CFP: Concepts of Rhythm in Arts, Music, Science and Theory (7/1/07; collection)

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Jan Hein Hoogstad
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Editor: Jan Hein Hoogstad
Book Series: Thamyris / Intersecting: Place, Sex, and 'Race'
Publisher: Rodopi (Amsterdam/New York)
Series Editor: Ernst van Alphen
Deadline for Proposals: July 1, 2007

This volume wishes to draw attention to rhythm as an alternative for =20
the use of textual metaphors in analyzing cultural objects.

With =91Papa=92s Got a Brand New Bag=92 (1965), James Brown challenged =
the =20
status quo by breaking conventions of rhythm. Instead of emphasizing =20
the even beats of a measure ("upbeat"), common in music at the time, =20
the funk pioneer put the stress on the =91one=92 and =91three=92. =
Brown=92s =20
foregrounding of what is called "downbeat" in popular music opened it =20=

up to polyrhythm and syncopation, and changed rhythm from a fixed =20
structure into a site of negotiation. This transformation prefigured =20
similar contestations of social and political structures in songs =20
like =91Say it Loud, I=92m Black and I=92m Proud=92 (1968) or =91Funky =20=

President=92 (1974).

In fields as diverse as music, culture, nature, and economy, rhythm =20
can be seen as a phenomenon that simultaneously connects and divides. =20=

It suggests a certain measure with which people, practices and =20
cultures can comply. Yet, for this very reason rhythm can also =20
function as a field of exclusion, contestation and debate. Whereas =20
its connecting force is often accentuated in the esthetic, political, =20=

and commercial usage of the term, the divisive aspect of rhythm is at =20=

least as important.

This volume wants to rid rhythm of its harmless, nearly esoteric, =20
reputation as a cosmic unifier by understanding it in the light of =20
the contemporary medial turn. For this volume, we welcome =20
contributions that combine the political, aesthetic, and theoretical =20
dimension of rhythm. We invite essays that consider the unifying as =20
well as disruptive potentials of rhythm by performing a close =20
analysis of particular manifestations of rhythm in the contemporary =20
arts, music, politics, economics, and other fields. In short, we are =20
looking for texts that =96 just like James Brown did four decades ago =96 =
complicate, disturb and pluralize the notion of rhythm.

Proposals for contributions to Downbeat: Pluralizing Rhythm may be =20
submitted by email ( before July 1, 2007. =20
Include the proposal (600 words) in the body of the message. Use =20
"Downbeat" as the subject line. Please include a short c.v. The =20
deadline for the finished articles (6,000-8,000 words) is November 1, =20=

2007. All acceptances are conditional on the approval of the series =20
editor. For more information on the Thamyris/Intersecting series, =20
refer to

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