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International Conference on the Blues
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10/5/2015 to 10/6/2015
When: 10/5/2015
Where: Delta State University
Cleveland, Mississippi 
United States

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Delta State University is now accepting proposals for workshops, papers, presentations, and clinics for the International Conference on the Blues, which will be held October 5–6, 2015. Last year's conference drew over 400 attendees, with scholars representing seven countries and 35 universities. 

Topics of general interest to scholars and enthusiasts are welcome: African American musical tradition and its influence on American music and culture; the Blues; folklore; history; ethnicity; and the Delta. Topics of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged.

You are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations, lecture-recitals, performances, panels, workshops, and poster sessions. Offers to serve as moderators are also welcome. Papers will be twenty minutes in length, with an additional ten minutes for discussion, and should address a general audience. Independent scholars and Blues enthusiasts are welcome to submit proposals.

Proposals should be submitted online via beginning on May 1, 2015 through June 1, 2015. Please include a description of the presentation, audio/visual equipment needs, and biographical information for all presenters. Please note that not all A/V requests may be granted. Presenters agree to appear at the conference at their own expense, which will include registration fees.

Papers are particularly invited from young and developing scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty). To encourage young scholars to attend, the registration fee will be reduced if registration is received before August 1, 2015. A prize will be awarded to the outstanding young scholar paper.

Juke Joint on the Stage: This sampler concert/jam session will include local musicians, visitors, and scholars. To be considered for the performance, please contact Don Allan Mitchell, Department of Languages and Literature at

Cleveland, Mississippi, recently named by Smithsonian Magazine as #2 of the top 20 small cities to visit in the country, is located 45 minutes from the Greenville (MS) Airport and approximately two hours from the Memphis (TN) and Jackson (MS) airports.

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