IASPM-US 2020 Conference: “BPM: Bodies, Places, Movements”
May 21-23, 2020
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States chapter (IASPM-US) invites proposals for its annual conference, which will take place in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan on May 21-23, 2020. We welcome abstracts on all aspects of popular music, broadly defined, from any discipline or profession, and especially encourage submissions on the many rich popular music histories of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.
The theme for this year’s conference is “BPM: Bodies, Places, Movements,” which intersects with Detroit and its storied place in rhythm and blues, rock, punk, pop, hip-hop, and electronic dance music, and is intended to connect the histories, philosophies, and practices of urban spaces to other historical and global popular music communities. Each year Detroit celebrates this local-meets-global history with the Movement Electronic Music Festival, which in 2020 will commence the same weekend as the IASPM-US conference.
BPM as a marker for “Beats Per Minute” was first included on records to allow DJs to sync disco and funk selections together on the fly and has since become an important digital tool to create, alter and interweave tracks. In addition to its practical musical applications, the creation of BPM encodes an array of social and cultural histories: urban migration; industrialization and its reverberations in deindustrialization and urban renewal; the cultural, racial, and class politics of white flight, capital departure, and gentrification; social movements from the Second Great Awakening, Civil Rights, and Fair Housing through neo-conservatism, white nationalism, and millennial populism; and the myriad communities that articulate their ideals, utopias, frustrations and joys through popular music and its attendant practices, in garages, studios, music halls, warehouses, and digital spaces. Topics to consider include (but are not limited to):
• Bodies: identities, abilities, practices, performances, communities, bodies of work, raced, classed, gendered, and sexualized bodies, modes of embodiment
• Places: Cities, suburbs, small towns, virtual and digital spaces, stages, studios, basements, exclusive and inclusive spaces
• Movements: social, cultural, and political movements, mobilities, dance, migration, displacement
IASPM-US is a multidisciplinary organization, and invites proposals from and across all fields of scholarly inquiry. Conference proposals from intellectuals from outside of academia, including teachers, museum and archive professionals, musicians and music professionals, and independent scholars, are encouraged. IASPM-US is also a friendly conference for students at all levels. We especially welcome proposals from members of underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, women, Black/African American, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with disabilities, and people from LGBTQ+ communities, as well as people of different ages, socio/economic classes, nationalities, and religions.
This year’s program committee consists of Justin Patch (chair), Anthony Kwame Harrison, K. E. Goldschmitt, Brian F. Wright, Rebekah Farrugia, and Kathryn Metz.
Please submit proposals via Word document to email@example.com with “last name, first name” in the subject line no later than midnight October 1, 2019. Individual submissions should include a paper title, the presenter’s name, contact information and a 250-word abstract that identifies the methodology used, states the paper’s goals, summarizes the context and argument of the paper, and includes a brief conclusion. Organized panels, consisting of 3 - 4 papers, should include a 250-word description of the panel’s rationale and goals, and a 250-word abstract for each individual participating in the panel. Roundtables, consisting of a moderated conversation with 4 – 6 participants, require a single 250 word abstract and a list of roundtable members, and should designate one person as the panel chair. All individual presentations are limited to 20 minutes with a 10-minute question and answer period. Roundtables and organized panels can be allotted up to a two-hour time slot. Abstracts not adhering to the word count will not be considered.
Please note: All conference presenters must be registered IASPM members (or must register after paper, panel, or roundtable acceptance). For membership and conference information visit: http://iaspm-us.net/
Somewhere in Time: A Conference on Metal and History
August 23-25, University of Victoria
Metal Studies and the Heavy Metal UVic Student Society’s Third Annual
Conference on Metal Studies
While some might think of metal culture as an independent phenomenon,
uninfluenced by the surrounding culture in which it emerges and flourishes, it has
always been deeply connected to history. Black Sabbath and Judas Priest gave
voice to the frustration of life in the impoverished regions of Birmingham, just as
Genocidio’s material was an outlet for social and political unrest in Sao Paulo,
Brazil. Political events, economic trends, and environmental issues have often
impacted the way musicians create and present their material. ”Somewhere in
Time” sets out to investigate and explore the many varied connections between
metal and history.
