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Subject: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 11:18 AM

Every so often I see interesting CFP (Call for Paper) announcements published on my various academic discussion lists, so I have decided to start a thread to post them. Mudcat has a number of academics who may or may not be interested, but I'd like to call attention to some of these events.

Academia is an interesting place. It isn't all "ivory tower" as non-academics would claim when attempting to dismiss some or all of the scholars or their products that come from universities around the world. There are also many independent scholars who are not specifically affiliated with a particular university, who may, for the love of the subject, continue research and write papers or attend conferences to make presentations when they can. These people may teach, may write, may sell insurance or build boats for a living, but they remain interested in scholarship. My father was one such scholar, a retired reference librarian who spent forty years of his life researching and collecting folk music. I have him in mind as I start this thread.

Having noted the range of possible attendees, conferences are one of the ways in which university embedded academics justify their existence. I've attended enough of them to have heard long strings of papers on the same subject over and over--but the charm of these conferences is the networking, and is that occasional real nugget of scholarship, the New Idea or the lucid presentation of a previously difficult subject. A good conference can the clearinghouse for much of that. Papers often, but not always, go on to be published after being presented.

I have a CFP for a conference in Scotland that has a music component, so I will put it up in the next post. These notices have been posted to various academic discussion lists so don't have copyright problems. If you have a CFP to post, try to be sure the contact people and the web page addresses are present. They usually have what appear to be overly drawn-out deadlines, but it takes time to write a 20-40 page paper, so they're not as generous with the time as you might think.

Anyway, for those who are interested in such things, I will occasionally contribute CFPs that have some aspect of music or folk art scholarship. I hope others will take advantage of this thread as well.

Stilly River Sage

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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 11:27 AM

[note: the topics listed below are suggestions and not limited to these areas only. If you have a topic not listed there, you are still welcome to submit it.]


The Lie of the Land: Scottish Landscape and Culture

Presented by
The Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Stirling
27-30 July 2006

Plenary speakers include:

Neal Ascherson, author of Stone Voices: the Search for Scotland
Prof Lawrence Buell (Harvard), author of The Environmental Imagination
Prof Steve Duguid (Simon Fraser), on John Muir
Prof Murdo Macdonald (Dundee), on revisualising the Highlands in art
James Robertson (novelist and poet) on history and place

Papers are invited on the representation and interpretation of landscape in Scottish cultural production, including literature, drama, music,film, TV, print media, Scottish history, Scottish studies and the visual arts.

The focus can be urban or rural, historical or contemporary, but the central aim of this cross-disciplinary approach is to explore and compare the creative tensions between representation and reality and how the Scottish landscape has been perceived in creative, historical, canonical, critical and theoretical terms. Topics might include, for example:

*       Representations of Scottish landscape in literature or popular films.
*       Travel writing and landscape.
*       Comparative landscapes in writing about Scotland and abroad.
*       Representations of the land, weather, the animal kingdom etc from medieval to modern times.
*       Representations of industry and/or representations of the rural.
*       Urban landscapes in Scottish history and literature
*       The rise of landscape painting.
*       Landscape and photography; landscape and documentary film.
*       How historians have mapped / interpreted the geographical, cultural and economic features of the country.
*       Environmental and eco-critical reflections.

Papers should not be longer than 25 minutes. While formal papers will prevail, proposals for other means of exploring these issues will be welcome.

Further details will be announced on the conference website at

Inquires are welcome at any time. Please post, email or fax a one-page description of your proposed paper along with a brief CV before 1st February 2006.

Send to:

Professor Roderick Watson,

Dr Suzanne Gilbert,

Department of English Studies, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland


The University of Stirling is a university established in Scotland by charter at Stirling, FK9 4LA.

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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Mar 06 - 11:35 PM

First Annual Southwest Writers and Artists Festival

The First Annual Southwest Writers and Artists Festival, hosted by Texas A&M University, is seeking papers, panel proposals, and creative works to be presented at the Festival, October 24-26, 2006, in College Station, Texas.

