2nd Global Conference
Heavy Fundametalisms: Music, Metal and Politics
Tuesday 10th November - Thursday 12th November 2009
Call for Papers
What makes metal powerful? Is it the power of amplification, the brutality of the music, the violence of its discourse? Is power essential to the core of metal? Is metal a mechanism for the dissemination of power?
The terms ‘heavy metal’ and power may be so strongly related as to suggest they are cultural synonyms. Power in heavy metal music extends well beyond the boundaries of performance, seeping into to other music genres and the cultures and subcultures that compose the scene. Metal power modification may be on plain display, but behind this, deep in the fabric of metal culture a plethora of debates can be surmised on what exactly power is and what can be understood by it, from the stage through to the politics, ideologies, culture and lifestyle in metal. This conference investigates the varied relationships between heavy metal music and sexual potency, social agency, coercion, bodily strength, ideological domination, and myriad other forms of social, psychological, and physical power in modern human existence.
The second conference meeting of this project on heavy metal, music and politics aims to bring together papers on the theme of Metal and power. We hope to promote contributions from a range of disciplines, including the sciences.
Abstracts are invited for submission under, but not restricted to the following headings:
* Heavy Metal power (hegemony, commodification, globalization,sexualities)
* Intersectionalities of power and structural relationships (gender, race, nation, class)
* Intersectionalities of theories of identity issues of whiteness
* Masculinity and politics
* Lack of power/absence of power
* Power and psychology
* Nietzsche, Foucault and power
* Knowledge production and power discourse
* Nationalism racism and identity construction in pagan metal
* The power, ballad
* Cock rock, poodle hair and power metal
* Battle metal and mythologies of war
* Power, sexuality and the subject
* Post-structural analysis of the construction of the subject
* Gender and Power in Metal
* Identity Construction
* Scarring, piercing and fashion
* Psychology of the Self
* Self-loathing, self-destruction and violence
* Sublimation of aggression and the erotic in the music and scene
* Power and discharge
* Power in the metal music industry
* Musicology: the powerchord
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 12th June 2009. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 9th October 2009.
300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Centre for Professional ethics
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, U.K
Email: nwrscott [at] uclan.ac.uk
The conference is part of the Ethos Hub series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Critical Issues domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume, or for the launch edition of a new interdisciplinary journal examining intersections of music and politics and published by the Inter-Disciplinary Press.
For further details about the project please visit:
For further details about the conference please visit:
Dr Rob Fisher
Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire. OX29 8HR
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