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Our series of short posts on different topics in metal studies, written to introduce a general audience to current research.

Metal Methodology

A podcast series hosted by ISMMS Secretary Owen Coggins featuring interviews with notable scholars in metal studies.

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All information about events, calls for proposals, and other announcements related to metal music studies.

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Metal and Religion

7-8 September 2022 Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Brno, Czechia The Department for the Study of Religions at Masaryk University invites your participation in a conference on the overall theme of “Metal and Religion” to be held in Brno, Czechia, 7-8 September, 2022. Metal and religion are very closely intertwined areas. From its beginning in the 60’s and 70’s with Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and alike, metal is sourced by various religious themes, especially mythological, demonological, apocalyptical, or occult. Some branches of metal are even explicitly associated with specific...

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Passing of Alfredo Nieves Molina

The International Society for Metal Music Studies is devastated to share the news that Alfredo Nieves Molina, Coordinator de Education Continua del Instituto Investigaciones Antropológicas at UNAM, died on 12th June 2022, just hours after the closing of the enormously successful 5th Biennial ISMMS Conference that he organised and to which he gave so much. In addition to his research on metal and the body in prisons, and his contributions to the Metal Seminar “Seminario de Estudios sobre Heavy Metal”, Alfredo worked tirelessly since the 2019 Nantes conference on the creation of this...

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Wanted: New Associate Editor for Metal Music Studies 

Journals aims & scope This peer-reviewed journal provides a focus for research and theory in metal music studies, a multidisciplinary (and interdisciplinary) subject field that engages with a range of parent disciplines. It provides a platform for high-quality research and theory and aims to be a unique resource for metal music studies. It is the intellectual hub for the International Society of Metal Music Studies. Associate Editor Metal Music Studies is seeking a new Associate Editor to work with Niall Scott, the Principal Editor, Nelson Varas-Díaz, the Short articles and Reviews...

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Metal Music Composition: Evolution of Structure, Expression, and Production

Edited by Ciro Scotto and Lori Burns With this collection of essays, we aim to examine metal music composition as a practice that comprises a complex gathering of formal musical, expressive, and technological parameters. Designed to address each of the building blocks of metal composition in the context of the evolution of metal subgenres over decades of development, we invite expert metal analysts to contribute a chapter on one of the specific elements: structures (including form, riff, harmony, rhythm, and meter); instruments (examining the role of the guitar, bass, kit, keyboards,...

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Decolonial Metal in Latin America (with Metal Hammer)

Book presentation and panel In late 2021, prof. dr. Nelson Varas-Díaz (Florida International University) published Decolonial Metal in Latin America, the book that bundles his years of research on the manifold ways in which metal music in Latin America has manifested to fight against different kinds of oppression passed down from colonialism. In this video, Eleanor Goodman and Rich Hobson of Metal Hammer meet with Nelson to discuss his book, its contents and impact. Joining them are Didier Goossens and Ross Hagen of the ISMMS and Alejandro Jarrín of Flor de Loto, a Peruvian decolonial metal...

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Methodological Approaches to Music and Dance: Exploring the Field of Heavy Metal and Its Genre Boundaries

September 08 – September 09, 2022, University of Siegen --- Please see update from conference organisers: Unfortunately, the original CfP for our conference contained a faulty mail address to which submissions should be directed. We apologize for possible confusions caused by the wrong information and we are therefore extending the deadline for one week. You can find an updated version of the CfP below. Please submit your abstract to the following, correct address: for submissions: February 07, 2022 --- Music and dance are connected intimately and especially...

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Internet Musicking: Popular Music and Online Cultures

Although the below call is about popular music in general, the conference team encourage proposals on metal related topics. A free academic conference sharing new research into cultural practices of music taking place online20–21 May 2022Online [hosted by Department of Music, University College Cork]   Over the last few years, music researchers have paid increased attention to the internet and its effects on cultural life. For example, edited collections on digital culture, virtuality, and social media have emerged alongside landmark research projects that...

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Popular Music, Populism and Nationalism in Contemporary Europe

Although the below call is about popular music in general, the conference team encourage proposals on metal related topics.   University of Oldenburg (Germany), 07–09 April 2022 Organisation: Mario Dunkel, Reinhard Kopanski, Simon Wehber (University of Oldenburg; Faculty III; Department of Music). Deadline for submitting proposals: 15th November 2021 It is undisputed that the recent rise of populist-nationalist and far-right parties poses a challenge to democracies, not exclusively, but also in the European Union. However, “populism’s toxic embrace of nationalism,” as Lawrence Rosenthal...

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Election for ISMMS Executive Board Positions

The positions of Chair and Ordinary Member on the ISMMS Executive Board will become available in January 2022, at the end of the current terms of Dr Bryan Bardine (Chair) and Dr Gabby Riches (Ordinary Member). We seek candidates to stand for each position in an election of the ISMMS membership, to serve four year terms. Roles The Chair will be responsible for formally representing the Society in activities which further its aims. The Chair shall convene regularly scheduled board meetings, shall preside or arrange for other members of the Executive Board to preside at each meeting in the...

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C Squared with Holly Royle – ‘Female Fronted Metal’ Podcast

Check out this podcast featuring metal scholar Holly Royle along with her PR colleagues and fellow musicians: Curtis Dewar, Gaia Guarda, and Sarah Lindsey from Book of Wyrms. Holly is a PhD student researching masculinities in heavy metal at the University of Chester. Her research brings in her experience as a musician, journalist, and music publicist in metal.

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IASPM-US 2022 Call For Proposals

On behalf of IASPM-US, please check out the call for the 2022 conference, and consider sending in a proposal. Horns up!   IASPM-US 2022 Conference: Grooves and Movements May 26-May 28, 2022 Ann Arbor/Detroit Michigan Dates and Place: The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States chapter (IASPM-US) invites proposals for its annual conference, which will take place in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan on May 26-28, 2022. We welcome abstracts for individual papers, organized panels, roundtable discussions, and alternative (non-paper) presentations on all...

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Glocal Metal w/ Didier Goossens

Glocal metal   Didier Goossens    Not long after the first metal music studies, attention arose for its ways of production, distribution and consumption across the globe, with significant attention for non-Anglo American/European contexts. This became theorized as the global metal scene. But that utopic idea steals the thunder of many unique contexts of local metal scenes by depicting a global industry of artists, labels, platforms and fans – while some artists might not even aim for global audiences. This explains the need for a new critical framework, one that attends to the specific...

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