Call for Proposals: 2018 Dayton Funk Symposium & Dance Party

We welcome proposals from creative practitioners and scholars in all disciplines. Abstracts as Word compatible documents should be limited to 300 words and include the mode of presentation. No PDFs please. A one-page resume should accompany the proposal. Proposals will be evaluated based on quality, relevance and originality. If proposing a paper presentation, please do not exceed 20 minutes in length. Time for discussion will be available after each presentation. Select the image at right to download our flyer (pdf).


The aim of this 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. The symposium will be held Wednesday, Sep. 12 through Friday, Sep. 14 on the campus of the University of Dayton. The Funk Dance Party takes place Thursday, Sep. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Kennedy Union Ballroom.

Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2018

Notifications will be sent by: August 15, 2018


Dr. Sharon Davis Gratto, Professor of Music and Graul Chair in Arts and Languages
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1549 


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