CfP: Italian Pop Music and Lyrics (Indiana University Bloomington)

Italian Pop Music and Lyrics
March 29, 2014 – Indiana University Bloomington

In Italian studies, the role of popular music and lyrics is complex and rich. The relationship between music and poetry goes back to the origins of Italian literature, and is still alive in contemporary culture. This conference, the second of its kind at Indiana University, seeks to continue the conversation on popular music in Italy in the 20th and 21st Centuries. We invite contributions from scholars at all levels on any aspect of Italian pop music. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The relationship between music and lyrics
  • Contact between popular music and literature
  • Pop music and visual culture
  • Questions of (national, regional, etc.) identity in popular music
  • Lyrics in translation
  • Pop music and politics or social issues
  • Gender and sexuality in pop music
  • Folk music
  • Language and lyrics
  • Pop music in Italian language teaching

Please send abstracts of no more than 400 words to italianpopmusic at by November 30, 2013.

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