaids (and Mermen) in 20th and 21st Century Audiovisual Media (forthcoming, JLP/University of Indiana Press).
Jenny Kokai (Weber State University, Ogden, USA), author of Swim Pretty: Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature (forthcoming, Southern Illinois University Press).
How to make a presentation.
Papers and panels are invited on all aspects of mermaids and related entities in 19th-
• Representations in popular culture and fine art
• Aficionado cultures and/or cosplay
• Contemporary folk belief
• Cultural Theory and interpretation
• Sexualities and identification
• Roles as objects of horror, comedy, sex, etc.
• International comparisons.
The deadline for abstracts was 31 March 2017. However, in cases of exceptionally interesting topics, we are willing to consider late abstracts. You can submit your abstract here. Artists working in various media are also invited to approach the organisers about presenting their work at the conference.
Participants will be invited to submit expanded versions of their papers to a special issue of the journal Shima (http://www.shimajournal.org) on theme of ‘Mermaids, Maritime Folklore & Modernity’ to be published in 2018.
Conference on Mermaids,
Maritime Folklore, and Modernity
This interdisciplinary conference addresses mermaid and related creatures from folklore, myth, legend, and the imagination in 19th-
The past decades have seen an explosion of mermaid imagery in global popular culture, across cinema, television, literature, music, design, performance, cosplay, and web-
Cultural globalisation has granted mermaid associations to numerous non-
About the conference.