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Call for Participation: Singing Storytellers

Thursday, January 23, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Studebaker
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Singing Storytellers: The Lives, Music and Verbal Artistry of Bards in Our World
(October 9 – 12th, 2014)

An International Interdisciplinary Symposium hosted by Cape Breton University(CBU), in partnership with Celtic Colours International Festival and CBC Cape Breton

For a complete Call for Participation, and information about how you can participate in the symposium, please visit the symposium website! (www.singingstorytellers.ca)

Call for Participation (abridged)

Singing storytellers–griots, kobzars, troubadours, ashiks, gusle players, sean-nós and seann-nòs singers, bards and epic singers, performance poets – men and women from countless narrative traditions around the world– have played a variety of complex roles in their communities and cultures. The long-time focus of study for ethnomusicologists and other scholars of culture, history and memory, they are multifaceted social agents – genealogists, historians, spokespersons and activists, diplomats, musicians, praise singers, healers, and advisors. Wordsmiths and performers, their verbal and musical art have been the subject of studies across disciplines – religious studies, history, music, folklore, anthropology, gender studies, linguistics and literature, to name a few. But recent studies of these bards and their practices in our contemporary world are relatively few…(more…)

We invite contributions from a rich array of scholars/practitioners/artists alike - to encourage investigations of and engagement with performers and their practices in our world today, through a variety of ways of knowing, and creating and sharing knowledge.

We invite proposals for various forms of presentation, including papers (either individual 20- minute papers with additional 10 minutes for discussion, or panels), keynotes, workshops, performances, roundtables, films and exhibitions (including of photographs and other visual materials, and interactive and multimedia installations).

·Workshops will run either 60 or 90 minutes

·Roundtables will run concurrently throughout the conference

·Theatre and studio space is available in addition to standard conference facilities

***Symposium works will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed, edited collection.***

DEADLINE for submissions: 15 March 2014

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