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Delta Blues Symposium XI: Imagining the Delta
Jonesboro, AR, April 2005

Delta Blues Symposium XI: Imagining the Delta

	The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University
(Jonesboro campus) announces its eleventh annual Delta Blues Symposium, to be held
7-9 April 2005. The theme for Delta Blues Symposium XI is "Imagining the Delta."
Presentations are encouraged from scholars and students of the humanities and social
sciences-especially anthropology, art history, economics, folklore studies,
geography, history, literature, musicology, political science, and sociology. Topics
which focus on the Symposium's theme may examine the ways in which the seven-state
Mississippi River Delta has been imagined in mass media, history, and various forms
of expressive culture; continues to be presented and represented; and is defined by
those who foresee the Delta's future. We especially encourage presentations on Delta
writers who have previously appeared at symposia, including Lewis Nordan, Ellen
Douglas, Ellen Gilchrist, Steve Yarbrough, Beverly Lowry, Yusef Komunyakaa, Arthur
Flowers, and Michael Harper.

	Although we especially encourage presentations that deal with "Imagining the
Delta," we welcome proposals for papers and panels which deal with any aspect of the
region or with the blues, perhaps the region's most famous export.

	Delta Blues Symposium XI will be a particularly important installment in this
series of conferences as we begin our second decade. Featured participants on the
program include novelist John Dufresne, folklorist Henry Glassie, and bluesman Little

 	Program proposals may be for individual presentations or for panels. These
should be sent as 100-word abstracts. We also urge participation by creative writers
and other artists. Please send samples of previous work for our consideration. The
submission deadline is 14 January 2005. The registration fee of $25.00, which covers
Symposium expenses and brings a one-year subscription to Arkansas Review, will be
collected after proposals have been accepted. Note that this fee is waived for
currently enrolled students.

	Proposals may be sent via post, e-mail, or fax to the following address:

			Delta Symposium Committee
			Department of English and Philosophy
			PO Box 1890
			Arkansas State University
			State University, AR 72467
			Phone: +1-870-972-3043
			Fax:   +1-870-972-3045.

Further information can be had by contacting the Delta Symposium Committee or by
checking the Symposium website:

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