3rd Global Conference: Can I Play with Madness? Metal, Dissonance, Madness and Alienation (November 2010: Prague)

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Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Heavy Fundametalisms:
Can I Play with Madness? Metal, Dissonance, Madness and Alienation

Monday 8th November – Wednesday 10th November 2010
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
From the outset of the forging Heavy Metal's music and culture, madness has been an ever present theme. From Black Sabbath's Paranoid through Iron Maiden's Can I Play with Madness? to the more recent Psychosocial chant from Slipknot, madness and mental illness are just of the few well known examples has featured in the Metal mainstream. It is a fascination with madness that further belches out on to the surface from the metal underground. Madness is not confined to the lyrical and musical expressions of the artists, but can be used to describe features of the entire metal scene in its exuberant expression of alienation, by individuals through to the chaotic theatre of the pit.

This third conference in the series Heavy Fundametalisms invites submissions on the theme of heavy Metal, madness, dissonance and alienation. Under this heading, applicants are encouraged to consider subjects that spring forth but are not restricted to:

~ Metal, Madness and the creative mind
~The troubled soul: metal in the poetic tradition
~ Metal and the asylum
~ Metal Monstrosity
~ Mental health, metal as therapy, metal in therapy
~ Gendered conceptions of madness in metal
~ Metal and mental illness
~ Metal and hysteria
~ Chaos vs order
~ Madness and Alienation
~ Metal – alienation vs inclusion/belonging
~ Metal and dissonance-musical and social/cultural
~ Metal and aggression
~ Doom, gloom and misery
~ Metal, sin and redemption
~ Suicide, death
~ Self Harm, pain, body art and madness
~ Robert Walser's critical madness
~ The genealogy of misery in Metal

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 28th May 2010. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 24th September 2010.

300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Niall Scott
The International School for Communities Rights and Inclusion
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Email: nwrscott@uclan.ac.uk

Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
Email: mmp3@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Ethos Hub series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Critical Issues domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration.

All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume, or for the launch edition of a new interdisciplinary journal examining intersections of music and politics and published by the Inter-Disciplinary Press.

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