In April, 2013, the Heavy Metal and Popular Culture Conference was held at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. This multi-disciplinary conference was attended by Metal scholars from around the globe. Keynote speakers included Deena Weinstein, Laina Dawes, and Keith Kahn-Harris. Keith’s keynote, entitled “Metal After Metal Studies: What comes next”, attracted significant discussion surrounding the purposes and future of Metal Studies. As a result, a small group of Metal scholars have joined together to propose an edited collection of works. The collection, in which Palgrave has expressed an interest, will be organized around several key themes that were introduced by Keith’s keynote. The four key areas for which we are soliciting papers include:
Resilience – Those papers that address unfounded external attacks that can come from a variety of sources. The aim of such work is to nurture the reflexive tools necessary for Metal to confront external challenges and provide robust answers to any dubious claims of malevolence or immorality.
Memory – Those papers that internally question Metal’s own past and recognize its internal tensions that result from glaring omissions of from its own music history. The aim of such work is to recognize the totality of experience that culminated in the creation and continuation of Metal.
Critique – Those papers that highlight areas where Metal itself can currently be prejudiced, discriminatory and even abusive. The aim of such work is to raise and address these issues in order to positively change Metal, and perhaps society, from within.
Metal beyond Metal – Those papers that attempt to predict the longer term aesthetic, social and cultural shifts that will mark Metal, and indeed popular music, in the future. The aim of such work is to move beyond the past and the present to identify features of Metal in the future.
We would like to invite submissions of abstracts for papers that fit one or more of these key areas. Abstracts should include a brief overview of your sources, your argument, and how both speak to one or more of these key themes.
Abstract length: 500 words (approximately)
Abstract Due date: 15th of November, 2013
Please include your full name, the section you feel your paper best suits, and your institutional affiliation (where applicable)
Abstracts can be sent to: Brenda.Walter@stlcop.edu
Editors: Dave Snell, Gabby Riches, Bryan Bardine, Brenda Gardenour Walter
Brenda Gardenour Walter
Assistant Professor of History
Saint Louis College of Pharmacy
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