The Festival will celebrate the arts of the Southwest by inviting notable poets, novelists, essayists, scholars, filmmakers, photographers, painters, songwriters and musicians to the campus for three days of performances, readings, panels, and discussions. Critical and creative submissions may touch on areas relating to the humanities, such as painting, sculpture, literature, history, film, and folklore and mythology, as well as race, gender, class, or ecological readings of the Texas and Southwest region.

Send 150-200 word abstracts of critical works or entire creative works to by April 30, 2006.

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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Mar 06 - 11:49 PM

Very neat idea, SRS. I guess WY/CO wouldn't count as the SouthWest, though, would they?:-)



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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Mar 06 - 12:38 AM


If you can make the case for a strong connection, you can usually get away with blurring boundaries at regional conferences. For example, if you did a paper or presentation about the cattle drives that started in Texas and went into Colorado or Wyoming, then you have the hook you need. Songs that describe work or commerce and that are applicable in different regions may not fall totally in the one this conference covers, but would certainly be worthy of consideration.

Before posting this I searched at Texas A&M in the general calendar and the English department in particular and could find no web page for this event, probably because it's so far out. You can visit later on and see if something has been put up.


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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Mar 06 - 01:26 AM

Thanks! I don't think I'd be able to pull it together that quickly, BUT I am researching the early history of my great-grandfatehr whose obit says he was sent to his brother in Texas at a young age, then left for home in Michigan at 14 and decided to stick around the Cherokee Strip for a few years instead, where, family lore claims, he was one of the longest-lived Deputy Marshalls there, until he left for Colorado. There is some very interesting history from when he made it to CO, but I've gotten nowhere with the TX connection, so far.:-)

Now, I know if he'd been in the southwestern part of CO, it'd be no problem. I will check out the website, thanks.

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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Apr 06 - 06:34 PM

Since there have been a couple of threads addressing the topic of the film and story of Brokeback Mountain I'll post this. You'll note that it asks for an informal style (I'll leave it to any potential contributors what they consider "informal.")


Editors are looking for contributions to an anthology of essays on Brokeback Mountain (personal reflections as well as works of a more critical nature) which address the question, "Can Brokeback Mountain validly be viewed as a gay polemic?" Contributions that examine opposing perspectives on this question will be especially welcome inasmuch as editors seek to present a lively debate.

Contributions that examine Annie Proulx's story "Brokeback Mountain" are also sought. Essays on other topics related to either the film or the short story will be considered. For all contributions, an informal writing style will be preferred over the highly academic.

Submissions are encouraged by mid-May, but editors will consider extending the deadline as necessary. Please submit electronically to:

Annette Olsen-Fazi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and French
Department of Language and Literature
Texas A&M International University
5201 University Drive
Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Tel: 956-326-2657

From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List
Full Information at
or write Jennifer Higginbotham:

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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 09:31 PM

This CFP is looking for a variety of manuscripts that discuss "new literacies" and how "new ways of seeing education are being invented."

It seems to me that the world of music has many responses to modern technology and has more than a toehold in the accompanying literacy. Music isn't listed here, but it isn't excluded either. On the off chance that anyone here has given it enough thought to put together a paper, here is the announcement:

Subject: Re: eco-literacy CFP??

The following is a call for manuscripts for the Peter Lang Publishing
Education and New Literacies list.
One of the premier education publishing groups, Peter Lang Publishing is
looking for works that understand how new literacies and new ways of seeing
education are being invented -- as people from all walks of life, in
diverse sites, wrestle with new technologies, shifting values, changing
institutional forms and processes, and emerging structures characteristic
of postmodernity/New Times/the Global Informational Age. These texts aim to
explore these emerging domains and to create awareness of key trends and
features, translating them into educational consciousness and practice.
These texts should explore in depth and from a range of perspectives the
extent, nature, and implications of new literacies in global context,
challenging familiar ways of framing education, and what it means for
education to be powerful, effective, and enabling under current and
foreseeable conditions.

We wish to encourage and support new early-career authors as well as
established scholars.

We welcome articles which examine and engage with the current concerns of
education, educators, students, learning, especially how technology has
impacted education. Topics of particular interest are:
* critical pedagogy/ies
* literacy and technology
* education and disability
* the history of schools and schooling
* education and innovation
* education psychology
* multiculturalism, urban schooling
* education and the environment
* theory of play
* gender and education, particularly masculinity and adolescents
To send proposals or for more information and a full list of guidelines,
please email:
Rebecca Shapiro, Ph. D.
Acquisitions Editor
Peter Lang Publishing
29 Broadway, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10006
212.647.7700, ex. 3006

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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: Michael S
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 07:18 PM

This is a wonderful idea, SRS.

