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Elvis lives in Amsterdam: Manifestations of the imaginary musician

Posted: April 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Amsterdam, 29 November – 1 December 2018 

Conference convenors: Rutger Helmers and Oliver Seibt

From Marvel’s Kiss comics of the late 1970s to Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger acting out different facets of Bob Dylan’s public persona in Todd Hayne’s experimental film I’m not there; from continuous assertions that the guy on stage isn’t the real Paul McCartney to YouTube videos showing Nigerian Michael Jackson impersonators; from Hans Sachs, the sixteenth-century Meistersinger, still performing regularly in Wagner’s opera, to a virtual band like Gorillaz; from Adrian Leverkühn’s pact with the devil in Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustusto the unsolved mystery of Chet Baker’s defenestration from Amsterdam’s Prins Hendrik Hotel.

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(Dis-)Orientations of Popular Music

Posted: March 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

28th Conference of the German Society for Popular Music Studies (GfPM)
Department of Music, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
16–18 November 2018

In Queer Phenomenology, Sara Ahmed describes orientation as a fundamental function of human experience. Significances of orientation range from inclinations and attitudes to processes of physical and spatial direction. In their multiple dimensions, orientations condition the way in which bodies experience strangeness, familiarity, normality, belonging, and displacement. As functions that fundamentally shape ways of being in the world, orientations therefore must be regarded as nodal points in the attribution of power and control. Orienting and disorienting means intervening into how we physically and mentally inhabit the world.

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Music in Science Fiction

Posted: March 15th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Deadline: April 30, 2018 (abstracts); October 15, 2018 (full articles)

We invite you to submit articles for the volume 64 (2019) “Musik in der Science-Fiction / Music in Science fiction” of the yearbook “Lied und Populaere Kultur / Song and Popular Culture”. The yearbook is published by the Zentrum fuer Populaere Kultur und Musik (Freiburg University).

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There’s a song to be sung:  critical reflections on the music and influence of Johnny Clegg

Posted: March 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for chapters

Proposal submission: 30 April 2018
Full chapters due: 31 January 2019


As Johnny Clegg closes a chapter on his music career with his ‘The final journey’ concert tour (2017-2018), it is an appropriate and long overdue moment to reflect analytically on his musical career.
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Blackpool in the moving image and popular music

Posted: March 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for Chapter Proposals

We would like to invite contributions for an upcoming edited collection exploring the historical and contemporary presence of Blackpool in popular music and the moving image.

“Whilst something of a ‘late developer’ as a tourist location, Blackpool’s geographical proximity to the densely populated industrial centres of Northern England coupled with the nineteenth century growth of the railway network dovetailing with increased working-class spending power led to Blackpool becoming the world’s first – and largest – working-class seaside resort.  By the end of the nineteenth century, with its three piers, a tower, as well as the country’s first electric tramway amongst other initiatives, Blackpool was hosting four million visitors a year and is pre-eminence amongst British seaside resorts catering for a working-class demographic was firmly established.

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