CfP: Popular Music and Communities (Case Western Reserve University)

Graduate Student Conference in Popular Music Studies:
„Popular Music and Communities“
October 2-3, 2015 – Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Deadline: 31 March 2015

The Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University is pleased to announce a graduate student conference on the theme “Popular Music and Communities”. Participants will explore how popular music works to establish and complicate constructions of community. The conference will feature keynote presentations by Professor Norma Coates (University of Western Ontario) and Professor Mark Katz (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), as well as an event in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives. Possible topics to explore include, but are not limited to:

  • Popular music communities and identity. How do people negotiate their identities within popular music communities? How does popular music help listeners to navigate between personal and shared identities? How are concepts of selfhood and belonging negotiated through popular repertories’and vice versa?
  • Fan communities and cyber communities. How do listeners participate in musicking through fan clubs, tribute bands, and fan videos? How have social networking, YouTube, and discussion boards changed the way we consume, disseminate, and find meaning in music?
  • Popular music across various media. What roles do film, television, video games, literature, and other forms of media play in representing and establishing communities centered on popular music?

We define popular music as broadly as possible, including, but not limited to: pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, EDM, country, blues, minstrelsy, musicals, Tin Pan Alley, and jazz, as well as non-Western popular musics. All proposals on popular music topics will be considered, but we will give special consideration to submissions that cater to the theme.

Each presentation will be thirty minutes: twenty minutes for the paper and ten minutes for questions. Please submit proposals to cpms -at- by March 31, 2015. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and any special technological requests (all presenters will have access to sound, projector, and an RGB hookup). Abstracts should be sent as Word documents and should exclude any information that may identify the author. Limited travel support may be available for those whose abstracts are chosen. Please send any questions to cpms -at-

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