|Head bang music topic of scholars at BGSU|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 04 April 2013 09:03|
Underlying the raucous guitars and thunderous noise of a heavy metal concert is a philosophical outlook and aesthetic that has long resonated with people around the world and continues to create new fans every day, particularly outside the U.S.
Often the object of scorn in the United States, heavy metal has gained the notice of scholars of popular culture, who are interested in both its popularity across cultures and the creative ways in which it is adapted.
The Department of Popular Culture will welcome a host of "metal studies" scholars to share their research and celebrate the musical culture's endurance at the Heavy Metal and Popular Culture International Conference, opens today and continues through Sunday. The organizers believe it to be the largest academic heavy metal conference in history.
The conference "is a response to the dramatic rise in prominence of heavy metal studies as a field of serious scholarly inquiry that encompasses myriad disciplinary approaches in the humanities and social sciences, from ethnomusicology to philosophy," said conference co-organizer Dr. Jeremy Wallach, an associate professor of popular culture. "What better place to have (the conference) than BGSU, home of the Department of Popular Culture and the Sound Recordings Archives?"
Participants from Europe, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and Puerto Rico will discuss such topics as the heavy metal community, women's role in the genre, the racial politics of heavy metal, heavy metal's relationship to fiction genres like science fiction and comics, and the "Finnish Take on Metal Management and Consumption."
For more information: www.bgsu.edu/departments/popc/page128417.html.
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