The American Studies Program at Michigan State University is sponsoring the third Fall Festival of the American Arts and National Conference on Music and American Cultures. The Festival will explore relations between music and American culture. The conference aims to address as broad a range of musical formations relevant to understanding the development of American culture. We encourage sessions from performers, scholars (including graduate students), and practitioners writing or engaging in theoretical, practical, or comparative perspectives through traditional academic papers or through composition and performance of musical works. Genres: ambient music, classical, club scene, country, folk, gospel, hip-hop, indigenous, jazz, Latin, MTV, military, Muzak, parlor culture, performance theories, pop, punk, rock, sacred, secular, techno, world, youth movements, etc.
Proposals for papers, concerts, lecture-performances, and full sessions are invited, as are proposals for presentations in innovative and imaginative formats. The Program Committee is particularly interested in considering papers or sessions that explore cross-disciplinary intersections, combining musical understanding with literature, history, theatre history, cultural studies, sociology, art, anthropology, dance, film studies, American studies, and other areas of scholarly inquiry and performance. Proposals involving any aspect of American music and music in America are welcome.
Submissions for papers consist of four (4) copies of a proposal of no more than 500 words. Because all submissions are evaluated blind, proposers' name(s), address(es), phone number(s), and e-mail address(es) should appear on only ONE copy of the proposal. All proposals must be postmarked by 15 April 2002. Submissions by facsimile or e-mail will NOT be accepted. Paper and session materials should be sent to the Program in American Studies. Envelopes should be clearly marked Fall Festival 2002.
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