A CONFERENCE ON LOVE AND ROCK MUSIC, April 16 & 17, 2014, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3 (France),

full name / name of organization: 
claude chastagner université montpellier 3, France



Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3 (France)

April 16 & 17, 2014

A joint production University of Chester (United Kingdom) – Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3 (France)

Sponsored by Études Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone (EMMA)
and The Chester Centre for Research in Arts and Media (CCRAM) (to be confirmed)

Call for Papers

Music historians have often associated archetypal rock music with rebellion and social unrest - political protest, generational conflict, individualism, narcissism, and sexual liberation. Likewise, the press, public authorities, medical and religious institutions have routinely considered rock music as a more or less overt, dangerous form of opposition to established order, crystallizing teenage revolt. Rock has been construed as a language of resistance and grammar of protest, embodying the spirit as well as the letter of subversion.

Rock songs, however, have often taken love as a central theme – love between men and women, brothers and sisters, parents and children, or friends; sometimes for a dog, a car, a bike, or even a pair of shoes; sometimes universal, spiritual love.

Exploring the place and role of love in rock may open up new perspectives from which we can analyze the genre and its audience. We invite papers from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that explore themes associated with the many roles of love in rock music, from all periods and geographical areas.

The papers must be unpublished and can be delivered either in French or in English.
Proposals (300 words in French or in English + a short biography) must be sent either to Mark Duffett (m.duffett@CHESTER.AC.UK) or to Claude Chastagner (claude.chastagner@univ-montp3.fr). They shall feature the first and last name, field, status, affiliation, and electronic address of the author, as well as 5 key words.
The document will be saved under the following: LASTNAME.firstname.doc.

Deadline for proposals: July 15, 2013.
Summer 2013: evaluation of the proposals by the Scientific Committee
October 2013: notification of the decision to the authors

Mark Duffet, University of Chester
Claude Chastagner, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3

Scientific Committee
Andy Arleo, Université de Nantes
Paul Carr, School of Cultural & Creative Industries, Cardiff
Stan Cuesta, Écrivain, Journaliste (Rolling Stone, Rock & Folk), Montpellier
John Dean, Université de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Magalie Dumousseau, Université d'Avignon
Vincent Dussol, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3
Charlotte Gould, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3
Elsa Grassy, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg
John Mullen, Université Paris Est, Créteil-Val de Marne
Christophe Pirenne, Université Catholique de Louvain
Simon Warner, University of Leeds