Delta Symposium XX: Diversities in the Delta
Call for Papers
The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University opens a call for papers and presentations for the twentieth annual Delta Symposium April 2 – 5, 2014. Individual presentations on any topic relevant to the history and culture of Arkansas and the Mississippi Deltas are welcome. The Delta Symposium often features scholarship on blues and other musical expressions, and the symposium's focus also includes a wide variety of expressive forms that are resonant with Delta history and culture.
Special consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address this year's theme of "Diversities in the Delta." This theme invites participants to explore the multifaceted aspects of diversity in the Delta. The committee invites proposals on diversity in relation to gender, class, race and ethnicity as well as diversity issues relevant to differences in human abilities, religions, age groups, and regional culture within the Delta and the American South. Because the Symposium is multidisciplinary, the committee welcomes ideas that expand our ideas of diversity to include presentations that focus on diversity and the environment and areas that are often outside of the usual rubric of multiculturalism.
The symposium hosts scholars and students of the humanities and social sciences, and features multidisciplinary presentations on topics ranging from literature, music, and art to historical and contemporary issues relevant to life in the region. The event offers a variety of presentations, including panels, concerts, keynote speakers, readings/signings by prominent writers, and the Saturday afternoon Roots Music Festival.
For further information, contact the Delta Symposium Committee or visit the Symposium Web site: http://altweb.astate.edu/blues/ or visit us on Facebook under "Delta Symposium." Deadline for entries is December 2, 2013.
Each entry should consist of the following:
Presenter’s name and affiliation
Contact information, including:
Vita (2 pages)
A 200-word abstract of the presentation
Technical needs for the presentation
Delta Symposium Committee
c/o Dr. Lauri Umansky and Dr. Gregory Hansen, Co-Chairs
Arkansas State University
Dept. of English and Philosophy
P.O. Box 1890
State University, AR 72467