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Blues Tunes / Blues Texts: Music, Cultures and Literature in the Global South
Southern American Studies Association, Biennial Meeting

University of Mississippi, University, MS, February 14-18, 2007

The Southern American Studies Association (SASA) is inviting paper or
complete panel proposals for its biannual meeting to be hosted by the
University of Mississippi, February 14-18, 2007 in conjunction with the
annual Living Blues Symposium.  The theme of the conference is "Blues
Tunes / Blues Texts: Music, Cultures and Literature in the Global South."  
This truly interdisciplinary meeting that brings together scholars of
literature, culture and music with musicians, radio industry insiders and
fans of the blues will consider ways in which literature and music shape
the living cultures of the global, post-regional South.

Possible paper topics relating to the conference theme include: musical
extentions to and from the U.S. South; African music, African legacies and
retentions in the New World; African-American spirituals, blues, hip-hop,
rap, patterns of call and response, the blues poetic; music in the
colonies, slave musicians; anti-slavery songs; Fisk Jubilee Singers;
ragtime, rock and roll, Elvis; jazz, bebop, soul and the Sacred Harp;
Native American music, instruments and influence; music in the classroom,
questions of pedagogy and power; musical intersections of race, class, and
gender; divas, the marketing of music, culture and ethnicity;
cross-cultural influences in music and literature; the effects of
globalization and transculturation on markets, performers, audiences and
readers; pain and pleasure and more.  As always, however, any proposal in
American Studies will be considered.

In addition to academic discussions and a keynote address by Professor
Farah Griffin (Columbia University), the conference will feature blues
poets and performers, audience jam sessions, a Mississippi Delta Blues
tour, and the production of the live radio show "Thacker Mountain Radio."

Please submit paper proposals (of 250 words) and proposals for complete
panels by October 15, 2006 to Dr. Annette Trefzer, Department of English,
University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677, USA, or email to If you would like to join the SASA, please go to:
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