CFP: AMS Popular Music Study Group Conference Panel

by justindburton on April 6, 2012

“The Art of War: American Popular Music and Sociopolitical Conflict, 1860-1945”
Call For Papers: AMS Popular Music Study Group
New Orleans, LA
November 1-4, 2012

The AMS Popular Music Study Group selection committee announces its second annual paper panel, to be held at the 2012 joint meeting of SMT/SEM/AMS. We welcome AMS, SMT and SEM members to submit paper proposals on the topic of American popular music and sociopolitical conflict. This panel seeks to complement the “Music and Protest” joint panel, should it be accepted, by examining the historical contribution of American popular music to wars, whether military, racial, cultural, or political, from the Civil War through World War II. Topics may include the following:

  • Nationalism, jingoism, and protest
  • Music and antebellum/Jim Crow racial politics
  • Parodies and adaptations
  • Musical representations of Native Americans
  • Popular music, cultural hierarchies, and social discipline
  • Labor, suffragette, and temperance movements
  • Music and immigrant communities
  • Music and cinematic representations of war

We invite submissions of 300-word abstracts for 30-minute papers. Please submit the following information, in separate files:

1)    An anonymous abstract with title

2)    A cover letter including the title of the proposed presentation and the author’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation, if any, as well as any audio or visual needs.

Please submit the above as a .pdf, .doc, or .odf no later than Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 to mandy.smith at

Please note that this is different than the earlier CFP for the Popular Music and Protest Panel, submitted as an interdisciplinary panel at the meeting, although the subject matter may certainly overlap.

Other topics that explore aspects of American popular music in general during the proposed period may also be considered.

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