CfP: Heavy metal on the airwaves symposium

Friday February 2nd 2024, Liverpool John Moores University, School of Humanities and Social Science Historically, heavy rock and metal music seems to have had a somewhat uneasy relationship with rock radio. As Deena Weinstein (2000) notes, during the late 1970s when bands such as AC/DC and Kiss were enjoying substantial success in terms of concert … Read more

Call-for-Chapters for Transatlantic Songs and Music

Call-for-Chapters for an edited volume published by a US-based academic press (TBD):  Transatlantic Songs and Music   Benjamin Hebblethwaite, University of Florida,  Silke Jansen, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremburg,   Kevin Meehan, University of Central Florida,  This Call-for-Chapters invites researchers to prepare submissions for our edited book about transatlantic and Atlantic-intersecting songs and music. These pivotal forms of transoceanic cultural … Read more

CfP for Metal and Transgression: Scenes, Politics, and Religion (Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia), 6–7 September 2023

Call for papers As one of the many branches of rock music, metal was identified with notions of transgressiveness, controversy, and rebelliousness, both by internal scene members and outsiders. As such, the neverending quest for transgression and controversy became one of the most important driving forces of metal’s artistic and social practice, urging the metalheads … Read more

Music and the Internet, University of Chicago and online, 9-10 June 2023

Although the below call is about popular music in general, the conference team encourage proposals on metal related topics. Music and the Internet is a hybrid, multi-day interdisciplinary conference that will take place online and at the University of Chicago, 9–10 June 2023. Its goal is to bring together scholars and creators to present across … Read more

CfP for ‘Intersectional (in)equality in heavy metal subculture’ panel at Talking Bodies conference

From ISMMS member Holly Royle: I am organising a two-hour panel around the topic area of intersectional (in)equality in heavy metal subculture for the 2023 Talking Bodies Conference (12th-16th June). The conference is organised by the Institute of Gender Studies at the University of Chester, UK.    I am looking for three speakers to deliver a 20-min … Read more

CFP for anthology Romanticism and Heavy Metal

The editors welcome chapter proposals for the forthcoming anthology Romanticism and Heavy Metal. Like the collections Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington 2018), Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), David Bowie and Romanticism (Palgrave Macmillan 2022), and Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism (Routledge 2022), Romanticism and Heavy Metal seeks to interpret heavy … Read more

ISMMS 2023 Conference: Call for Proposals

No Outsides: Metal in an Era of Contagion June 6–8 2023, Concordia University Six decades from its counter-cultural inception, what remains of metal’s relation to the outside forces of extremity, abolition, and transformation? If there’s a common commitment to which the field of metal studies remains faithful, it is one invested in the outside. Such … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more