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Deadline approaching to submit proposals for Louisiana Studies Conference at NSU
Jun 28, 2012 | 354 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The deadline to submit presentation proposals for the fourth annual Louisiana Studies Conference is July 1. This year’s event, themed “Louisiana Art and Artists,” will be held on the campus of Northwestern State University Sept. 21-22.

The Conference is co-sponsored by Northwestern State’s Department of Fine and Graphic Art, the Folklife Society of Louisiana, the Louisiana Folklife Center and Northwestern State’s College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research.

The committee for this interdisciplinary conference will accept proposals from the following disciplines: American studies, anthropology, architecture, communications, craft, creative writing, criminal justice, cultural studies, cultural tourism, dance, design, English and literary studies, environmental studies, ethnic studies, fashion design, film studies, fine arts, folklore, gender studies, geography, heritage resources, history, interior design, journalism, linguistics, musicology, music performance, philosophy, photography, political science, psychology, queer studies, religious studies, Romance languages, social work, sociology, theatre and vernacular architecture.

“Although we are especially interested in proposals that deal with art and artists in, from, or about Louisiana, all papers, creative writing, and short performances such as dance, music, or theatre that address any aspect of Louisiana studies are welcome,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center.

Proposals are being solicited for 15 minute presentations from scholars at all career stages as well as graduate students.

Creative work, including creative non-fiction, short fiction and poetry, is welcome. Undergraduates are invited to submit, provided they are working with the guidance of a trained scholar. Proposals for panels and roundtable discussions are welcome.

Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words for scholarly proposals, creative writing and short performances should be sent as e-mail attachments to Rasmussen at

Proposals should include brief details, if any, regarding the audio/visual tools (laptop, projection screen, data projector, DVD or VCR player, etc.) or space that presentations will require.

The stage in Magale Recital Hall will be provided for short performances. Proposals should include a separate cover page with the presenter’s name, affiliation, mailing and e-mail address and the presentation title. E-mails should be entitled: Louisiana Studies Conference Submission.

The committee will send an e-mail acknowledgement of having received each abstract within one week of having received it.

If proposals do not receive an acknowledgment, it should be resubmitted. Accepted presenters will be notified via e-mail by July 31.
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