I've only attended the International Country Music Conference once, but it remains my favorite conference experience. For three days in Nashville, all attendees remain together in a comfortable presentation room with big round tables and plenty of food, and everyone hears and discusses all the papers. None of that meat market atmosphere with 15 presentations competing at once. It's also very friendly to avocational scholars. The only (big) downside is that it is always held on the US Memorial Day weekend.

Here's the CFP for the next conference, scheduled for May 21-23, 2009 (Thurs-Sat). Deadline for proposals (not finished papers) is October 24, 2008.

From the website:

ICMC solicits proposals in all disciplines related to all aspects of the history and contemporary status of Country Music. ICMC broadly defines Country Music to include variants from Old Time Country, Cajun, Cowboy, Western Swing, and the Nashville Sound to Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Country Rock, New Traditionalist, Hot New Country, Alternative Country, and the country music tradition in countries outside the United States. Proposals on the educational applications of Country Music from Kindergarten through the collegiate curriculum are also welcome. ICMC is truly international with papers having been presented by scholars from Australia, Canada the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Michael Scully
Austin, TX

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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 11:29 PM

This wasn't easy to find again, but I wanted to pull up the same thread since there aren't many CFPs posted and they might as well stay in one thread.

Please Post or Forward.

2009 American Studies Association of Texas Conference

Conference Theme: The Beat Goes On: The Music of American Literature, History, and Culture

Conference dates: November 12-14, 2009 San Angelo, TX

We are looking for scholarly essays, nonfiction essays, or creative works that explore the rhythm and beat of literature, history, and culture. What is the influence of rock and roll on literary production? How does culture come alive through music? How do we teach a generation used to picking and choosing music for an IPod? These and other questions provide interesting fodder for essays and conversations.

(All topics related to American Studies will be considered)

Submit proposals and paper topics by October 5, 2009* to

John Wegner ( or Terry Dalrymple (


John Wegner
Box 10894, ASU Station
Department of English
Angelo State University
San Angelo, TX 76909-0894

FMI visit the ASAT web site at

ASAT encourages graduate student participation at the conference. Contact John Wegner for more information regarding potential graduate student travel grants.

*NOTE: the proposal and paper topics required on Oct. 5 mean you don't have to have the paper finished by then, but you have to have a very good idea of what all it is about, your outline, and some of your source material.

Obviously, you don't need to write about Rock 'n Roll. You can go a lot further back. The questions How does culture come alive through music? and How do we teach a generation used to picking and choosing music for an IPod? make it clear that traditional music in its various forms would be welcome for discussion at this conference. But you'll have to get a hustle on if you want to have a scholarly paper written in a little over one month. I'd recommend taking along a musical instrument and singing or playing to illustrate your paper. :)


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Subject: RE: 'Cat Scholarship: CFP (Call for Papers)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 08:26 PM

5 - 10 juli 2010

40th International Ballad Conference

Meertens Institute, Amsterdam
Maritime Institute, Terschelling

The 40th International Ballad Conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung is to be held in Amsterdam and Terschelling (Netherlands),
Monday morning, 5 July, to Saturday morning, 10 July 2010.
The conference is being hosted by the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam.


Call for Papers

Ballad conferences are open to ethnologists, (ethno-)musicologists, literary historians and other scholars. The main theme of this conference is WATER. We welcome papers on maritime, coastal and insular music cultures, shanties and other songs of sailors and fishermen, ballads about the sea, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, sources and fountains, rain and draught, beaches, banks and bridges, swimming, shipwrecks, drowning, floods, fishes, sea monsters, mermaids etc. Other possible issues include performance, literacy vs. orality, language and identity, and ballad history, preferably in connection with the main theme.

Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Abstracts of up to 300 words, together with requests for technical equipment, should be submitted by 4 JANUARY 2010 to prof. dr Louis Peter Grijp. The author?s address, affiliation and contact details should be clearly stated, together with a brief account of the author?s career and research interests.

