AIDS and Music, NEMLA
Boston, April 2003
CFP: AIDS and Music (9/15/02; NEMLA '03, Boston, 6-9 April 2003) Papers are sought for a proposed panel on "AIDS and Music" at the 2003 NEMLA convention in Boston. AIDS narratives -- that is, the literary expression of the disease -- are undeniably captivating and oft-studied facets of the pandemic. As there is a large and comprehensive body of literature about AIDS, there is also a body of music addressing aspects of the disease. Indeed, music about AIDS, arguably, reaches a larger, more diverse audience; thus, it is ripe for study of its implications and/or contradictions. Accordingly, papers might examine artists with AIDS (Eazy-E, Liberace, Freddie Mercury); lyrical content about AIDS (by artists e.g. Madonna, Janet Jackson, George Michael); notions of performativity (Tom Hanks's treatment of "Mamma Morta" in "Philadelphia"); the AIDS song as fundraiser ("That's What Friends Are For," the Red Hot series); music videos about AIDS; popular and critical reception of AIDS music, and, by extension, the artist(s) performing the song(s); or other aspects of the interconnectivity between AIDS and music. Full-length papers or abstracts of these papers due by September 15. To allow for a substantive question and answer session, papers should be read in a twenty-minute time frame. Additionally, participants must be current in NEMLA membership dues by October 1. E-submissions are preferred, and may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies may be mailed to: Chris Bell 7752 South Luella Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60649 USA Please feel free to email questions as well. All submissions will hear a response by October 1st, 2002. For more information about NEMLA membership and/or the convention, please visit www.nemla.org.