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Center for Popular Music Studies



**Upcoming Conference**


Popular Music and Communities
Graduate Student Conference
October 2-3, 2015


Friday October 2nd, 2015

Clark Hall, Room 206, Case Western Reserve University

10:00 – 11:00 – Session I – Performers as Creators of Community

  1. Natalie Oshukany, CUNY – “Americanizing” the Criminal Song: Willi Tokarev and Russian-Jewish Immigrant Identity in 1980s New York City
  2. Bryan Wright, U Pittsburgh – The Ragtime Piano Revival Community in America


11:00 – 11:15 – Break


11:15 – 12:15 – Session II – Community Borders

  1. Nicole Winger, U Western Ontario – Reinterpreting Harry Belafonte: A Narrative of Resistance, Activism and Crossover Success
  2. Sean Peterson, U Oregon – “Hip-Hop Without a DJ”: Authenticating The Roots in an Era of Sample-Based Hegemony


12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 – Session III – Fandoms

  1. Catherine Hall, Florida State – “Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock!”: Music and Heroism in the Harry Potter Fandom
  2. Sarah Suhadolnik, U Michigan – Watch, Tweet, Listen, Repeat: Channel Surfing to the Top of the Charts


2:15 – 3:00 – Break/travel to Rock Hall Library and Archive


3:00 – 4:00 – Tour of the Rock Hall Library and Archive


4:00 – 5:00 -Keynote, Norma Coates, University of Western Ontario (at Rock Hall Library)

Fantasies and Humpty-Dumpties: Teen Girls, the Monkees, and The Monkees.



Saturday October 3rd, 2015

Clark Hall, Room 206, Case Western Reserve University

10:30 – 12:00 – Session IV – Self-Defining Group Identity

  1. Danielle Maggio, U Pittsburgh – “Soul Power”: Black Popular Music as a Mobilizing Force For Radical Activism in Chicago, 1967-1973
  2. C. Megan MacDonald, Florida State U – White as Snow: Performances of Whiteness in Depression-Era Southern Gospel Communities
  3. Marco Accattatis, Rutgers – Work Hard, Play Hard: Normalizing Neoliberal Ideology in Popular Music


12:00 – 1:15 – Lunch


1:15 – 2:15 – Session V – Parody & (Mis)interpretation

  1. Trevor Nelson, Michigan State – Bottoms Up: Parody, Camp, and Homonormative Critique in the Music of Willam Belli
  2. John Hausmann, U Cincinnati CCM – The Deadhead Community, Parodies, and the Marginalization of the Counterculture


2:15 – 2:45 – Break


2:45 – 3:45 Session VI – Community & Belonging

  1. Christa Anne Bentley, UNC Chapel Hill – Self-Expression and Communal Belonging in Singer-Songwriter Performance from the 1970s
  2. Ryland Bennett, Tufts – The Cult of “Keytar Bear:” Performing Utopia for Boston’s Masses


3:45 – 4:00 – Break


4:00 – 5:00 – Keynote, Mark Katz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“We Need You to Get this Right”: Musical Communities and the Responsibilities of the Scholar.



Mission Statement The Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University exists to promote scholarship and teaching about the history and significance of popular music, which includes collaborations and partnerships with institutions in Cleveland and around the world.

The Center’s goals and objectives include:

  • Support collaboration between researchers and historians of popular music by providing a variety of venues for the exchange of ideas, including but not limited to symposia and conferences.
  • Investigating and creating new approaches to teaching popular music—including performance—that are relevant to elementary, secondary, and university-level students, as well as to anyone interested in the history or importance of popular music.
  • Providing opportunities for graduate students to learn about popular music in an active, critically robust program which also gives them the opportunity to teach courses to undergraduates and community members alike.
  • Advancing emerging research in popular music through the sponsorship of visiting scholars.