Call for Participation: 2023 String Band Summit at East Tennessee State University

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Call for Papers
October 30, 2022
Tennessee, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Music and Music History, African American History / Studies, Humanities

The 2023 String Band Summit gathers musicians, teachers, and scholars engaged in string band music across the Americas to explore string band traditions, histories, practices, instruments, and pedagogy, seeking to foster collaboration and understanding. The second annual SBS will be hosted by East Tennessee State University on the weekend of February 10-12, 2023 – bringing together people who perform, teach, and study string band music from a variety of genre fields, and from different walks of life.  The organizers seek to support professional, intellectual, and artistic development, deepen connections between institutions of higher education where string band musics are taught and studied, and foster collaboration and understanding between researchers and string band artists, allowing participants to interact and collaborate with their peers who work in different places, traditions, and disciplines.    

A selection committee will select proposals of three kinds:    

1) Scholarly presentations of 20 minutes in length, to be followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. These presentations should highlight your research into the history, practice, personalities, and contexts of string band music.  Your presentation should introduce attendees to the process and product of your research, providing new insights into our understandings of how the music has worked and/or is working today.  Content presented should be relevant, innovative, and accessible.     

2) Teaching presentations or Workshops of 30 or 60 minutes in length, followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Teaching presentations should immerse participants in the sorts of teaching environments that you create in your pedagogical work.  Workshops should be participatory, and should teach participants about a particular style, technique, or practice.  Content could include music history, music theory, business, sound technology, instrument maintenance, etc.     

3) Organized panels / Roundtables of 75 minutes. Organized panels should include 3-4 presenters and a moderator. Roundtables should primarily consist of discussion among attendees.    

We invite participation from artists, performers, and practitioners, from luthiers, songwriters, and event promoters, as well as from scholars and teachers of ethnomusicology, musicology, music education, music theory, dance, art history, history, cultural studies, political science, anthropology, sociology, area studies, media studies, folklore, performance studies, and other relevant disciplines. Proposals from graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged. The committee will select presenters anonymously.     

Each proposal should include a 250-word abstract, indicating a central argument or theme, the relationship to other scholarly literature and/or pedagogical practice, and conclusions/outcomes. Proposals are due by October 30, 2022 submitted via this Google form:  The committee plans to respond to all submissions by November 20, 2022.    

The primary language of the Summit will be English; the committee is able to consider proposals that include other languages.    

In addition to these presentations the event will include performances, workshops, and other programming that is curated by the Program Committee. If you have an idea for a session that does not fit the above categories, (or have other questions) contact Lee Bidgood at     

Contact Info: 

Lee Bidgood, PhD

Associate Professor

Graduate Coordinator

Bluegrass, Old TIme, and Country Music Studies

Department of Appalachian Studies

East Tennessee State University

Box 70435 

Johnson City, TN 37614 


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