Cultural Studies Association (3/24,25,26/11): Critical, and Cultural, Approaches to Music

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Sheila Liming
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Though often considered most at home in literature and language arts, cultural studies has, from time to time, lent its critical eye toward music. Major figures associated with the history and methods of cultural studies, including G.W.F. Hegel, Theodor Adorno, and Edward Said, left their more familiar realms of study to consider and write critically about music. This panel aspires to follow that historical trend and present a variety of presentations which highlight theoretical approaches to music and music criticism consistent with the methods of cultural studies.

In particular, given this year's CSA conference location and host, Columbia College Chicago, and both that city and school's historical relationship with African American culture, we would like to solicit papers/presentations that target jazz, blues, hip-hop, or other forms of music historically rooted in African American culture. In order to foster a lively, diverse conversation about the place of music criticism in cultural studies, however, we invite additional submissions dealing with any musical genre or topic that offer theoretical, cultural studies-centered approaches to their subjects.

Deadline for abstracts is September 1, 2010: please send abstracts (in the body of the email, not as attachments) to