We welcome papers and panels showcasing research from a variety of
disciplines and approaches. Topics may include but are not limited to:
• The history of metal or specific subgenres.
• The place of metal in a broader history of music.
• The historical contexts shaping the emergence of metal.
• Global connections between metal and history.
• Current events and metal.
• The use of historical material (real or imagined) as inspiration for metal.
• Metal as a vehicle for biographical expression.
• Controversies connected to interpretations of metal’s history.
Students, Early Career and independent scholars are encouraged to
Deadline for submissions January 31st, 2019. Notification of acceptance by
Submit abstracts and inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted, new Associate Editor and members of the Editorial Board for Metal Music Studies
Metal Music Studies is seeking a new Associate Editor to work with Niall Scott, the new Principal Editor from 2020. The journal is published by Intellect, and is the journal of the International Society for Metal Music Studies. All Associate Editors need to be Post-Graduates. Ideally, they will:
• be active in metal music studies; and
• have editorial experience on a journal.
It may be possible that these people have acquired their status and experience in a related field to metal music studies. Interested individuals can send a CV to the current Principal Editor Karl Spracklen (K.Spracklen at leedsbeckett.ac.uk) by 30 May, 16:00 BST. If you want to know more, please contact Karl at the same email address.
Editorial Advisory Board
Metal Music Studies is also formally seeking a number of new members of its Editorial Advisory Board for 2020, to ensure the continued success of the journal and the depth and diversity of its EAB. Please send your CV to Karl Spracklen by the same date as the AE vacancy, 30 May, 16:00 BST.
University of Huddersfield School of Music, Humanities and Media has 10 Marie Curie fellowships to apply for. These allow for scholars to come to Europe from another European country or from anywhere in the world and to carry out research for 12-24 months at Huddersfield. There is also a global fellowship scheme were the researcher (who must be a national/long-term resident of the EU or Associated Country) spends 12 months in a partner organisation outside of the EU and then 12 month with us at Huddersfield. Our school is looking to support 10 applications. The money is good and there is a good network of support amongst metal scholars already at the University (Rosemary Lucy Hill, Mark Mynett and Jan Herbst) and in the local area (Karl Spracklen, Niall Scott). Join us!
The School of Music, Humanities and Media at the University of Huddersfield invites proposals from researchers seeking to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2019 based at the University. Fellowships are of 12-36 months duration, depending on the scheme. Deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest to the University is Monday 29th April.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence through advanced training, international mobility and intersectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in a European context or outside Europe. They develop the careers of individual researchers who show great potential and include a specific opportunity for those returning to the profession. The proposal is built around a concrete plan of training-through-research at the host organisation. In addition to research objectives, this plan comprises the researcher’s training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, planning for publications, and participation in conferences. The scheme offers a highly competitive salary, family allowance, and travel allowance, as well as research and training expenses.
The School will support up to 10 outstanding applications for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships for research projects in any field within any area of the School including:
Journalism and Media
Music (including popular music, performance, musicology, analysis)
Two schemes are available under this call:
The European Fellowships - held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and open to researchers either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. Applicants cannot have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the host country for more than 12 months in the last 36 months before the call deadline. Fellowships last for a duration of 12-24 months. An optional secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe is eligible where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.
A Career Restart (12-36 months) option and Reintegration to Europe (12-24 months) option is available within the European Fellowships scheme. The fellowship structure is the same, though eligibility requirements for these routes differ. Please see the below link for more information on these routes.
The Global Fellowships – composed of an outgoing phase during which the researcher first undertakes mobility to a partner organisation in a Third Country (not an EU Member State or Associated Country) for an uninterrupted period of between 12 and 24 months, followed by a mandatory 12-month return period to the single beneficiary located in a Member State or Associated Country, in this case the University of Huddersfield. Applicants must be a national or long-term resident (i.e. undertaken a period of full-time research activity in a MS/AC of at least 5 consecutive years) of a Member State or Associated Country. The applicants must not have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Third Country where the initial outgoing phase takes place for more than 12 months in the last 36 months immediately before the call deadline. An optional secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe is eligible where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.
