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Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

Call for Proposals: Second Dayton Funk Symposium

April 15 through 17, 2021

Submissions are now closed.

The University of Dayton Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, in collaboration with the Dayton Funk Music Hall of Fame and Museum Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Department of Music, is excited to present the second Dayton Funk Symposium from Thursday, September 24 through Saturday, September 26 in Dayton, Ohio, the Funk Capital of the World!

The purpose of this conference is to bring Funk music scholars and practitioners together in the city instrumental in the innovative African American Funk music movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Special events of this year’s conference include a keynote address by Rickey Vincent, author of Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of the One; the inaugural induction of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, the Ohio Players, and the late James Brown into the Funk Hall of Fame; the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Rockin’ Orchestra Series concert featuring Funk Music and the Dayton Funk All-Stars Band; and a Funk line dance party with instruction hosted by Dayton DJ Stan “The Man” Brooks of Soul Dayton Radio.

Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit ideas and proposals for paper presentations, panels, and/or performances. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • The history of Dayton Funk music
  • Funk music use in sample-based Hip Hop, Rap & other contemporary styles
  • Funk, gender, and sexuality
  • Funk and Fashion
  • Funk and Technology
  • The influence of social institutions on contemporary music movements
  • The power and vulnerability of popular culture developments in urban settings during strong and challenging economic times
  • New Funk and the resurgence of Funk music as a popular genre
  • Funk in visual art and design
Submission Information

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstracts of 300 words or less as Microsoft Word or PDF documents
  • Description of presentation format (ie paper, panel, etc.)
  • Paper presentations limited to 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes of discussion
  • Presenter(s) biographies of 50 words or less

Important Dates:

Submit by: April 6, 2020 to

Notification: May 1, 2020


Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1549