CFP: Inaugural Piracy Studies Conference


Below is a call for proposals for the Inaugural Piracy Studies Conference, to be held February 28-29, 2020, at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida. The keynote speakers will be Kris Lane (France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History, Tulane University, and general editor, Colonial Latin American Review) and María Ximena Urbina Carrasco (Instituto de Historia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso). The deadline for proposals is October 15.

Call for Proposals: Renowned academics, including Kris Lane, have employed the term “Piracy Studies” to denote a set of scholarly tendencies that have yet to cohere as a defined area of inquiry with clear objectives. Likewise, the interdisciplinary quality of the field has been asserted, but not fully theorized. While such a potential field of study is not limited to the Early Modern Hispanic world, scholars of colonial and nineteenth-century Latin America have taken particular interest in the potential for Piracy Studies to open vibrant new lines of inquiry. [. . .]

We invite proposals from scholars at all levels, and especially graduate students, for twenty-minute presentations that address any aspect of the intersections between piracy and the history and culture of Latin America in the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. We seek to create dialogue among researchers who work from different disciplinary perspectives and who employ diverse methodologies. Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, cartography, navigation, literature, marginal identities, archives on piracy, and maritime empires or societies.

Proposals (250 words maximum, in Spanish or English) should be submitted to Clayton McCarl ( and Mariana-Cecilia Velázquez ( by one of the following dates:

Regular deadline: October 15, 2019.

[. . .] All presentations will take place on the UNF campus on Friday, February 28, with an optional group dinner in St. Augustine that evening. On Saturday, February 29, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in organized visits to historical and cultural sites related to piracy in St. Augustine and the surrounding area. Participation in the conference itself on Friday will be free, but some costs related to admissions fees and group transportation, etc., may be associated with the optional events on Friday evening and Saturday.

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[Image above: Engraving by Benjamin Cole (1695–1766). From Defoe, Daniel; Johnson, Charles (1724) “Capt. Bartho. Roberts, and His Crew” in A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates, London: T. Warner, pp. plate facing p. 202. Source: From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.]

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