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CFP: Delta Symposium XXVI: The Haunted South

Wednesday, September 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

The Department of English, Philosophy, and World Languages at Arkansas State University invites submissions of papers and presentations for the twenty-sixth annual Delta Symposium, being held April 8–11, 2020 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The Delta Symposium features a wide variety of scholarship and presentations that focus on the Delta’s history, culture and literature. Individual and panel presentations on topics relevant to the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas and southeastern United States are welcome.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address this year's theme of “The Haunted South.” The symposium organizers will present research that explores the theme of literal hauntings by providing a forum for the study of haunted sites, ghost stories, legends and memorates as well as other research on the paranormal. The Delta Symposium committee also is interested in ways that haunting serves as a symbolic trope in creative expression. Papers that attempt to answer the questions listed below are also encouraged:

  • What memories of the past metaphorically continue to haunt people in the Delta/southeastern region?
  • How has the trope of the “haunted south” remained salient to writers, artists, photographers, and musicians in the Delta and the wider region?
  • How might the theme of hauntedness relate to memory studies, critical theory, and other approaches to contemporary studies of literature and culture?

The Delta Symposium presents work from multidisciplinary approaches including literary criticism, cultural studies, history, anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, sociology, speech communication, arts and art history, and heritage studies.  Although proposals that have direct connections to Arkansas and the Delta are especially welcome, more general proposals that also address the theme within Southern history, culture, and heritage will be considered.

The deadline for entries is December 20, 2019. Each entry should consist of the following:

  • Presenter’s name and affiliation;
  • A 150-word abstract of the presentation
  • A current Vita

***Please include your address, phone number, e-mail address, and the technical needs for your presentation

Submit all submissions to:

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

 For more information on this conference, visit Delta Symposium.


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