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Call for Papers

The second annual Darkwater Women in Music Festival is pleased to announce a call for papers. 

The festival will be held on March 6 & 7, 2020 at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Deadline : December 1, 2019

Darkwater is a festival that celebrates women in music through papers, panels, and performances. The word "darkwater" is the literal Carolina Algonquian meaning of Lumbee, the American Indian tribe that built Pembroke and UNCP. By calling ourselves the Darkwater Festival, we tie ourselves to our place in North Carolina and to the Lumbee, a matriarchal culture with many strong women in its history.

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers (20 minutes + 10-minute discussion); organized sessions of 3-4 papers on a single topic; or roundtable discussions in the fields of musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, gender, queer, and women’s studies, history, sociology, and/or related fields. Proposals should fall under the general topic “women in music”, and interdisciplinary approaches are welcomed. This year Darkwater celebrates the suffragette movement and the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, so we particularly welcome abstracts that explore women’s suffrage throughout the world.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and submissions should include a title and AV needs. Sessions and round tables should include an abstract for each panelist as well as one for the session as a whole. Please email proposals for papers and panels to Sarah Busman at with the subject “Paper Proposal.”

There is no submission fee for this proposal. Scholars selected agree to attend the festival at their own expense, including the registration fee which will be paid by February 1. Darkwater WIM invites submissions from presenters of all genders, races, and sexual orientations.

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