For both the European and Global Fellowships the below salary and expenses details apply:
Salary €6,822.24 a month
Family Allowance (where applicable) €500 a month
Mobility Allowance €600 a month
Research, training and networking activities €800 a month
The funder’s deadline for the full application is 11 September 2019. In order to allow time for mentoring and development of full applications, expressions of interest should be sent to Professor Monty Adkins (m.adkins at hud.ac.uk) by 5pm on Monday 29th April, consisting of two PDF documents:
1) a two-page CV including education, publications, any awards, exhibitions;
2) a two-page draft statement of the research project to be undertaken and intended training/networking requirements.
A selection process internal to the School of Music, Humanities and Media will determine which proposals will go forward to a full application. A programme of mentoring and development will be offered to applicants deemed successful in this internal process.
For further information on the scheme, including eligibility, see the European Commission Research and Innovation website:
Call for Conference Submissions - 45th Annual Conference
Accepted from: 16 March 2018
Deadline: 1 June 2018
Society for American Music 45th Annual Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana, 20-24 March 2019
The Society for American Music invites proposals for (a) individual papers, (b) organized panels of 2-4 papers, (c) lecture-recitals, (d) written papers related to one of the seminar topics, (e) scholarly posters, and (f) interest groups for its 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, to be held 20 - 24 March 2019.
The Society for American Music is dedicated to the study, teaching, creation and dissemination of all musics in the Americas. We welcome proposals involving all facets of musical life throughout the Americas and about American music and aspects of its cultures anywhere in the world.
Home of Metal Symposium and Workshop
Music Heritage, People and Place
13-14th September 2019
Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Birmingham City University
1. Call for Papers
Friday 13th September 2019
This public symposium seeks to bring together researchers, policy makers, heritage and creative workers and musicians.
We welcome contributions from fans and heritage consumers in response to their experience of the Home of Metal exhibitions and events.
Home of Metal (HoM) is a heritage project created and led by the Capsule organisation. Launched in 2011, supported by volunteers, building a crowd-sourced archive and curating a range of popular public events in Birmingham and the Black Country, HoM seeks to highlight and celebrate the value of Heavy Metal music and culture and the role in it of founding artists from the English midlands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Judas Priest. In 2017 the project went international in its reach, exploring metal culture around the world with a particular focus on Black Sabbath. As a result, in 2019 a range of exhibitions and events will take place in ‘celebration of an artform created in Birmingham that maintains significant global reach and influence.’ The value of this approach is indicated by the Wall Street Journal that has described the genre as the real ‘World Music’, that ‘Heavy Metal has become the unlikely soundtrack of globalisation’ (2016).
Open to all, this public symposium and workshop, seeks to situate HoM in relation to wider heritage issues and opportunities in order to understand its value and impact at home and abroad. For instance, UNESCO’s designation of ‘Creative Cities’ fosters innovation and cultural creativity, recognizing popular music amongst its specialized categories. Sites identified as a ‘City of Music’ include Glasgow and Liverpool in the UK, Kingston, Jamaica and lately Kansas City, USA. How does the ‘Home of Metal’ fit alongside such company?
The ‘Creative Cities’ designation indicates the importance of music to the identity of particular places, the activity focused on popular music genres like Heavy Metal generated by fans and community activists, as well as produced in archives, museums and galleries by professional cultural workers. Nonetheless it is important to remember that such activity draws on the products of the commercial music industries and connects with their heritage role. From this angle then, music heritage also includes (amongst other things): reissued recordings; artist tours; film biographies; television documentaries; radio retrospectives; and popular publications, as well as aspects of tourism and leisure industries.
What is the meaning of this range of heritage activity and what role does a project like Home of Metal play in it? How does music heritage matter and what debates are promoted between fans and heritage consumers, policy makers, heritage and creative workers, musicians and researchers?
In order to explore these issues, we invite presentations, papers, creative responses and contributions, demonstrations and proposals for activities and commentary addressing, but not limited to, the following questions:
What issues are presented by the preservation of metal music and culture for fans and museum curators?
What role does music heritage and memory play in place-making?
What role do issues of identity (e.g. gender, race, sexuality) play in music heritage?
What is the economic and cultural value of music heritage?
What are the good, bad and ugly stories of music heritage?
What is the relationship of music heritage, creativity and new music scenes?
How is music heritage consumed?
