UPDATE: “Music and Politics” at SW/TX-PCA/ACA 13-16 Feb 2008 (Dec 1)
The 28th Annual Meeting of the SW/TX PCA/ACA
February 13–16, 2008
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The SW/TX PCA/ACA annual conference represents one of the nation's largest gatherings of interdisciplinary scholars, with a particular interest in critical examinations of non-traditional or cross-disciplinary topics. In order to maximize the pool of submissions, the deadline for proposals has been extended to December 1.
The 2008 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency downtown, and the Keynote Speaker will be Joy Harjo, an internationally known poet, performer, writer and musician of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. Further details regarding the conference (listing of all areas, hotel, registration, tours, etc.) can be found at
Now accepting proposals for “Music and Politics” (formerly “Protest Music”) in the Music Area, a well-represented area with outstanding participants in years past. We welcome proposals on the interaction of music and political activity—broadly defined—their role in American popular culture, including storytelling, film, television, radio, literature, and the Internet. Prospective topics include:
For purposes of this conference, “Protest Music” may be defined as music which carries oppositional politic connotations in either (a) content, (b) intent, OR (c) reception. Hence, musics which may originate without protest content or intent may, in changing contexts, be seen as protest-oriented.
* Music as a tool of social commentary or political protest in the Southwest
* Protest or radical musics of immigrant communities, particularly those which came from elsewhere and were established in the Southwest
* Protest or radical musics of historically-underrepresented minorities: persons of color, LGBT, women, etc.
* Protest or radical musics across the continent as a tool of commentary or social change.
* Appropriations, assimilations, borrowings, and “readings” of protest or radical musics into mainstream literature and culture
Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to Chris Smith at the email address below; Dr Smith will coordinate the panel but it will be chaired, in his absence, by a qualified substitute. Proposals (electronic only, please) should include current curriculum vitae or résumé (3-page maximum) and a 250-word abstract, including name, institutional affiliation if any, and working title. For graduate students a complete list of SW/TX PCA/ACA awards and submission information is available at the conference website
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