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Somewhere in Time: A Conference on Metal and History

  • University of Victoria 3800 Finnerty Road Victoria, BC, V8P 5C2 Canada (map)

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

submit abstracts.

Deadline for submissions January 31st, 2019. Notification of acceptance by

March 31st.

Submit abstracts and inquiries to: