Call for Papers

4th Global Conference

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Heavy Metal Generations

Wednesday 9th May – Friday 11th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic


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The success of the heavy metal music movement is due in no small measure to its ability and openness to experiment, diversify and innovate.  Throughout the 42 year history of heavy metal, these changes and innovations have led to a plethora of subgenres and spinoff musical styles, and also seen heavy metal interact culturally and artistically with other musical forms. Yet at the same time heavy metal remains doggedly ‘true’ to form. There is no doubt that heavy metal now exists across generations, languages and cultures. Now that some of its progenitors and orginators are no longer with us, what will the future hold for heavy metal?

As the identities that have been formed over heavy metal’s generations continue to make way for young blood, this the 4th conference in the series Heavy Fundametalisms: Music Metal and Politics  abstracts on themes related, but not restricted to:

  • The Future of Heavy Metal
  • The Driving forces behind the movement: secrets of success
  • Too old to rock? Ageism and heavy metal
  • Live fast, die young!
  • Life after death
  • Somewhere in time: heavy metal and history
  • Heavy metal genealogies, heavy metal maps
  • Tribute bands and re-living the past
  • Globalisation of heavy metal
  • How local scenes sustain global metal across generations
  • Nu-metal vs old school
  • Heavy metal and the cultural voice
  • Genres and crossing over
  • Musical diversification metal and punk, jazz, blues, rock, rap, opera
  • Groupies at the age of 60 and beyond
  • How do time and place function in heavy metal’s signification
  • Is metal still too US/Euro centric?
  • Age, income and consumption of the heavy metal product
  • Heavy metal generations and festivals

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th November 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 9th March 2012.

Abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Metal Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Niall Scott
The International School for Communities Rights and Inclusion
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Email: Niall Scott

Rob Fisher
Inter-Disciplinary.Net
Priory House, Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
Email: Rob Fisher

The conference is part of the Ethos Hub series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Critical Issues domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration.

All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume, or for the launch edition of a new interdisciplinary journal examining intersections of music and politics and published by the Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Style Sheets

In preparing your papers, please pay strict attention to the following style sheets