Conference Location

The conference will start in the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam and will be continued in the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz at Terschelling, one of the West Frisian islands in the very North of the Netherlands. Terschelling is famous for its nature, dunes, beaches and birds, and its maritime history. The island preserved its folk culture until the beginning of the 20th century. In that time the famous ethnomusicologist Jaap Kunst recorded traditional songs and dances, which are still performed by local groups. Terschelling can only be reached by boat.

Conference Schedule

Conference participants may register on Monday, 5 July 2010, from 9.00 in the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam, not far from Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol).
A tentative schedule of events (which may change in some of the detail) is as follows:

(1) After the first sessions, there is an Opening Lunch. In the afternoon we part for Terschelling by bus. Halfway we pay a visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen, an open-air museum featuring traditional life in the fishing villages of the former Zuiderzee (?uthern sea?), now a fresh water lake called IJsselmeer. From there we take the Afsluitdijk (Closure Dike), a causeway separating the Wadden Sea from the IJsselmeer since 1932. In the town of Harlingen in Friesland we take the boat to Terschelling.

(2) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday morning and Friday will be devoted to paper sessions. Friday afternoon will be closed with the annual general meeting of the Kommission f¸r Volksdichtung.

(3) There will be an (optional) Conference Excursion on Thursday afternoon, 8 July;

(4) The traditional (optional) Conference Dinner will be held in the form of a Beach Barbecue.

(5) Departure on Saturday morning, by boat and train or otherwise.

Travel Information

The Meertens Institute can be reached by the Amsterdam metro lines 50 and 51, stop Overamstel (one minute walk to the Institute). From Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol) there is an easy railway connection to railway station Amsterdam Zuid (8 minutes), where one can take metro 50 or 51 to Overamstel (4 minutes). Coming from the city centre or Amsterdam Central Station one can take metro 51 (10 minutes to Overamstel). Coming from Germany one can also use railway station Amsterdam Amstel, where you take metro 51 (4 minutes).

You can leave Terschelling after the conference at 7.00 am, arriving in Amsterdam Airport at 12:39 pm, or at 11.00 am, arriving in Amsterdam Airport at 15:39 pm. Time schedules may be changed in 2010.

Registration Fee

The conference registration fee will be € 50. There will be a pro rata fee for day registrations. The fee includes the conference pack with programme, coffees/teas during the conference, the Opening Lunch, and entry to any evening entertainment organised as part of the conference, but it does NOT include meals, the Conference Travel to Terschelling, the Conference Excursion, and the Conference Dinner. Also, the registration fee does not include the annual subscription for the KfV (€ 10).


The central accomodation will be the Europa Hotel, where participants can stay and use dinner together. The paper sessions will be held in the nearby Maritime Institute. Alternative lodging is in the nearby Stayokay Youth Hostel.
Participants coming from abroad may want to spend the night before the Conference (4 July) in Amsterdam. We will provide them with suggestions for hotels, which they have to book themselves.

Approximate prices

Hotel Europa: single room c. € 225-295
Hotel Europa: double room c. € 225
Stayokay Youth Hostel: c. € 135 p.p. (four persons on one room)
All prices are for 5 nights incl. breakfast and tourist tax.

Common meals: 3 lunches and 2 dinners in Hotel Europa: c. € 70
Conference Travel Amsterdam-Terschelling: still to be calculated (c. € 60)
(incl. ferry fee back from Terschelling to Harlingen)
Conference Excursion: c. € 40
Conference dinner (barbecue): c. € 45


The Accomodation, Conference Travel, Conference Excursion and Conference Dinner should be booked by 28 FEBRUARY 2010 on the Conference Booking Form which will be placed on the Meertens Institute website ( in January. If you want to apply now, please send us an e-mail and we will send you a Conference Booking Form in January.

For further information, contact the Conference Organisers:
prof. dr Louis Peter Grijp (+ 31 20 4628536, and
drs Martine de Bruin (+31 20 4628513,,
P.O. Box 94264, NL-1090 GG Amsterdam, Fax + 31 20 4628555
Joan Muyskenweg 25, NL-1096 CJ Amsterdam

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