Department of Music

Delta Blues Symposium X: The 1950s
Jonesboro, AR, March 2004


Call for Papers

Delta Blues Symposium X: The 1950s

Jonesboro, AR, March 2004


The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University --
Jonesboro campus is sponsoring its tenth Delta Blues Symposium on 25-27
March 2004.  We welcome presentations on any aspect of Delta life (art,
education, folklore, history, music, literature, politics, and sociology)
and are particularly interested in proposals which focus on the
seven-state Mississippi River Delta and its culture during the 1950s.
Topics responding specifically to Symposium X's theme might deal, for
example, with the impact of the Brown v. Board decision, the decade's
literature and art, the rise of agribusiness, migration from the Delta,
rockabilly music, and, of course, Elvis.

The Delta Blues Symposia have provided opportunities for scholars,
artists, performers, and the general public with an interest in the blues
and in the Mississippi River Delta to come together to share insights,
discuss issues, and celebrate a regional culture. Among the presenters at
Symposium X will be rock 'n' roll pioneers Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee
Riley and Joel Williamson, Lineberger Professor in the Humanities at the
University of North Carolina.

Proposals for participation should consist of 250-word abstracts for
papers and organized panels or a sample of work for creative
presentations. The deadline for proposals is 5 January 2004.  Address
materials to

	Delta Blues Symposium X
	Department of English and Philosophy
	PO Box 1890
	Arkansas State University
	State University, AR 72467
	USA
	Phone:   +1-870-972-3043
	Fax:     +1-870-972-3045
	E-mail:  delta@astate.edu
	Website: www.clt.astate.edu/blues