International Conference on the Blues 2021: Call for Papers
Deadline: Thursday, July 1, 2021
Conference date: October 1, 2021
Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi
www.deltastate.edu/blues

Delta State University is now accepting proposals for papers and lecture-performances for the 8th annual International Conference on the Blues. Suggested topics of interest include but are not limited to:

 ●  Music of the African diaspora
 ●  Black musical traditions and influences on American music and culture
 ●  The influence of blues, gospel, spirituals, and soul music
 ●  Black music as protest and social commentary
 ●  Black artists and the music industry

Papers are invited from scholars, including authors, performers, African American music enthusiasts, and independent researchers. We also welcome young and emerging scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty).

Due to Covid-19, the conference format will be a hybrid of live performances; live streamed presentations; and presentations recorded in advance. To allow for flexibility due to travel-related uncertainty, especially for international guests, presenters should indicate their preferences for place-based or virtual presentations.

The conference begins Friday morning and continues until the early evening. The morning features performances connecting the Black gospel tradition to the blues, including Grammy nominee Jontavious Willis,  and the afternoon features academic presentations, all of which will be streamed and recorded for wide distribution.  

Prior to the conference, "Shake and Holla," featuring Grammy-nominated artist Cedric Burnside and The Rebirth Brass Band and the North Mississippi Allstars will be performing a separately-ticketed event on Thursday, September 30 on the Delta State Campus.

IMPORTANT:

Proposals must be submitted online via https://tinyurl.com/Blues2021. Please include a description of the presentation, audio/visual equipment needs, and biographical information for all presenters. Please note that not all A/V requests may be granted. Presenters agree to appear at the conference at their own expense, which will include a registration fee of $100, and to have their presentations recorded. All presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, followed by additional time for discussion, and should address a general audience of scholars, students, and blues fans.

For more information, please contact co-chairs Shelley Collins and Don Allan Mitchell at blues@deltastate.edu or visit www.deltastate.edu/blues.

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Deadline: Thursday, July 1, 2021
Review of proposals will begin immediately.
PRESENTER INFORMATION
email address *
Title *
Name *
First & Last (as you would like it to appear in conference program)
Pronouns
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Title of Proposal *
100 character limit, including spaces & punctuation. Will be included in program book. Italics may be indicated by using an asterisk * before/after.
To allow for flexibility due to travel-related uncertainty, especially for international guests, presenters should indicate their preferences for place-based or virtual presentations. *
Institutional Affiliation *
Institution at which you work or study (or indicate "Independent Scholar")
Tell us about yourself *
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City *
State *
ZIP *
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Mobile Phone *
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Website
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Presenter bio *
For conference program. 300 *character* limit (not 300 words), including spaces and punctuation. Please use complete sentences. Bios may be edited for clarity. Please do not send a longer bio and ask us to shorten it or refer to a bio on a website. Proposals without bios will not be considered.
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PROPOSAL INFORMATION
Short description *
Please include an overview of your presentation/paper, targeted for a general audience including scholars, students, and the community. There is a 200 character limit, including spaces & punctuation. Please use complete sentences. This description will be included in the conference program.
Long description for program committee *
Proposal of presentation, paper, lecture, performance, etc. for consideration by Program Committee. Will not be included in program book. May also include links to YouTube, Google Drive, and/or Dropbox.
Type of presentation *
Timing of presentation in minutes *
All presentations must be 20 minutes or under. Presentations exceeding the time limit will be concluded by a moderator.
Audio/Visual needs *
Please note that not all A/V requests may be granted. Presenters are highly encouraged to load their presentations onto the university computers in advance. Presenters who must use their own laptops are responsible for bringing video adapters or cables (especially for Macs) and MUST have backup copies on a flash drive and/or cloud. International guests who need to use their own electronic equipment should bring power adapters and converters for US outlets (120V). DSU's WiFi will be available for all guests.
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By checking this box, I indicate that I understand that not all A/V requests may be granted; I agree to appear at the conference at my own expense; and to have my presentation recorded. I understand that my presentation will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, followed by additional time for discussion. *
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By checking this box, I indicate that if I am selected to present at the International Conference of the Blues and agree to do so, I will pay the registration fee of $100. I understand that my payment must be received in order to present. *
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