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"Singing Storytellers: The Lives, Musics and Verbal Artistry of Bards in our World", October 9th – 12th, 2014
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Department of Language and Letters, Cape Breton University
An International Interdisciplinary Symposium, in partnership with Celtic Colours International Festival
For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island and an extensive line-up of community and educational events. Artists are invited from countries including Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Denmark, Spain, Brittany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Germany as well as from across the United States and Canada to join the finest of Cape Breton's musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and tradition-bearers.
Singing storytellers – bards, troubadours, and other performance poets from countless traditions around the world have played a variety of complex roles in their communities and cultures. The long-time focus of study for ethnomusicologists and other scholars of culture, history and memory, they are multifaceted social agents - genealogists, historians, healers, spokespersons and activists. Wordsmiths and performers, their verbal and musical art have been the subject of studies across disciplines. But recent studies of these bards and their practices in our contemporary world are relatively few.
Who are the important singing storytellers of today – and what stories are they telling? To what ends? What roles do they play in relation to culture and the arts, history and memory, belief, health and wellbeing, politics, economics and other realms? Where and in what contexts do they create and perform, and for whom? How does their creative work shape – and how is it shaped by – the worlds around them? These are just some of the questions we invite you to consider.
Call for Participation
We invite proposals for various forms of presentation, including papers (either individual 20- minute papers with additional 10 minutes for discussion, or panels), keynotes, workshops, performances, roundtables, films and exhibitions (including of photographs and other visual materials, and interactive and multimedia installations).
***Symposium works will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed, edited collection.***
Submissions for papers or creative presentations MUST include:
ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE ALL OF THIS DETAILED INFORMATION FOR EACH PRESENTER, or your abstract will NOT be eligible for consideration. The detailed information and materials requested are necessary in order for the conference organizers to apply for travel/event funding.
PLEASE SEND YOUR SUBMISSIONS including title (panel and individual presentation titles), session/presentation format, technical needs to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2014. The subject line of the email is Singing Storytellers proposal – [name].
Please write to us at email@example.com if you have any questions! For information and updates, check the conference WEBSITE (singingstorytellers.ca).
We look forward to receiving your proposal – and to welcoming you to Cape Breton!