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Society for American Music, Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference

San Antonio, TX, February/March 2008

The Society for American Music invites proposals for papers, panels of 2-3
papers, concerts, lecture-performances, or scholarly posters for its 34th
Annual Conference. The conference will be held in San Antonio, TX,
February 27-March 2, 2008, and will be centered at the historic Menger
Hotel in the city^s vibrant River Walk area. The online and postmark
submission deadline for all proposals is 15 June 2007. More information
may be found at We welcome proposals involving
American music and aspects of its cultures anywhere in the world. We
especially welcome proposals addressing

       Border, Tejano, and conjunto music, perhaps highlighting living
		musical legends such as Lydia Mendoza and Flaco Jimnez
       Ethnicity and identity in country music
       Cowboy music and/or the singing cowboy
       Mexican music from any century
       Mission- and colonial-era music
       Regional movements such as 1950s-1970s San Antonio "west-side" sound
       Chicana/Chicano studies
       Latino/Latina studies

Presenters are required to register for the entire conference. The
committee encourages proposals from those who did not present at the 2007
Pittsburgh meeting, but all proposals will be judged primarily on merit.
With the exception of Lecture-Performances, we prefer that all proposals
be submitted via e-mail.

Proposers for all except Lecture-Recitals must specify whether the
proposal is for 1) paper, 2)  poster, or 3) either presentation format,
the latter to be determined by the Program Committee as it builds
sessions. Individual or joint papers should be no longer than twenty
minutes. Lecture-Performances should be no longer than thirty minutes.  
For complete session proposals, the organizer should include an additional
statement explaining the rationale for the session, in addition to
abstracts for each paper.

New in 2008: Research Poster Sessions

The poster format provides an opportunity for SAM members to meet
informally with authors and discuss research. Each author attends his/her
90-minute session, distributes abstracts, and answers questions.
Supporting sound and/or video examples (on personal computers and
utilizing battery, rather than A/C power) will be coordinated with other
presenters once sessions have been formed by the Program Committee.  
Further poster guidelines may be found at

Include the following for all submissions:

1) 250-word proposal

2) 100-word abstract suitable for publication in the conference program

3) audio and visual needs selected from the following list only: CD and
audiocassette player, overhead projector, VHS/DVD player, LCD projector.
Due to logistics and the high cost of renting this equipment, we cannot
accommodate AV changes once a proposal is accepted.

4) proposer^s name, address, phone number(s), e-mail address, and
institutional affiliation or city of residence For Lecture-Performances
please include the above-mentioned materials, plus:

5) seven copies of a recording (CD, cassette tape, DVD, or VHS)

6) an addressed, stamped mailer if you would like the recordings returned

7) a list of any other needs (e.g., piano, music stand, space for dance
demonstration, choral risers)

All materials must be electronically date-stamped (online submission) or
postmarked (mail submission) by 15 June 2007.  In the case of online
submission failure (only), submit to by the same
deadline. Postal submissions should be addressed to: Kay Norton, Chair,
SAM 2008 Program Committee, School of Music E 301, Arizona State
University, PO Box 870405, Tempe, AZ 85287-0405, USA.
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