Call for Papers: The Haunted South

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Delta Symposium XXVI: The Haunted South

Call for Papers

Location: Jonesboro, AR (USA)
Abstract deadline: December 19, 2019

The Department of English, Philosophy, and World Languages at Arkansas State University opens a call for papers and presentations for the twenty-sixth annual Delta Symposium, 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. What memories of the past metaphorically continue to haunt people in our 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 2020 event will conclude on Saturday with the Arkansas Roots Music Festival through continued support from KASU FM 91.9.

The deadline for entries is December 20, 2019. Each entry should consist of the following: Presenter’s name and affiliation and a 150-word abstract of the presentation as well as a current Vita (2 pages max). Please include your address, phone number, e-mail address, and the technical needs for your presentation.

Delta Symposium Committee
c/o Dr. Gregory Hansen, Chair
Arkansas State University
Dept. of English, Philosophy, and World Languages
P.O. Box 189
State University, AR 72467 
Phone: 870-972-3043
Fax: 870-972-304

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