Words, Music and Propaganda

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor
contact email: 

Words, Music and Propaganda

September 15-17, 2022

Faculty of Arts/Faculty of Education

University of Maribor

Koroška cesta 160

2000 Maribor

The fifth Words and Music conference organized by the English Department of the Faculty of Arts and the Music Department of the Faculty of Education at the University of Maribor will explore the relation between words, music and propaganda, and the place of that relation in history and in modern contemporary culture.

Papers from all fields of study are welcome, including musicology, history, political science, law, anthropology sociology, psychoanalytic theory, Marxism, feminist theory, and translation studies, and from different critical perspectives, such as literary and linguistic analysis, Gender Studies, ethnomusicology, critical musicology, stylistics, and popular music studies, applied to genres including folk and protest music, American and European jazz, popular and classical music, and rap.

Suggested panels include, but are not limited to:

Music in the Cold War: Radio Free Europe, Jamming, and Censorship

Patriotism and Protest in Classical, Folk and Popular Music

Animated Cartoon Soundtracks in Wartime

Nationalism and propaganda in film scores

Decadence, Dissidents and Dissonance: the Corrupting Influence of Jazz

Hippies, Flower Power and Conservative Backlash

The Dixie Chicks and Pussy Riot: Female Voices Take On the Establishment

Music and National Identity

National Anthems and Patriotic Songs

The Voice of the Outsider: the Role and Position of Expatriates in Music

Satire or Sedition: International Acceptance or Prosecution of Freedom of Speech

Didactic Dimensions of Words, Music and Propaganda

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of up to 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and contact telephone number) by May 1, 2022. Submissions in English, Slovene and German are all welcome.

Contact email: wordmusicpropaganda@um.si