All I know is this really needs a good cadre of Shellbacks to spend at least 3-hours at a pub prior to the start of the event to prepare to contribute to the discussion in a manner befitting the topic at hand.
Someone at the University of Bristol really has too much time on their hands (I've added pictures because - workshop).
Crossing the Line: Ritual and Superstition at Sea CFPI've got nothing more here.
University of Bristol
A workshop at the ss Great Britain organised by the University of Bristol and the Brunel Institute
Thursday 12 June, 2014
Admission Free / Lunch Provided
Plenary Speaker: Dr Kirsty Reid
What did this ceremony aim to achieve? How seriously should it be taken? This workshop, run by the ‘Perspective from the Sea’ research group at the University of Bristol, invites participants to consider this shipboard ceremony within a number of contexts. These will include (but are not limited to):
• On-board rituals and ceremonies, particularly those taking place in deep water
• Homosocial bonding rituals/ceremonies
• Border-crossing and transgression
• Similar ceremonies involving the subversion of normal hierarchies (i.e. the Boy Bishops)
• Literary representations of the ceremony
• Street theatre and civic pageantry
• The carnivalesque, saturnalia and clowning
• The role of tedium in generating seafaring rituals and superstitions
• The crossing of other lines (i.e. the arctic circle, the Pillars of Hercules, and the date-line)
• Sadism, masochism, and homoeroticism
• The ceremony as a ritual of re-birth
Please send brief abstracts (up to 250 words) to L.[redacted]@bris.ac.uk or Jimmy.[redacted]@bris.ac.uk by Monday 28 April.
Hat tip C.