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Metal in Strange Places: Aural, Tactile, Emotional, Visual

Posted: February 6th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

October 20-October 22, 2016
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio, USA

In recent years Metal Studies conferences have examined the business of metal, metal’s cultural impact, metal and communal experience, and popular culture and metal, just to name a few. As Metal Studies expands, more and more themes and topics need to be researched by scholars around the world.

In October 2016 the University of Dayton will be hosting a conference which looks at the history of metal, through a variety of entry ways, such as genres, bands, or within different countries or cultures.  Furthermore, the conference aims to examine metal by placing it—whether in physical spaces where bands come together, are formed, or even where they are “placed” within societies or cultures. Finally, how does Metal look at the body—through the visuals of ink? Of the concert experience? Headbanging? The Mosh Pit—and many other ways. Metal in Strange Places wants to broaden Metal Studies to learn more about how metal is seen and experienced throughout the world.

We welcome individual proposals or pre-formed panels of 3 or 4  members that address any or all of these topics and issues. Possible individual themes that may be addressed include but are not limited to:

  • History of Metal music
  • Marginalization of Metal
  • The Physics of Metal
  • Historicization of Metal
  • Metal Genres and Subgenres
  • Musical development of Metal
  • Metal as “Home”
  • The Visuals of Metal
  • Defining Metal
  • Metal as a Religion
  • Region and Metal
  • Formation of the Metal Band
  • Gender and Metal
  • Metal and Homoeroticism
  • The Concert Venue and Metal
  • Metal as a Change Agent
  • Metal’s Role in Countries
  • Metal and Culture
  • Metal Fans
  • Metal and Emotion
  • Metal and the City
  • Periods and Metal

What to Send

Please send a 300 word proposal which describes your individual presentation.  If you are part of a pre-formed panel, each member of the panel should submit an individual proposal, and the group should write a 500 word proposal which makes connections among the 3-4 members’ presentations.

Abstracts should be written in Microsoft Word with the following information included:

  • Author’s name
  • Institutional Affiliation (if there is one)
  • Job title
  • Email address
  • Title of the proposal
  • Proposal body

Proposals are due no later than Friday, April 22, 2016

The conference website will be up on March 1.  Proposals and registration will be handled through the website.  Please do NOT send either to Bryan Bardine.  If you do you will be directed to the website.  However, if you have questions about the conference you may send it to Bryan Bardine at [email protected]

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  1. 1 Ramón Rosario, Ph.D. said at 7:48 pm on April 22nd, 2016:

    Author’s name: Ramón Rosario, Ph.D.

    Institutional Affiliation: University of Puerto Rico

    Job Title: Associate Professor

    Email address: [email protected]

    Title of the proposal: Metal in a Caribbean University

    Proposal body:
    This paper is a report and reflection on the process of developing and teaching a course on Heavy Metal musical and cultural history at the University of Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras campus. It mentions its precedents in other universities, its institutional context and its design process. This paper develops a thorough discussion of the course contents. It explains the course’s epistemological and theoretical framework by criticizing both sociological and aesthetic reductionism and proposing to integrate both dimensions: historical materialism, musical semiology and psychoanalysis serve as a deep epistemological guide for the design of this course. It also comments on critical pedagogy used as the educational framework assumed for this course. This paper discusses the main concepts of the course, namely theoretical basis, sociohistorical context, elementary musical theory, main aesthetical tendencies in Metal music, the examination of sociological dimensions (like gender, ethnic and social class dimensions), its discourses upon those social dimensions and the systematic observation of the Metal scene in Puerto Rico, especially of the main local bands. It also calibrates the pedagogical techniques used through the course. These analyses also include the student’s evaluation of the course. It ends proposing musical semiology as possible and necessary development for the future of this course, for others courses that may follow and for Metal music studies.

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