International Conference on the Blues
Delta State University (Cleveland, Mississippi)
Friday, July 13, 2018
Review Begins: 
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Delta State University is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, lecture-performances, workshops, panels, and clinics for the 5th 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 world cultures

  • 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

Papers are invited from scholars, including authors, performers, African American music enthusiasts, and independent researchers. Topics of an interdisciplinary nature are welcomed.

Additionally, to support young and emerging scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty), The Luther Brown Prize will be awarded to the outstanding young scholar paper.

All presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, followed by additional time for discussion.

Proposals must be submitted online. 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 registration fees.

For more information, please contact conference co-chairs Shelley Collins and Don Allan Mitchell at or visit the website

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