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heavy metal & popular culture cfp

Heavy Metal and Popular Culture 
April 4-7, 2013
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio, USA 
The Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, in collaboration with Heavy Fundametalisms: Metal, Music and Politics and the International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS), announce the International Conference on Heavy Metal and Popular Culture. The Program Committee of the International Conference on Heavy Metal and Popular Culture invites proposals for papers, organized panels of 3-4 papers, and scholarly posters. The online submission deadline for all proposals is 1 December 2012. The conference will take place on the campus of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, April 4-7, 2013. 
We envision the International Conference on Heavy Metal and Popular Culture to be a highly selective conference featuring cutting-edge scholarship on heavy metal’s many facets and forms. Papers will be organized into a single track of programming over four days—there will be no overlapping sessions. Featured at the conference will be keynote lectures by Robert Walser, Laina Dawes, and Keith Kahn-Harris, a screening of the film Motörhead Matters, three roundtables featuring Niall Scott, Steve Waksman, Deena Weinstein and other international metal scholars to be announced, and a special exhibit on facepaint and masks. 
We welcome proposals involving all facets of heavy metal musical life throughout the world, with a focus on the intersections, circuits, and mutual imbrications of heavy metal and popular culture, globally and locally. We especially welcome proposals addressing the following themes: 
Heavy Metal Consumption: In what ways has mainstream popular culture changed, prefigured or reversed the consumption of heavy metal? How has heavy metal, as a subculture, sound or style, affected popular culture? Are there new forms of popular culture for which heavy metal has become an influence? Is the intersection of heavy metal, popular culture and consumption creating new questions about authenticity, aesthetics, and soundscape? (In other words, what does it mean when obscure 1980s thrash metal tracks wind up on Guitar Hero?) 
Heavy Metal, Popular Culture and New Media: Given the rise of new media for heavy metal (social networking media, music and video systems online, gaming, music downloading technology), how has heavy metal further saturated the landscape of popular culture? Are the sounds of heavy metal changing with new technologies and popular media? 
Heavy Metal Clothing Style: From the fantastic costumes of bands such as Gwar to the ubiquitous heavy metal t-shirt, the fashion of heavy metal is a vital part of its allure, its popularity, and its criticism. Why is heavy metal style both controversial and popular? Where and how has heavy metal style intersected with fashion locally and globally? 
American Heavy Metal Popular Culture and Its Circuits: From films such as Heavy Metal Parking Lot to Kiss’ commercialism and the Osbourne family’s reality television programs, mainstream American popular culture has held a particular fascination for heavy metal, fomenting moral panics against it one day and celebrating its integrity and authenticity the next. How did American popular culture and heavy metal become so mutually imbricated? Are American popular culture’s heavy metal appropriations altering the scenes in other countries and cultures? Do local scenes, including those within the United States, seek to resist mainstream popular culture or embrace it? 
Research Poster Sessions 
The poster format provides an opportunity for conference attendees to meet informally with authors and discuss research. Each author attends her/his respective 60-minute session, distributes abstracts, and answers questions. Supporting sound and/or video examples (on personal computers and utilizing battery, rather than A/C power) will be coordinated with other presenters once the Program Committee has formed sessions. 
General Guidelines 
Accepted presenters will not be required to pay conference attendance registration fees. The committee encourages proposals from graduate students and independent scholars. An individual may submit only one proposal. All proposals must be submitted through the online electronic submission process. Proposals must specify whether the proposal is for 1) paper, 2) poster, or 3) either presentation format, the latter to be determined by the Program Committee as it builds sessions. Individual or joint papers should be no longer than twenty minutes. Posters will be organized in block sessions. For complete session proposals, the organizer must include an initial statement of 100 words explaining the rationale for the session, in addition to proposals and abstract files for each paper. 
Include the following for all submissions: 
Proposer’s name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation or city of residence 
250-word proposal 
100-word version of your proposal suitable for publication in the conference program (.doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf format). Include proposer's name and email, and the proposal title in this file. 
Audio and visual needs: CD player, DVD player, digital projector. Please also specify IBM or Mac platforms, and any special needs. Request of special audio and visual needs does not guarantee their availability, but presenters will be notified if their requests cannot be met. 
Specify whether you are a student. 
All materials must be electronically date-stamped by December 1, 2012 at midnight CST and emailed to Clifford at ucmo.edu with “HMPC Submission” in the subject line and required documents attached. For further information regarding the submission process: Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone, Chair, HM&PC 2013 Program Committee, Wood 136B, Department of History and Anthropology, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO 64093, USA, Clifford at ucmo.edu. 
For further information about the conference, please contact the BGSU conference organizers: 
Esther Clinton estherc at bgsu.edu 
Matt Donahue mattdon at bgsu.edu 
Jeremy Wallach jeremyw at bgsu.edu 
Department of Popular Culture, 
School of Cultural and Critical Studies, 
228 Shatzel Hall Bowling Green State University, 
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0190, 


“International Reggae: Traditional and Emerging Expressions in Popular Music” cfp

University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica 
February 14-16, 2013 
The Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona announce the third International Reggae Conference (formerly Global Reggae Conference) under the theme “Traditional and Emerging Expressions in Popular Music”.            

The conference and associated events will consolidate and disseminate knowledge on Jamaican music culture and associated music forms.  This conference will also reflect on Jamaica’s attainment of 50 years and beyond and celebrate the 68th anniversary of the birth of Jamaica's premier cultural ambassador, the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, with the hosting of the Annual Bob Marley Lecture, in affiliation with the Bob Marley Foundation.  In addition, IRC2013 will highlight the international spread of Reggae music and culture in affiliation with Europe’s acclaimed Rototom Sunsplash festival as it celebrates 20 years of showcasing Reggae Lifestyle and Culture.
Academics, researchers, artistes, musicians, scholars, cultural practitioners, entrepreneurs and music lovers from around the world will be able to share their experiences and perspectives on reggae and dancehall music in particular. The IRC2013 will also explore particular aspects of music creation and dissemination in an effort to assess the trends affecting the movement of reggae and dancehall internationally and highlight valuable strategies for enhancing the development of cultural/creative music enterprises.

Proposed conference sub-themes include but are not limited to the following:-
·      Songs of Freedom
·      Social Media and Popular Music
·      The Reggae Artiste as Cultural Ambassador
·      Gender and Sexuality in Jamaican Popular Music
·      International Reggae Music Festivals
·      Commodification of Reggae and Dancehall
·      Language and Lyrics
·      Celebrating Fashion and Style in Popular Music
·      The Artiste as Entrepreneur
·      Media, Regulation and Popular Music
·      Reggae and Dancehall as Social Capital
·      Legislative Framework for Popular Music
·      Cultural/Creative Enterprises in Popular Music
·      Digital Media and Popular Music

We welcome innovative uses of technology and creative session formats as well as traditional paper presentations.

Proposals should be no more than 300 words for each individual presentation.  For panels, include one abstract for each presentation.  Each presenter should submit a cover page with name, affiliation, contact information and a short bio (75 words or less).  Kindly specify in your proposals any specific needs or technology requirements you may have. 
DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS October 15, 2012. Email all submissions to internationalreggae at gmail.com with the heading CONFERENCE PRESENTATION PROPOSAL.

Contact the International Reggae Secretariat with queries at:-
Reggae Studies Unit
Institute of Caribbean Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Education
University of the West Indies, Mona
Kingston 7, Jamaica
Email: internationalreggae at gmail.com Tel: 1 (876) 977-1951 Fax: 1 (876) 977-3430