International Conference on the Blues
October 5, 2019

Call for Proposals
DEADLINE: Friday, June 28, 2019


Conference date: Friday, October 5, 2019

Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi 

Delta State University is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, workshops, and clinics for the 6th annual International Conference on the Blues.

Topics of general interest to scholars and enthusiasts are welcome: African American musical traditions and influences on American music and culture, especially the influence of Gospel and Spirituals; Music of the African diaspora; the Blues; folklore; history; ethnicity; and the Delta. Topics of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged. 

Papers are invited from blues scholars, including authors, performers, blues enthusiasts, and independent researchers. Additionally, to support young and emerging scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty), a prize will be awarded to the outstanding young scholar paper.  

You are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations, lecture-performances, panels, performances, and workshops. All presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, with an additional ten minutes for discussion, and should address a general audience. 

Proposals must be submitted online via

Please include a description of the presentation, audio/visual equipment needs, and biographical information for all presenters. Please note that not all A/V requests will be granted. Presenters agree to appear at the conference at their own expense, which will include a $100 registration fee.

For more information, please contact co-chairs Shelley Collins and Don Allan Mitchell at