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[ecrea] Blues in the 21st Century - Myth, Social Expression and Transculturalism - extended deadline for Call for Papers (31 July 2018)

Tue Jul 03 11:23:23 GMT 2018

          A Reminder of *Conference “Blues in the 21st Century – Myth, Social Expression and Transculturalism*”

           and _extended deadline for Call for Papers_ (31 July 2018)

           Venue: University of Catania, Department of Political and Social



           Dates: 23-24 November 2018

           Since its beginnings in the late 19th century, the Blues has

          been more than a music style with a seminal impact on 20th

          century popular music. As a medium of social expression, it

          articulated the tribulations of an entire black culture, male

          and female. Discourses about race were as much an integral part

          of the evolution of the blues as were those of class, when young

          white kids - in America and European countries, especially the

          UK - adopted the music for their political and social ends.

          Idealising/romanticising black models of living, their

          interpretations verged on myths on the one hand, but on the

          other brought out transcultural features of the blues in their

          performative acts. Other realms of performing arts, such as

          literature, films, etc., speak of the flexibility of the blues.

          Its commercialisation by white and black record companies, or

          annual festivals, is another proof of its durability. Bearing

          this in mind, any doubt about the survival of the blues in the

          21st century is rendered obsolete.

           This multi-disciplinary conference aims to trace the

          socio-political, historical, economic, transcultural, linguistic

          and musicological dimensions of the blues, and to emphasise the

          viability of this artistic and social medium.

           We invite contributions on themes that may include (but are not

          limited to):

           -              The Blues in film and media, or social media

           -              Performers and performance (current or historical


           -              Typologies of Blues performance (festivals,

          street music, busking, etc.)

           -              Socio-political phenomena, music of protest

          -              History and cultural heritage, African roots, etc.

           -              Impact on literature and other cultural forms

           -              Urban/rural musical contexts and identities

           -              White and black identity issues

           -              Forms of audience participation

           -              Musical travel and forms of tourism linked to the


           -              Blues and Gender

           -              Blues and kindred/related styles

           -              Future of the Blues (e.g. Rap, etc.)

           -              National scenes and their differences/analogies

           -              Blues and Marketing (foundations, awards,


           The conference will be held in Catania, at the Department of

          Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania

          (, from 23-24th November, 2018.

           Abstracts of not more than 250 words should be sent, by 30 July

          2018 (update) to Uwe Zagratzki ((uwe.zagratzki /at/

          <mailto:(uwe.zagratzki /at/>) and Douglas Mark Ponton

          ((dponton /at/ <mailto:(dponton /at/>). Please indicate

          your name, professional/academic affiliations, a postal address

          and email. Authors will be informed of the outcome of the

          selection process by 15th August.

           Selected contributions will be included in a peer-reviewed

          volume for publication.

           Uwe Zagratzki, Professor of Anglophone Literatures, Szczecin

          University/Poland ((uwe.zagratzki /at/

          <mailto:(uwe.zagratzki /at/>;

           (uwe.zagratzki /at/ <mailto:(uwe.zagratzki /at/>)

          Research profile under


           Douglas Mark Ponton, Associate Professor of English Language and

          Translation. Research Gate profile:

Catania University page:

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