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Delta Symposium XXI: The South Goes to the Movies
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4/8/2015 to 4/11/2015

When: 4/8/2015
Where: Arkansas State University
State University, Arkansas  
United States
Gregory Hansen


The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University opens a call for papers and presentations for the twenty-first annual Delta Symposium April 8–11, 2015. Individual presentations on topics relevant to the history and culture of Arkansas and the Mississippi Deltas are welcome. The Delta Symposium features scholarship on blues and other musical expressions, and the symposium's focus also includes a wide variety of expressive forms that are resonant with Delta history and culture.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address this year's theme, "The South Goes to the Movies.” Participants are invited to explore how America’s South is represented in film and video. The committee is interested treatments of southern history and culture in film as well as influences of movies on southern communities. Projects that look at movies that have direct connections to Arkansas and the Delta are especially welcome.

The Delta Symposium features research in the humanities and social sciences at the conference, but the 2015 event features a number of unique partnerships. ASTATE’s College of Media and Communication is contributing to the event by hosting the Delta Film Festival within the symposium. Filmmakers and video artists are invited to submit entries for screening during the event. Filmmakers who are submitting entries for the Delta Film Festival should contact the film festival coordinator, Dr. Michael Bowman (, for information on submitting proposals. The event will also feature the Saturday afternoon Roots Music Festival with continued support from KASU FM 91.9.

Another new event planned for the 2015 event is a day of featured papers devoted to scholarship on Bob Dylan. These presentations will be showcased during special sessions scheduled for Saturday, April 11. Research that connects scholarship to Bob Dylan and the Delta Symposium’s theme is encouraged, but entries that look at Dylan’s artistry and life history using any relevant approach are welcome.

For further information, contact the Delta Symposium committee members, visit the symposium website (, or visit us on Facebook under "Delta Symposium." Deadline for entries is December 4, 2014, and each entry should consist of the following:

  • Presenter’s name and affiliation
  • Contact information, including address, phone, and email address
  • Technical needs for your presentation
  • Vita (2 pages)
  • A 200-word abstract of the presentation

Delta Symposium Committee
c/o Dr. Lauri Umansky and Dr. Gregory Hansen
Arkansas State University
Dept. of English and Philosophy
P.O. Box 1890
State University, AR 72467
Phone: 870-972-3043
Fax: 870-972-3045



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