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CFP: Delta Symposium XXII: Representing Cultural Heritage

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The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University opens a call for papers and presentations for the twenty-second annual Delta Symposium April 13 – 16, 2016. Individual presentations on topics relevant to the history and culture of the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas are welcome. The Delta Symposium features scholarship on a wide variety of expressive forms that are resonant with Delta history and culture.

Participants are invited to explore how historical and cultural resources are identified and represented as heritage in both academic scholarship and public presentations. Special consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address this year's theme "Representing Cultural Heritage.” The Delta Symposium presents work from multidisciplinary approaches including literary criticism, cultural studies, history, anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, sociology, speech communication, and heritage studies. We are also interested in presentations by educators and museum staff from within the region. Proposals that have direct connections to Arkansas and the Delta are especially welcome, but more general proposals that also address the theme will be considered.

The Delta Symposium features research in the humanities and social sciences at the conference, but the 2016 event features a number of unique partnerships. A-STATE’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.

The 2016 event also includes a day of featured papers devoted to scholarship on Bob Dylan. These presentations will be showcased during special sessions scheduled for Saturday, April 16. Research that connects scholarship to Bob Dylan and the Delta are encouraged, but entries that look at Dylan’s artistry and life history using any relevant approach are welcome.

For further information, contact the DeltaSymposium committee members or visit the Symposium Web site: or visit us on Facebook under "Delta Symposium."The deadline for entries is December 11, 2015. Each entry should consist of the following:

Presenter’s name and affiliation

Contact information, including:



E-mail address

Technical needs for your presentation

Vita (2 pages max)

A 150-word abstract of the presentation

Delta Symposium Committee

c/o Dr. Gregory Hansen, Chair

Arkansas State University

Dept. of English and Philosophy

P.O. Box 189

State University, AR 72467

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