"Metal matters - Heavy Metal als Kultur und Welt"

Die interdisziplinäre Tagung am 3. bis 5. Juni 2010 an der HBK Braunschweig, organisiert von Rolf F. Nohr und Herbert Schwaab

Anfang Juni 2010 hat die Tagung "Metal matters - Heavy Metal als Kultur und Welt" in Braunschweig versucht, eine Leerstelle der Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft mit auszufüllen und die Komplexität des Phänomens Metal herauszustellen. Dieser Blog bündelt die Perspektiven der Konferenz und versucht den dort interdisziplinär zusammengeführten Strom aus Ideen, Projekten und Perspektiven vorläufig fortzuführen.

Freitag, 27. Mai 2011

International Society of Metal Music Studies (ISMMS)

...es tut sich was in der Institutionalisierung und Vernetzung der Metal-Studien. Aktuell kann man sich an der Gründung und Ausgestaltung einer kommenden Internationalen Forschungs-Gesellschaft beteiligen ... getragen wird das ganze übrigens auch aus Deutschland: Imke von Helden (Uni Freiburg) gehölrt auch zum Planungskomitee.

Dear Metal Scholars,
In October 2010, a group of metal music scholars from around the world began working to organize an international, scholarly organization to support the study of metal music and its cultures. Together, this Planning Committee has formulated a plan for officially launching ISMMS in 2011.
On this page, the Planning Committee presents founding documents for examination by interested scholars. We welcome your comments about the Code of Ethics, Mission Statement and By-Laws of ISMMS (known as "founding documents"). You can read the founding documents online through our wiki, http://ismms.wikispaces.com. You may comment by posting
your thoughts on this wiki, so all members of the Planning Committee can read, discuss, and reply to your comments. Comments do not constitue a vote- as there are no members of ISMMS at this point, there is no voting system. This wiki will be available for comments through June 15, 2011. If you have questions about the wiki, or other matters, please contact the Planning Committee coordinator via email: clifford@ucmo.edu.

CFP: Popular Music and Society Special Issue on Fandom

Special Issue: Fandom
(Guest editor: Mark Duffett)
Popular Music and Society invites article proposals for a new special issue. Fandom is both a personal expression of emotional conviction and a complex, changing, multi-faceted social phenomenon that now encompasses both online and offline activity. The study of fandom is a scholarly niche that exists at the intersection of a wide range of interests and connections. It can be contextualized by wider media research (theory by scholars such as Henry Jenkins and Matt Hills; reception analysis; celebrity studies; ethnography; subcultural theory) and by direct research into popular music culture (ethnomusicology; research on listening; live music audiences; studies of music in everyday life). We invite papers with themes that may include, but are not limited to:
· Fans as musicians / musicians as fans
· The consumer marketplace, perceptions of the music industry
· Collecting, listening, and other fan practices
· Live music, local scenes, and fandom as living culture
· Stereotyping, self-awareness, media representation, literature and fiction
· Fandom and social identities (such as gender, age, disability, race)
· Methodology, research practice, cultural theory
· Histories, critiques of fandom as a response to mass culture
· Taste, cultural capital, and the canon
· Online participatory cultures
· Case studies and ethnographies; personal narratives, memories, and investments
· Stardom and celebrity; identification, reading, and textuality
· Legacies of key representations (e.g., Fred Vermorel and Judy Vermorel's book Starlust)
· Modernity, religion, pathology, and the "cult" analogy
· Differing fandoms / specific music genres
· The fan community: insiders, outsiders, and the "ordinary" audience
· Fan culture and the paradigm of performance
· The uses of fandom: political activism, heritage, and tourism
· Fandom, the family, and / or the life cycle
Send proposals of up to 500 words in the first instance. Contributions will be peer-reviewed for potential inclusion in the main section of the journal. Polemical papers will also be considered for inclusion in the Forum section. Indicate the name under which you would wish to be published, your professional/academic affiliations, a postal address, and preferred email contact. Deadline for submission of proposals is October 31, 2011. We would hope to commission articles by December 31, 2011, and deadline for submission of the articles will be July 31, 2012. Please email proposals to guest editor Mark Duffett at m.duffett@chester.ac.uk.

Montag, 16. Mai 2011

Call for Papers: Participations Special Issue: Music and Audiences

Proposals are sought for a special issue of Participations:
Journal of Audience and Reception Studies on music and audiences. The theme of this issue will be an
examination of the music audience from a range of perspectives, with both theoretical and empirical research
welcomed on all aspects of music and reception. The issue would also particularly be interested in proposals that
consider music audiences in the context of debates over technology and the Internet, and in articles which focus on
issues of genre, different music fan cultures, or the specifics and particularities of music audiences, due to contexts
such as sexuality, generation or nationality.
Proposals are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following possible topics:
-­-­ Music fandom (s);;
-­-­ Music audiences, technology and the Internet;;
-­-­ Music audiences in regional, local, national and international contexts;;
-­-­ Representations of, and audience responses to, gender and sexuality;;
-­-­ Film, television and the music audience;;
-­-­ Music taste(s) and genres;;
-­-­ Responses to political engagement in music;;
-­-­ Generational music audiences;;
-­-­ Celebrity and stardom;;
-­-­ The live music experience;;
-­-­ Discussions of music engagement and meaning.
Please submit article proposals of no more than 300 words, along with a 200 word author biography to Dr Lucy
(BennettL@cf.ac.uk) by 11 July 2011. Please also contact Lucy with any queries or requests for further information.
Completed articles will have a submission deadline of 10 January 2012.
Please note that Participations operates an open-­refereeing policy. For more information see the website

Freitag, 13. Mai 2011

Call for Submissions: Aggressive Music

Are you interested in aggressive music of any form? This is a call for submissions for an edited collection on aggressive music. This moniker could relate to Hardcore Punk, Death, Metal, Industrial, or any form of music that is intended to be aggressive and/or violent.
Ethnographic, theoretical, personal interview or any format is encouraged for submission.
The editor is requesting abstracts and CV for inclusion to the collection as soon as possible with a deadline of August 31st 2011.
This collection is on a developmental timeline for publishing in 2013 and accepted authors will be encouraged to participate in conference panels leading up to the publication.
If this seems interesting to you please contact the editor at the below contact information for discussion and possible inclusion. Thank you.
For further information on this project please visit http://skinnedtothebone.blogspot.com/

Eric James Abbey
Oakland Community College
English Department

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