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Music of the Erie Canal Symposium
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11/2/2012 to 11/3/2012
When: 11/2/2012
Where: Syracuse, New York 
United States
Contact: Lisa Overholser

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The New York Folklore Society and the Erie Canal Museum announce a Call
for Proposals for their public symposium, "Music of the Erie Canal", to take
place November 2 - 3, 2012 in Syracuse, NY. Below is the announcement
text; a full announcement, as well as a link to the Proposal Submissions
Guide and Form, are available at:

The Erie Canal was a magnificent feat of engineering and transportation in
the history of the United States, but it also left a significant cultural
legacy that was integral in shaping the American soundscape. New musical
communities and institutions were developed as a result of new migration
patterns, and thanks to the ease of mobility and communication that the
canal fostered, it was also a prime catalyst in cultural transmission.
Indeed, the Erie Canal not only created a whole new body of distinctly
American musical forms, but it was also a prime example of the folkloric
process in action.

The New York Folklore Society, in conjunction with the Erie Canal Museum,
will be hosting a public symposium about the Music of the Erie Canal on
November 2 and 3, 2012. We invite presentations, papers, and
demonstrations on the Music of the Erie Canal. Possible themes include
songs and the folk process; the creation of community; archives and
collections; popular music of the Canal; the Erie Canal as presented in
music education, but we are open to other potential themes as well.
Papers and presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length;
performances, demonstrations or lecture-demonstrations should be no more
than 30 minutes in length. Poster presentations and other presentation
formats also considered.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply; interested presenters and
participants should complete a Proposal Form. The final deadline for
submission of proposals is June 29, 2012. Notification of acceptance will
occur by September 14, 2012.

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