CFP: The Blues II: 8th Annual McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium (2/15/06; 3/30/06-3/31/06)

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Call for Papers

8th Annual J. Marie McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium
Texas Southern University
Houston, TX
March 30-31, 2006

The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Texas Southern University
seeks papers for its interdisciplinary conference on its 2006 theme, "The
Blues II." We encourage interdisciplinary approaches and welcome proposals
that consider any facet of this topic. In addition to formal papers, we
encourage proposals for art displays, performances in music and drama,
panels, group discussions, short seminars, or workshops.

The notion of the Blues lies at the heart of one aspect in how we mediate
the world and how it is mediated to us. The nexus of the Blues and the world
is ripe for discussion, dissection, and deconstruction. How do the words and
images of the Blues construct reality? How has our relationship to words and
images of the Blues changed over time? To what extent does writing about the
Blues transform its images? What can multi-media communication address that
other forms of communication cannot? How can words and images convey song,
dance, theatrical performance, and religious ritual?

Possible topics include:

* Performing Word and Image
* The Blues in Film
* Multi-Media Communication: Seeing, Hearing, Reading
* Ritual - Text - Memory
* Articulating the Ineffable
* Documents, Documentation, Documentary
* The Blues in Popular Culture
* Exhibitions/Performance
* The Aural, Visual, and Everyday Life
* The Ideology of the Image
* Iconography and Iconoclasm: Religious, Historical, and Political Reactions
to Word, Sound, and Image
* Cultural Icons, Cultural Memory

The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2006. E-mail abstracts of no more
than 200 words to Dr. Shirley Walker Moore, at

Dr. Shirley Walker Moore, Chair
Department of English & Foreign Languages
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne
Houston, TX 77004

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