Metal and Cultural Impact: Metal's Role in the 21st Century

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University of Dayton Department of English and International Society of Metal Music Studies
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Metal Studies is a growing interdisciplinary field, connected to, though not limited to fields as diverse as Popular Culture, Leisure Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, History, English Studies, Music, Cultural and Critical Studies, Gender Studies, Critical Theory, and Business and Economics.

This conference aims to examine Metal culture's role in society throughout the world. Does Metal seek to bring people together or pull them away from mainstream culture? Does it serve as a rallying cry for the oppressed throughout the world? Has its development over time negatively affected the quality of the music, or has the changing nature of our world made it that much more important to its fans, musicians, and those who control the industry? How has Metal music and its culture adapted with the changing world--or has it? And, as Metal continues to be a part of world cultures, how will it not only affect the world, but also how will it be affected by the world?

We welcome individual proposals or pre-formed panels that address any or all of these questions. Possible individual themes that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:

Metal and Culture
Metal in the Future
Economics/Business of Metal
Metal and the Grotesque
Metal as Literature
Metal and Homoeroticism
Metal's influence on Society
Life on the Road
Metal as an educating Tool
Perceptions of Metal
Metal and Social Justice
Metal as Controversy
Metal and Religion
Metal and Race
Metal and Gender
Metal's Fans
Relevance of Metal Today

Please send a 300 word proposal which describes your individual presentation. If you are part of a pre-formed panel, each member of the panel should submit an individual proposal, and the group should write a 500 word proposal which makes connections among the 3-4 members' presentations, discussing how they work together to present/elucidate a particular theme or subject relevant to the conference.

Proposals should be written in Microsoft Word with the following information included:
Author's name
Institutional affiliation (if there is one)
Job title
Email address
Title of the proposal
Proposal body

Proposals are due no later than May 2, 2014

The conference is November 6-8 at the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA

Proposals should be sent to Bryan A. Bardine, Ph.D. at the following address:

Papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of Metal Music Studies. The planning committee will invite a selection of the strongest authors to submit full papers. Papers submitted will be subject the usual peer review process, so selection to submit will not be a guarantee of a paper being accepted.

This conference is also being supported by the International Society of Metal Music Studies.