EMP 2009 theme is set — start your proposals!

Such a crazy full day with other things (and lemme tell ya, thinking about Bill Melendez passing means more to me than anything Sarah Palin has ever done in her life) that I almost forgot this!:

Call for Proposals: 2009 Pop Conference at EMP|SFM
Dance Music Sex Romance: Pop and the Body Politic
April 16-19, 2009, Seattle, WA

Though Prince seems to have bowdlerized “D.M.S.R.” in his concerts since becoming a Jehovah’s Witness, the relationship of pop music to sex, love, physical movement, and the body rarely stays hidden very long. For this year’s Pop Conference we invite presentations, addressing any period or style of music, that bring erotic and sensual issues to the forefront and connect them to political and aesthetic concerns. Rock and roll has long congratulated itself on riding the Big Beat over all sanctimonious opposition, but can we take our sense of these archetypal struggles somewhere beyond, say, Footloose?

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

* Languages of desire and union in pop: the relationship of ballads, tenderness, and couplehood to carnality and the commerce of bodies.
* Dancing and dance crazes as forces in pop history and the dancefloor as a particularly charged space of friction, play, and unsettling possibility.
* Pop passion as a conduit for capitalism, modernization, and transnational flows, but also local scenes, community formation, and religion.
* How the pop body is marked by, and marks out, race, gender, nationality, class, and region; music as a means for bodies sharing space.
* Music and the negotiation of sexual norms:� sonic fetishism, erotics of pain and disorder, representations of beauty and ugliness.
* Social media and D.M.S.R. A YouTube answer video as a kind of love letter;� the libidinal economy of music-sharing communities and Web 2.0 culture.
* Scandal and excess: the pop urge to take it to the limit; celebrity culture and indie puritanism; humor and hyperbole.
* Voice, gesture, and other modalities of embodiment and disembodiment.
* The diva figure, with all the complexity/trouble/pleasure that term carries.
* The many musical iterations of what a German Jewish immigrant, arrived at the dawn of modern pop, called “Makin’ Whoopee.”

Send proposals of up to 250 words and a 50 word bio to Eric Weisbard at EricW@empsfm.org and Eric.Weisbard@gmail.com by December 16, 2008. Panel proposals (short collective statement and full individual proposals/bios) and roundtable proposals (full collective statement, bios for all panelists) are welcome. Lively writing and unorthodox approaches are particularly welcome.

Go nuts, folks — I have an idea and a copresenter. More as it happens.


4 Responses to “EMP 2009 theme is set — start your proposals!”

  1. pdf Says:

    Yeah, I’m not going near that one. I’ve got an idea (one relating to my recent obsession with ’70s Elvis), but the idea of a building full of music nerds talking about sex makes my flesh crawl.

  2. Ned Raggett Says:

    Having been to full-on academic conferences theoretically not about sex, I can assure you that there is a straightforwardness about this theme that I appreciate.

  3. Miggie Says:

    Oh, those topics are a dream. I got all hot just reading them, haha.

  4. Ned Raggett Says:

    Why you racy lass. Well, propose something, then!

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