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Serge G. An International Conference on Serge Gainsbourg

Posted: August 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Paris-Sorbonne University
Collegium Musicae
9–10 April 2018

In 1989, a survey of French cultural taste revealed that Serge Gainsbourg was both one of the most popular singers and yet a near outcast in his native country. When he died, two years later, President Mitterrand called him “our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire”, claiming he had “elevated chanson to the level of art”. But he might just as well have acknowledged Gainsbourg as the first artist to top the British charts with a single in a foreign language. With the hindsight of almost thirty years, one thing is, in any case, certain: sampled by Beck, De La Soul, Massive Attack and Fatboy Slim, remixed by Howie B. and David Holmes, translated by Mick Harvey and covered by Iggy Pop, Donna Summer, Portishead, Madeleine Peyroux, the Pet Shop Boys and Franz Ferdinand, “the man with the cabbage head” remains the Francophone songwriter whose contribution to the international appeal of French popular music has been the most significant in the post-war era. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of his birth, the IReMus’s CRMP (Centre de Recherche sur les Musiques Populaires) is organising the first international conference on this protean creator standing at the crossroads of pop music and chanson. We welcome papers on topics including (but not restricted to):

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Cool Retro Camp Trash. Aesthetic Concepts in Popular Culture

Posted: August 10th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Freiburg, 3–5 May 2018

The aesthetic quality of the popular is now undisputed. In fact, it can be argued that popular culture has become the dominant cultural paradigm of our days, which takes shape in music, film, literature, social media, fashion etc. In order to meet this cultural transformation with due attention, the aesthetic concepts of popular culture are to be scrutinized for the first time from a broad academic perspective.
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HardWired. Discussion about Heavy Metal-Research VI: So far, so good…so what? Approaching the Metal Realities

Posted: August 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Siegen (Germany)
May 03-05, 2018

Organisers: Florian Heesch, Reinhard Kopanski, Laura Patrizia Fleischer and Aleksandar Golovin (University of Siegen; Faculty II; Department of Arts and Music; Popular Music and Gender Studies)

Deadline for submitting proposals: 31th October 2017

Confirmed speakers: Anna-Katharina Höpflinger (LMU Munich, Germany / University of Lucerne, Switzerland); Holger Hübner (Promoter of Wacken Open Air, Germany); Susanne Sackl-Sharif (FH Johanneum – University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria); Karl Spracklen (Leeds Beckett University, UK); Holger Stratmann (Publisher of Rock Hard Magazine, Germany);

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