CfP: Pop Without Tech (Milwaukee)

American Musicological Society Popular Music Study Group
“Pop Without Tech”
November 6-9, 2014 – Milwaukee, WI
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Website: www.ams-net.org/studygroups/pmsg/events.html

The AMS Popular Music Study Group is pleased to announce its fourth annual paper session, to be held at the 2014 joint meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory. We welcome interested scholars to submit paper proposals on topics concerning popular music and the lack of technology. Popular music scholars have long been concerned with technology, from the early influence of the carbon microphone and the recording studio to the impact of contemporary digital media. Yet the absence of technology can also play a crucial role in the construction and interpretation of musical meaning, as an aesthetic choice, a repudiation of convention, or a political statement.

We invite submissions on any subject related to popular music and the lack of technology. Possible themes to explore include:

  • Resistance to technology
  • Marginalized or undertheorized technologies
  • Gendered interpretations of technology
  • Queer approaches to technology
  • Re-appropriation or “misuse” of technology
  • Oppositional uses of technology
  • Unconventional uses of technology

We define “popular music” in the broadest possible sense, including, but not limited to pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, EDM, country, minstrelsy, parlor songs, Tin Pan Alley, and jazz, as well as non-Western popular musics. We seek papers from a wide variety of disciplinary, methodological, and personal perspectives. Special consideration will be given to topics traditionally underrepresented in contemporary scholarship.

The session format allots each speaker 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion. If accepted, participants must follow conference registration policies. Send proposals of no more than 300 words via Word document to Joanna Love, jlove at richmond.edu. Along with your name, affiliation, and email address, indicate audio, visual, or other needs for the presentation.

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