This symposium focuses on the issues associated with the preservation of dance halls and similar sites throughout the rural South. Some of the constant threats include relevancy, development pressures, deterioration, and financial viability. This symposium brings together experts and enthusiasts to discuss history, architecture, and culture associated with these buildings. A dialog will be created to share successes and failures and assist states in sharing information about their resources.
The symposium will be held March 22-23, 2016 at the Performance Center at Vermillionville in Lafayette, Louisiana. Pre-symposium workshops are planned for March 21st on condition assessments of the halls and financial aspects of preservation at sites near Lafayette. We are soliciting oral presentations that discuss topics which center on preservation and culture of these landmarks. These topics include building/architecture, culture, relevancy, issues facing the halls, deterioration, developmental pressures, and royalties. For more information and to register visit the event announcement.
Talks will be 30 minutes in duration, including questions. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstract should contain: presenter’s full contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, fax, email), and a 100-word biography for the author and each co-author. We recommend no more than two presenters per paper. Suggested key issues, topics, and concepts of papers may address include but are not limited to:
- Relevance/Importance Today
- Issues facing the halls
- Development Pressures
- Financial Concerns
- Condition Assessment
Special Speaker Registration $
Registration fees have been waived due to a generous partnership with Bayou Vermilion District.
Abstract deadline has been extended to January 22, 2016. Email notification of accepted presentations will be sent on January 29, 2016. Presentations addressing similar topics will be combined into sessions.
Abstracts for peer review should be sent to:
Sarah Marie Jackson
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457
- All accepted proposals must be presented at the conference by at least one author.
- Authors of an accepted presentation must provide an abstract of no more than 500 words (not including diagrams, figures, and references) for publication in the conference proceedings.
- Presentations given by students are welcomed but not required.
- We welcome student participation in the conference. The number of students registering at the discounted Student rate ($99) is limited to ten. Other students may register at the regular rates.
- Submissions whose main purpose is to promote a commercial product or service will not be accepted.
Conference Partners: National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Friends of NCPTT, National Park Service, Center for Louisiana Studies, Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation, Bayou Vermillion District