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Home of Metal: Heavy Metal and Place

Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Capsule and the University of Wolverhampton
Location: University of Wolverhampton
Date: 1st – 4th September 2011

Keynote speakers: Prof. Scott Wilson, Kingston University (TBC) Prof. Deena Weinstein, DePaul University (TBC).

The Heavy Metal movement is littered with accounts of its birth, not only concerning the origins of the sound, but also the geographical and political locations from which the music evolved. The now global phenomenon of Heavy Metal culture has seen much change in the sounds, styles and fashions over its 40 years of history, but is simultaneously acutely aware of its origins in Birmingham and The Black Country (UK).

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Rhythm Changes: Jazz and National Identities

Posted: October 13th, 2010 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

2-4 September 2011, Amsterdam

The first Rhythm Changes Conference will take place in September 2011 and will be hosted in partnership with the Conservatory of Amsterdam.  The three-day Conference will explore the theme of ‘Jazz and National Identities’ and will include presentations from an international line up of jazz researchers.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Bruce Johnson (Universities of Macquarie, Turku and Glasgow)
Professor Ronald Radano (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Conference outline

Throughout its history, jazz has played an important part in discourses about national identity, politics and cultural value; indeed, the music continues to play a complex role in the cultural life of nations worldwide. Within this context, jazz is an ideal cultural form from which to explore a number of critical questions bound up with national identity, from the development of national sounds and ensembles to the politics of migration and race, from the impact of globalisation and the hybridisation of musical styles to the creation of social institutions and distinct communities, from jazz’s shifting aesthetic status from popular to canonical ‘art’ music.  Jazz has developed in a range of national settings through different influences and interactions, so is ideally placed to explore wider issues surrounding identity and inheritance, enabling unique perspectives on how culture is exchanged, adopted and transformed.

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Tango: Creation, Identification, Circulation

Posted: October 4th, 2010 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

International conference
October 27-28, 2011 – Paris, France
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

This international conference held in Paris will gather together researchers from diverse disciplinary orientations (historical, sociological, anthropological, musicological) working on the tango and its various aspects (music, dance, poetry). This interdisciplinary conference, organized by the Center for Research in Arts and Language (CRAL, EHESS-CNRS) and affiliated with the ANR GLOBALMUS research program, takes place after UNESCO’s official recognition of the tango as international Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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