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Call for Proposals

Dislocation and the Delta

The Department of English, Philosophy, and World Languages at Arkansas State University opens a call for papers and presentations for the twenty-fifth annual Delta Symposium April 10-13, 2019.  The Delta Symposium features a wide variety of scholarship that focuses on the Delta’s history and culture. Individual and panel presentations on topics relevant to the history and culture of the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas and surrounding regions are welcome.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address this year's theme of “Dislocation and the Delta.” The focus is on how people have been dislocated from their own communities as well as on ways that dislocated people have come to live in the region. Papers may explore a range of topics that are relevant to historical dislocations, such as the dislocation of people in connection to the early 20th century’s great migration or the dislocation of Japanese-Americans into the region during World War II in sites that include the Rohwer Relocation Center. The Delta Symposium will provide opportunities to explore the social, cultural, and political implications of contemporary dislocations such as the decline in the region’s rural populations. Presentations that offer insight into contemporary shifts in population that force people to leave the region are especially encouraged, and presenters are welcome to offer their insights through their historical analysis as well as their scholarship on the literature, music, architecture, arts, and other forms of expression that are connected to the region and its people.

The Delta Symposium presents work from multidisciplinary approaches including literary criticism, cultural studies, history, anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, sociology, speech communication, 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 17, 2018. 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.

Entries can be submitted via the contact information below.

Submitting Your Proposals

Entries and inquiries may be directed 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
(870) 972-3043