What does cultural policy have to say about music heritage?
Proposals of no more than 300 words should be forwarded to email@example.com by 31 January 2019 accompanied by a short biography and contact details. Selection and scheduling will be organised in conjunction with the organisers of Home of Metal. Invitations to participate will be sent by the end of February.
2. Call for Participants
Saturday 14th September 2019
We invite anyone interested in attending the Home of Metal exhibitions and events in June-September 2019 to participate in a workshop on the theme of home, metal and heritage. We will develop skills of evaluation, debate and presentation concerned with popular music heritage.
The workshop is free to attend with refreshments available.
Free entry to the Home of Metal exhibition is provided as part of the workshop.
The condition of participation is based on contribution to a workshop on the value and engagement of music heritage and the production of a number of group outputs (‘fanzine’, interviews, podcast).
Participants will be asked to: reflect on their own impressions of the Home of Metal exhibition (in writing, illustrations, to camera or microphone as preferred); to engage with other participants at the exhibition regarding wider reactions to Home of Metal; to participate in a group workshop and discussion on the impact of Home of Metal and music heritage.
Draft Itinerary (TBC)
10.00 Welcome and coffee.
10.30 Briefing and Brainstorm: Where is the Home of Metal? What is Popular Music Heritage?
11.30 Researching the ‘Home of Metal Exhibition’.
2.00 Lunch and Interactive Research Session.
5.00 Podcast recording.
3. Report on Home of Metal and Music Heritage in Birmingham
As a result of the symposium and workshop our intention is to produce a report on Home of Metal and Music Heritage in Birmingham aimed at policy makers, music industries and conumers. Contributions from participants are welcome as well as commentary from those attending events who may not be able to attend the symposium and workshop or from those unable to visit but who may have experience as creators, consumers and researchers of other music heritage enterprises around the world.
If colleagues are unable to attend the symposium but intend to visit HoM events in 2019 we would be pleased to welcome you to BCMCR while in Birmingham so please do get in touch.
Edited Book on Heavy Metal in Latin America - Call for Contributions (Multiple languages)
We are looking for individuals engaged in research on metal scenes in Latin America.
Download the complete call and instructions here:
Multilingual Metal: Sociocultural, Linguistic and Literary Perspectives on Heavy Metal Lyrics
University College London, 20-21 September
Heavy metal music has been the subject of scholarly interest since the 1990s. Early academic studies focused on challenging the negative stereotypes of the sub-genre. The field has expanded over the years to include a wide range of sociological and musicological perspectives. For example, the connections between black and death metal, religion, nationalism and Viking imagery have been actively investigated, as have other controversies surrounding the scene, such as racism and sexism. Relatively little attention has been paid exclusively to heavy metal lyrics in this emerging field, with some notable exceptions (e.g. Weinstein 1991, Clendinning & McAuley 2009, Spracklen 2015, Sellheim 2016). There have also been some recent studies on heavy metal practices and lyrics in individual countries and cultures, e.g. Islamic societies (LeVine 2008, Wallach 2011, Hecker 2012), China (Wong 2011), the Easter Islands (Bendrups 2011), Finland (Oksanen 2011) and Norway (von Helden 2017).
Inspired by these developments in heavy metal studies, the purpose of our multi-disciplinary conference is to explore further the textual analysis of heavy metal lyrics written in languages other than English. In cases where the primary language of the lyrics is English, loans or elements from other languages can be the topic of investigation. We welcome papers on, for example, the following different approaches:
- Poetics, literary analysis and metaphors in heavy metal lyrics
- Themes and localized narratives in heavy metal in a certain language
- Comparative analysis of heavy metal lyrics in different countries, societies or eras
- Comparative analysis of metal lyrics by different bands or in different sub-genres of metal
- Heavy metal in minority and endangered language contexts as a tool for empowerment and resistance
- Authenticity, originality and legitimacy for national identity in the heavy metal context
- Gender and race in non-English-medium heavy metal
- Representations of culture or identity in multilingual metal music
- Codeswitching and translanguaging in heavy metal
- Intertextuality in heavy metal lyrics
- Sociolinguistics and heavy metal lyrics
- Content Analysis, Discourse Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis applied to multilingual metal
Please submit your abstract via Easy Chair by 31 May 2018 using the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mm2018. The length of abstracts is 300 words, excluding bibliography. Talks are 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion. We will notify authors about the acceptance of their papers by 15 June 2018. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a peer-reviewed edited volume. If you have any questions about the event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is supported by the UCL Octagon Small Grants Fund.
