CFP: The Power and Politics of Popular Music (6/15/07; MAPACA, 11/2/07-11/4/07)

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Martin Butler
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Call For Papers:
Special Session at the 2007 Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic
Popular/American Culture Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2-4,
The Power and Politics of Popular Music: Intermediality and
The proposed focus of this special session revolves around
intermediality and institutionality as two main axes relevant to a
contextual analysis of popular music. We would like to invite papers
that examine the representation and/or remediation of popular music in
other media. Papers may as well be concerned with the ways in which
various media appropriate forms and themes of popular music and/or adapt
its specific musical poetics. We are also interested in papers
addressing the relevance of the music industry to an analysis of the
social and cultural dimensions of popular music. Prospective topics
include but should not be limited to the following:
* The uses of soundtracks and popular music in films
* The links between popular music genres and literary genres such
as science fiction or horror
* Literary allusion in popular music
* The appropriation, assimilation, and borrowing of popular music
in literature
* The intersection of specific musical genres (beat, rap, techno)
with literary or art movements and innovations
* Instrumentalization of popular music in political campaigns
* Revival of music genres and their political implications
* The function of popular music press in the promotion and
mediation of pop music
* Popular music and the politics of the music industry (hit
charts, star marketing, merchandizing, award ceremonies, televised music
* Music as a specific way of rendering Zeitgeist in TV-shows (e.g.
That 70s Show, The Wonder Years, Tour of Duty)
* The 'lifestyles' associated with different genres of popular
Proposals for twenty-minute papers relating to these or other themes are
invited from scholars working in the fields of Literary Studies, Music
Theory, American Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies,
Sociology, and others.
Please send a one-page (250-300 word) proposal to Martin Butler
( and Arvi Sepp ( <> before June 15, 2007. Include a brief CV or bio and
any A/V needs.
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Received on Wed May 02 2007 - 14:54:41 EDT

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