CfP: Popular Music of the Rust Belt (AMS Popular Music Study Group)

AMS Popular Music Study Group
Popular Music of the Rust Belt
November 7-10, 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA
Deadline: May 1, 2013

The AMS Popular Music Study Group selection committee announces its third annual paper panel, to be held at the 2013 national meeting the of American Musicological Society. We welcome all AMS members to submit paper proposals on topics regarding American popular music through the lens of the American Rust Belt. Commonly defined through both regional and economic factors, Rust Belt communities have been formative cultural and artistic centers since the middle of the nineteenth century. The area’s geographic, ethnic, and industrial features are inseparable from much of its music, and Rust Belt musicians of varying backgrounds have, in turn, shaped a regional aesthetics. The committee is especially interested in supporting scholarship that engages the urban geography work of Adam Krims.

Topics associated with the region that might be considered include:

  • Rust Belt cities
  • Music associated with artists and authors, such as Andy Warhol and August Wilson
  • Industrialism, post-industrialism, urban renewal, and urban migration
  • Jazz artists such as Lena Horne, Billy Strayhorn, and George Benson
  • Music of Rust Belt immigrant communities
  • Stephen Foster
  • Institutions, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Popular vocalists, such as Dean Martin and Perry Como
  • Urban, Punk, and Industrial musics of the upper Midwest

We invite submissions of 300-word abstracts for a 30-minute paper followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Please submit the following information, in separate files:

  1. An anonymous abstract with title
  2. A cover letter including the title of the proposed presentation and the author’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation, if any, as well as any audio or visual needs.

Please submit the above as PDF or Word documents no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2013 to .

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