Popular Music: Society, Politics, and History


‘Popular Music: Society, Politics, and History’
University of Strasbourg, 7 February 2020

After having studied multidisciplinary and interartistic contributions to music and
musicology in its two previous editions, the 8th GREAM Young Researchers Conference will explore the social and intersubjective dimension of the musical act. In order to fulfil this aim, it will focus on popular music and its cultural, social, political and historical contexts.
From a historical point of view, scholarly research has often highlighted the significant and sometimes crucial links existing between popular music and the social and political reality. The ambiguous terminology that has characterised – at least in France – the study of these repertoires seems to confirm their moorings in specific economic, sociopolitical and cultural environments. The notion of ‘musiques actuelles’ is widely accepted and institutionalised in France, but it might nonetheless conceal the long history of popular music, which dates back to the nineteenth century (Scott 2008). Other expressions have emphasised the historical continuity of some of these repertoires with youth and student protests (‘musiques des jeunes’), or highlighted their association with cultural industries and mass media that allow them to reach a large audience (see the French term ‘musiques populaires’, which does not constitute an exact translation of the English term ‘popular music’ [Kotarba 2018, 12]), or underscored their connection with recording and amplification technologies (‘musiques amplifiées’) (Le Guern-Frith 2007).The conference is open to the different approaches and methodologies existing in popular music studies, without any geographical or chronological limitation. Proposals that, through particular case studies or wider epistemological reflections, seek to explore the complex relations between popular music and the concepts of cultural resistance, identity, ideology, gender, oppression, power, racism, or violence, will be especially welcome. These reflections may lead us to reconsider the connections between musical acts and sociohistorical events. The plurality of disciplines and approaches to which this one-day conference is devoted calls for the participation of doctoral and early-career researchers working in musicology as well as in other fields of the humanities and social sciences.

During the conference, the papers can be given in French or English and should last around 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute session for questions. Proposals can be submitted in French or English and should include the following elements:
– Title of the paper;
– First name and surname of the speaker. In case of multiple authors, please indicate the author who will communicate with the organisers;
– Status and affiliation (university and/or research centre), if applicable;
– Abstract (max. 400 words) mentioning the contribution of the paper to the conference theme, as well as the context of the research and the methodology employed;
– A short bibliography (max. 5 publications).

Proposals should be sent to nicolo.palazzetti@labexgream.com 
and juan.barrera@labexgream.com by Monday 23 September 2019.

Dr Juan David Barrera, Madeleine Le Bouteiller, Dr Nicolò Palazzetti and Dr Julie Walker

Prof. Alessandro Arbo, Dr Juan David Barrera, Dr Jacopo Costa, Dr Nathalie Hérold, Madeleine Le Bouteiller, Prof. Pierre Michel, Dr Nicolò Palazzetti and Dr Julie Walker

Dr Elsa Grassy, Lecturer in American Studies, University of Strasbourg

CFP (English and French):