Keynote speakers: tbc
Registration information will be available in June. There will be no conference fee for postgraduate students.
Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi (UCL, Uppsala University)
Amanda Digioia (UCL)
Charlotte Doesburg (UCL)
Call for Chapter Proposals: Living Metal: Metal Scenes around the World
Metal music has been around since Black Sabbath hit the first chord on its song “Black Sabbath.” Since that time Metal scenes are constantly being created, developed, stagnating, and growing all over the world—anywhere where Metal is played and cared about. Today, that means in just about every country on earth. This book, Living Metal: Metal Scenes around the World, is being published by Intellect Press. We are looking for researchers who will be examining Metal scenes in various parts of the world. We want to look at out of the way places and cultures just as much as well known places around the world. We currently have chapters being written about Johannesburg, South Africa; Dayton, Ohio; Hull, UK, and Helsinki, Finland. If possible, we want to learn about Metal Scenes in 6 of the 7 continents (we don’t believe that there is a scene in Antarctica, but please prove us wrong!).
Living Metal: Metal Scenes around the World wants to examine Metal scenes anywhere they exist and do so in a way that can address any number of questions. For instance, a few possible questions to consider:
In what ways does a country’s culture influence the Metal scenes, if at all?
How does a local Metal scene stay healthy?
What factors contribute to a scene’s stagnation or demise?
What genres or styles of Metal exist in local scenes and what effect do they have on the health of a scene?
How do various parts of a scene affect one another?
The stereotype of Metal fans has always been working class white males—is that still the case? And if it’s not, what has led to the changes in scene membership?
What brings about a Metal scene in a place?
What about countries where whites are the minority—are the white fans still the most prevalent?
Are there particular genres of Metal that are better “fits” to keep a scene viable?
What keeps scenes thriving in one part of the world but not in others?
Scenes need fans, musicians, and physical spaces—is one of these three more important than the other two for a particular scene to thrive?
We are looking for chapters that examine particular scenes around the world that address these questions and others. Ideally, we are looking for scenes in places not normally considered Metal hotbeds, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to learn about scenes in places where Metal has consistently thrived. Our goal is to examine scene characteristics throughout the world and see what types of connections (if any) exist among them. The research done so far for this book has been primarily ethnographic in nature, and we feel that that is the best approach. However, that does not mean other types of research won’t work as well.
Proposers should send a 500 word maximum abstract of the study. By sending an abstract it is assumed that the research has not been published already or is currently under review for consideration elsewhere. Send your abstracts and the below information to email@example.com by August 17, 2018.
Also, with the abstract, proposals should include the following biographical information:
--Name with professional title
--100 word professional biography
Bryan A. Bardine, Ph.D.
Jerome Stueart, Ph.D.
June 27 - July 1, Helsinki, Finland, Aalto University School of Business. In collaboration with Tuska Festival, Music Finland, and Academy of Finland.
Hard Wired VI: So Far, So Good, So What?: Approaching the Metal Realities
3-5 May 2018, Universität Siegen, Artur-Woll-Haus
From May 3 – May 5 2018, the department of Popular Music and Gender Studies at the University of Siegen, Germany, organises the sixth edition of the workshop/conference “Hard Wired”, an informal exchange forum for metal research. The talks, in form of an international conference titled So far so good... so what? Approaching the Metal Realities, aim to bring the variety of metal realities together and attempts to overcome geographical as well as language barriers in the field of metal studies. The interdisciplinary questions and problems will be approached by engaging with the various voices of the metal community, as to render visible the gaps and overlaps of the many metal realities.
Some of our confirmed speakers include Karl Spracklen from Leeds Beckett University, UK, Gérôme Guibert from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, Holger Stratmann, publisher of Rock Hard magazine and Britta Görtz, singer of the band Cripper.
Register now as we have limited space at the venue. Further information about the conference can be found on our webpage: "hardwired6.musik.uni-siegen.de”.