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Beyond Genre: Jazz as Popular Music, April 19-21, 2018

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Upcoming Conference

On the occasion of the the 30th anniversary of the publication of Claudia Gorbman’s transformative book, Unheard Melodies, the Center for Popular Music Studies presents a symposium exploring current and emerging scholarship on popular song in film. Participants will include James BuhlerKevin Donnelly,  Richard DyerJennifer FleegerCaryl FlinnJulie Hubbert,  Kathryn Kalinak,  Anahid Kassabian,  Neil Lerner,  Martin MarksDavid NeumeyerJeff SmithRobynn Stilwell, and Elsie Walker.
Gimme Shelter: Popular Music and Protection
February 23-25, 2017
The CPMS hosted the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US-Branch’s annual conference at CWRU. Information about the conference including the program can be found here

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

Speakers included:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Natalie Oshukany (City University of New York), “‘Americanizing’ the Criminal Song: Willi Tokarev and Russian-Jewish Immigrant Identity in 1980s New York City”
Bryan Wright, (University of Pittsburgh), “The Ragtime Piano Revival Community in America”
Nicole Winger (University of Western Ontario), “Reinterpreting Harry Belafonte: A Narrative of Resistance, Activism and Crossover Success”
Sean Peterson (University of Oregon), “‘Hip-Hop Without a DJ’: Authenticating The Roots in an Era of Sample-Based Hegemony”
Catherine Hall (Florida State University), “‘Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock!’: Music and Heroism in the Harry Potter Fandom”
Sarah Suhadolnik (University of Michigan), “Watch, Tweet, Listen, Repeat: Channel Surfing to the Top of the Charts”

Keynote lecture by Norma Coates (University of Western Ontario), “Fantasies and Humpty-Dumpties: Teen Girls, the Monkees, and The Monkees

Saturday October 3, 2015

Danielle Maggio (University of Pittsburgh), “‘Soul Power’: Black Popular Music as a Mobilizing Force For Radical Activism in Chicago, 1967-1973”
C. Megan MacDonald, (Florida State University), “White as Snow: Performances of Whiteness in Depression-Era Southern Gospel Communities”
Marco Accattatis (Rutgers University), “Work Hard, Play Hard: Normalizing Neoliberal Ideology in Popular Music”
Trevor Nelson (Michigan State University), “Bottoms Up: Parody, Camp, and Homonormative Critique in the Music of Willam Belli”
John Hausmann (College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati), “The Deadhead Community, Parodies, and the Marginalization of the Counterculture”
Christa Anne Bentley (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), “Self-Expression and Communal Belonging in Singer-Songwriter Performance from the 1970s”
Ryland Bennett (Tufts University), “The Cult of ‘Keytar Bear:’ Performing Utopia for Boston’s Masses”

Keynote lecture by Mark Katz (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), “‘We Need You to Get this Right’: Musical Communities and the Responsibilities of the Scholar”

“Drumming,” April 26, 2014

Speakers included:

  • Robert Walser (CWRU), “A Typology of Drum Fills”
  • Mandy Smith (CWRU), “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You: The Primitive vs. the Virtuosic in Rock Drumming”
  • Mark Ferber (City College of New York), “Perspectives of Pedagogy of the Drumset”
  • Steven Baur (Dalhousie University), “Toward a Cultural History of the Backbeat”
  • Gareth Dylan Smith (Institue of Contemporary Music Performance), “Embodied Experience, Autoethnograph and Rock”

“Queer Popular Music,” November 16, 2013

Speakers included:

  • Mitchell Morris (Amherst College)
  • Judith Periano (Cornell University)
  • Stephan Pennington (Tufts University)
  • Susan McClary (CWRU)

“’Sing Me That Song Again’:  The History and Impact of Tin Pan Alley,” April 12-13, 2013

Speakers included:

  • Richard Crawford (University of Michigan), “Scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”
  • Walter Frisch (Columbia University), “If Ever a Wiz There Was:  Harold Arlen and American Popular Song”
  • Keir Keightley (University of Western Ontario), “From Hogan’s Alley to Tin Pan Alley”
  • Jeffrey Magee (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne), “From Flatbush to the Sea:  The Cozy Cottage Trope on Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, 1910s-70s”
  • Gillian Rodger (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “When Singing was Acting:  Song and Character in Variety Theater”
  • Rose Rosengard Subotnik (Brown University), “My Father’s Musical Time-Capsule:  American Songs, Sheet Music, and the Dream that Got Away”
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