Call for Papers: The Aesthetics of Horror in Music Videos (Edited Collection)
The grotesque and bizarre have accompanied many lyrics and melodies throughout the decades. Whether it is used to fit the Gothic narrative of bands such as Bauhaus and The Cure, or to serve as a device to create buzz surrounding the artist/band, such as the monstrous element of Lady Gaga’s early persona, the shock factor of audiovisual aesthetics has played a pivotal role in the development of contemporary soundscapes. From Michael Jackson’s Zombie infested “Thriller” to The Weeknd’s experimentation of male-gaze induced ultraviolence in “Pretty,” this edited collection looks at the unique history and social-cultural significance of the aestheticization of Horror, which has come to represent one of the multiple facets of how musicians shock their viewers while promoting sales of their albums/records.
We invite proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers.
Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
- Horror Iconography in Music Videos
- Horror Music Video Directors
- Horror Music Video Analysis
- The Metaphysical use/s of Gothic Iconography in 80’s Music Videos
- The use of Horror Aesthetics as Homage, Parody, and/or Satire in Music Videos
- Horror Imagery as Cultural Expression
- Horror as a tool for Socio/Political Visualization in Music Videos
- Horror and Music Video Animation
- Ultraviolence and the Male Gaze in Music Videos
- The Association of Horror and Heavy Metal Music Videos
- Shock Value and Surrealism in Music Videos
Please email proposals of no more than 350 words to Miniature Malekpour at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org