CFP: International Conference on the Blues

CFP: Delta State University to host 6th Annual International Conference on the Blues

International Conference on the Blues
October 4, 2019
Delta State University
Cleveland, Mississippi

Review of proposals will begin June 15, 2019
Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2019

Delta State University is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, lecture-performances, workshops, panels, and clinics for the 6th annual International Conference on the Blues. Suggested topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • The Blues
  • African American musical traditions and influences on American music and culture
  • Music of the African Diaspora
  • The influence of gospel, spirituals, and soul music
  • The music of the American Civil Rights Movement
  • African American music as social commentary and protest
  • History and culture of the Mississippi Delta
  • Topics of an interdisciplinary nature are welcomed

Papers are invited from scholars, including authors, performers, African American music enthusiasts, and independent researchers. We also welcome young and emerging scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty).

All presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, followed by additional time for discussion, and should address a general audience of scholars, students, and blues fans.

Proposals must be submitted online via **

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 a registration fee of $100.

For more information, please contact Shelley Collins and Don Allan Mitchell at  
or visit

The International Conference on the Blues consists of a full day and night of scholarly activity, discourse, and music on the Delta State University campus.

Academic presentations, Blues performances, a "Blues in the Round" jam session open to participants, and concert add appeal for all audiences. Tickets to a performance by Kool and the Gang, scheduled for Thursday, October 3, may be purchased separately.

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Posted: June 18, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers