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Delta Symposium XVI: Region and the Politics of Culture issues call for papers

Nov. 6, 2009 -- The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University opens a call for papers and presentations for the 16th annual Delta Symposium, to be held on the campus of ASU-Jonesboro Wednesday-Saturday,
April 7-10, 2010. 
The deadline for entries is Jan. 15, 2010.

Proposals that support this year's theme of "Region and the Politics of Culture" are especially encouraged. Symposium participants will offer presentations that explore ways in which the representation of culture within the region is implicated in wider social and political movement, but other proposals relevant to the history, culture, arts, music, or politics of the region are also welcome.

The symposium hosts scholars and students of the humanities and social sciences, and features multidisciplinary presentations on topics ranging from blues and other forms of music associated with the Delta to historical and contemporary issues relevant to the region. Papers are welcomed from scholars in all disciplines.

The event offers a variety of presentations, including panels, musical and theatrical performances, keynote speakers, and readings/signings by prominent authors and poets. Trudier Harris, the author of “Summer Snow” and “The Scary Mason Dixon Line,” who recently retired from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Roland Freeman, the photographer-founder of the Group for Cultural Documentation in Washington, D.C., and a winner of the 2007 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, have agreed to headline the program.

Further information can be had by contacting the Delta Symposium Committee or by checking the Symposium Web site at:
For more details, contact the Delta Symposium Committee co-chair Dr. Carol O’Connor at (870) 972-3973. Submit entries to ASU College of Humanities and Social Services, P.O. Box 1150, State University, AR 72467.

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