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Streams of Consciousness: Water, Sound, Land, Text
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The University of North Alabama English Department
Call for Papers:
Streams of Consciousness:
Come join the University of North Alabama English department as we celebrate the interactions between place, music, and culture. UNA is situated in what is locally known as “the Shoals” region: a group of four municipalities, Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Muscle Shoals, united by the Tennessee River which winds between them. Known to the original inhabitants of the area as “The Singing River,” the Tennessee River has had an immense impact on local creative culture. As the critically acclaimed documentary Muscle Shoals (2013) has recently reminded the world, much of America’s best-loved and most influential music was created in the area, as was T.S. Stribling’s The Store (1933), a Pulitzer-prize winning novel set in Florence. This conference invites investigations into the importance of place to creative cultures. We invite proposals for scholarly papers which apply any combination of water, sound, land, place, or music to language, literature, or other media.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
The conference will feature several special events which highlight the interaction of place with creative culture, including a screening of the Muscle Shoals documentary and tours of the Fame recording studios and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
We welcome proposals from current students and recent graduates (within the last five years) of MA or PhD programs in English, Film Studies, or Cultural Studies. Presentations should be twenty-minutes in length and may explore a range of topics addressing our theme in relation to literature, film, or other new media. Presentations that utilize audiovisual presentations are encouraged.
Prize for Best Paper: