The Electric Guitar in American Culture (revised deadline)

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Texas Tech University Vernacular Music Center
contact email: 

The Electric Guitar in American Culture

NEW (revised) Deadline: June 15 2018

Conference dates: October 12-14, 2018

Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX USA


It is a pleasure to invite scholars, performers, fans, and the general public to attend and participate at “The Electric Guitar in American Culture” on October 12-13-14, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. The conference is organized by the Vernacular Music Center at the School of Music at Texas Tech University.


Objectives and Themes: The program committee invites papers, panels, and creative presentations on every possible facet of the electric guitar in American culture: popular, vernacular, and cultivated musics; technology, material culture, social geography; commerce, design, marketing; semiotics, organology, reception and/or performance studies, music and gender, and wider topics.


Special Student Conference: The program committee also invites abstracts for inclusion in a special Student Conference on Friday, October 12th. (Please note: students submitting abstracts are requested to include a short note from a supervising faculty member endorsing the submission.)


Topics of interest include Buddy Holly, Fender Guitars, the “vernacularization” of the electric guitar, vernacular musics of Texas and the American Southwest, electric guitar and amplifier design, guitar iconography. But proposals on all aspects of the Electric Guitar in American Culture will be considered.


Abstracts: Deadline for abstracts (MS Word format) is June 15th, 2018. Paper abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Panel abstracts of 250 words, with additional abstracts for each individual paper (3 or 4 papers per panel). Email abstracts in MS Word to: roger.landes -at- Authors of accepted papers/panels will be notified by July 15th, 2018.


Host: The Vernacular Music Center at Texas Tech University is a center for research, teaching, and advocacy in participatory expressive arts which are learned, taught, and passed on by ear and in the memory ( )


Contact: Roger Landes roger.landes -at-