CFP: [Cultural-Historical] CFP: âRhythmic Rituals of Performance: Revisiting the Past and Realizing the Present in the Gulf Sou

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Anthony Hoefer
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“Rhythmic Rituals of Performance: Revisiting the Past and Realizing the
Present in the Gulf South and Circum-Caribbean Musical Discourses”
March 6-7, 2008
The Hill Memorial Library
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

The Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies at Louisiana State
University invites the submission of papers and presentations that
explore the convergences of Gulf South and Circum-Caribbean Musics for
its annual conference to be held March 6-7, 2008, in Baton Rouge.

The South plays a defining role in American musical history, and
Louisiana music is one of the core sub-regions. An inspiration for
songwriters, a source of styles, the birthplace of some of the nation’s
greatest musicians and many of the most popular musical genres of the
past century are Gulf South-derived forms including traditional New
Orleans jazz, Cajun, Creole or Afro-French, and zydeco. Blues, gospel,
rhythm and blues and rap are also integral southern genres that have
their distinguishing styles in various regions. Although we can still
hear most of this music in its original form or a close facsimile, much
of it has been redefined at different times to varying degrees because of
the changing aspects of southern culture. Producing music is a creative
process that is reinterpreted over time to correspond to the natural
process of adjusting to new conditions and environmental factors which
may have been caused by natural and man-made disasters. The resulting
sociocultural cross-fertilization of two regions due to migrations has
had a lasting effect on the music. This conference seeks to investigate
musical phenomena and to explore the relationship between past and recent
developments and the larger social, political, economic and environmental
changes that have been affecting the Gulf South and Caribbean peoples.

Invited keynote speakers include:
-Cheryl Keyes, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of
California, Los Angeles
-Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Director of the William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archives
at Tulane University
-Kenneth Bilby, Smithsonian Institute and the Historical Museum of
Southern Florida
-Michael Largey, Associate Professor Musicology and area chair, Michigan
State University
Suggested topics include:
-The relationship of music in the tourism industry
-Racial ideologies and their function in musical culture and industry
(lyrics, production, marketing)
-Geography of music in coastal/tropical regions
-Interweaving and reciprocal relationships of local and global musical
-Critical debates on the importance of music in the restoration of economy
-The Musician’s Village conceptâ€"is it really working?
-Using music to recreate a sense of place
-Caribbean discourses in the New Orleans jazz narrative
-Caribbean musical sensibilities in New Orleans R & B
-Impact of the work of Alan Lomax in the music of Louisiana and the
-Revisiting the place of music in New Orleans culture post-Katrina
-Musical politics or politics of music (hip hop, calypso etc.)


For further information, please contact conference director Joyce Jackson
( or Program Coordinator Andy Hoefer ( or
225.578.7809). To learn more about Louisiana & Caribbean Studies at LSU,
visit our website:

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