CFP: Dayton Funk Symposium & Dance Party


CFP: Dayton Funk Symposium & Dance Party

University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
12-14 September 2018

The aim of the symposium is to bring together scholars, teachers, students and performing artists to explore and experience the innovative African American Funk music movement that put Dayton, Ohio on the map in the 1970s and 1980s, leading to its identification as the World Capitol of Funk. Hosted in partnership with the recently-opened Dayton Funk Museum Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center in downtown Dayton the symposium culminates with a dance party featuring Touch, the Dayton Funk All-Stars Band, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. The keynote address will be given by Funk historian Dr. Scot Brown, Associate Professor of African American Studies at UCLA.

Scholars and creative practitioners are invited to submit proposals to share their work related to the history of the Funk genre and its connections to the communities in which it originated. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for paper presentations, panels and/or performances.

Abstracts as word compatible documents (not PDF’S) should be limited to 300 words and include the mode of presentation. A one-page resume should accompany the proposal.

Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes followed by discussion.

Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2018.

Symposium submissions and questions should be sent to: Dr. Sharon Davis Gratto, Professor of Music and Graul Chair in Arts and Languages (sgratto1 -at-