The ISMMS Board
Dr. Bryan BardineChair
Bryan is a Professor in the Dept. of English at the University of Dayton. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Literacy from Kent State University. Both his M.A. and B.A.are in English from the University of Dayton. Bryan’s first book, Heavy Metal Music and Popular Culture, co-edited with three other scholars, was released in March 2016. His article, “Metal and Gothic Literature: Examining the Darker Side of Life (and Death),” appeared in the conference proceedings for the Modern Heavy Metal Conference, and his article “From Sabbath to Slayer: Using Metal in the Writing Classroom,” appeared in his co-edited book Cultural Connections on Metal: Unity in Disparity (2016). His next book, a co-edited collection with Jerome Stueart, Living Metal: Metal Scenes around the World is due in November, 2021. He was the Coordinator of the Metal and Cultural Impact Conference (2014) and the Metal in Strange Places Conference (2016). Bryan predominantly teaches courses in composition, pedagogy, American Literature and Gothic Literature as well as his Metal as Cultural Experience course.
Dr. Owen CogginsSecretary
Owen has a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Brunel University London, investigating ambiguity, ideology and marginal religiosity in black metal music culture. He previously worked as a Researcher at music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, and before that completed a PhD in Religious Studies and Music at the Open University. Owen’s interdisciplinary research concerns how religion, particularly in marginal or oppositional forms, is imagined, practiced, discussed and represented in popular music cultures. Ambiguity and ambivalence are often important issues in this research, especially when exploring music which features noise, distortion or other extreme sounds. A monograph, Mysticism, Ritual and Religion in Drone Metal, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2018, and was awarded the International Association for the Study of Popular Music’s 2019 Book Prize. Other publications have appeared in Popular Music, Implicit Religion, Metal Music Studies and elsewhere, addressing questions of reception, ambivalence and ideology in noise, industrial, extreme metal and other popular music genres.
Dr. Lewis KennedyTreasurer & Membership Officer
Lewis is a musicologist and independent scholar based in Hull (UK). His work on metal includes a PhD on conceptualising genre in metal and hardcore music (University of Hull, 2018) and co-editing the ‘Metal and Musicology’ special issue of Metal Music Studies with M. Selim Yavuz (2019). Lewis has published on the lyrics of Babymetal (2021), NWOAHM and notions of heritage-making in metal/hardcore historiography (2021), and has a chapter on the Hull metal/hardcore scene in a forthcoming volume.
Dr. Ross HagenCommunications Officer
Dr. Nelson Varas-DíazEvents Officer
Dr. Steven GambleWebmaster
Steve is a Marie Curie Research Fellow in Music at University College Cork (Ireland) and the author of the Routledge monograph How Music Empowers: Listening to Modern Rap and Metal (2021). Following study at the Universities of Surrey, Oxford, and Kingston (London), he taught and established an academic skills department at BIMM Institute, Brighton. He is an active member of European popular music studies communities, having published work in Popular Music, the Journal on the Art of Record Production, and Metal Music Studies (where he serves on the editorial advisory board).
Douglas is a PhD student at the department of Religious Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden. He has held senior scholarships from the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul and the Orient Institute in Istanbul, for his research on the Turkish black metal scene. His most recent publications include “Spreading VX-Gas over Kaaba: Islamic semiotics in Turkish black metal” in the forthcoming anthology Culture and Politics in New Turkey (Edinburgh University Press, 2021) and he co-authored “The Enemy Within: Conceptualizing Turkish Metalheads as the Ideological ’Other’” (Intellect Press, 2021) and “I am Satan! black metal, Islam, and blasphemy in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.” (Contemporary Islam, 2018). He is currently working on his dissertation which is an ethnographic study of the Turkish black metal scene.