CfP: Popular Music and Social Mobility (Louisville)

American Musicological Society Popular Music Study Group:
“Popular Music and Social Mobility”
November 12-15, 2015 – Louisville, KY
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Keynote: Theo Cateforis

The AMS Popular Music Study Group is pleased to announce its fifth annual paper session, to be held at the 2015 meeting of the American Musicological Society. The event will feature Theo Cateforis (Syracuse University) as a guest speaker and panel respondent. We welcome interested scholars to submit paper proposals on topics concerning popular music and social mobility. Recent scholarship in music and mobility studies has explored such topics as geographical movement, from the migration of people through the world to the movement of people through physical spaces such as malls and other public places. Yet popular music can also facilitate or illuminate the manner in which people move through social strata, across class, economic, and cultural divisions.

We invite submissions on any subject related to popular music and social mobility. Some suggested themes include:

  • The facilitation of identity construction through popular music
  • Music as a force for social movement (activism or class mobility)
  • Technologies that afford social movement (social media, mobile devices, etc.)
  • Music revival and its class implications
  • „Ghetto fabulous,“ grunge, and other popular music-associated fashions
  • Popular music’s role in protest, civil unrest, and political movements

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 that have been 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 (.doc, .docx) to Joanna Love, jlove -at- Along with your name, affiliation, and email address, indicate any audio, visual, or other needs for the presentation.

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