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Conferences Sponsored by the Center

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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