Popular music in communist and post-communist Europe: state of research, perspectives (28–29 March 2017)
On 28–29 March 2017, the Department of Musicology at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic is holding an international and interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the presentation, summary and evaluation of existing research in the field of popular music in communist and post-communist Europe.
The conference provides a space for synthetically conceived contributions, as well as contributions focused on narrowly defined issues related to the topic. The meeting will be dedicated both to general reflections on the field of “Popular Music Studies” in particular national contexts, and to presentations discussing the current state of archival and other sources, new methodological approaches, institutional initiatives, projects, etc. Studies on different aspects of the history of popular music (jazz, rock, pop, etc.) in communist and post-communist Europe are welcome, as well as in-depth interpretation of the communist and post-communist historiography of popular music, with all its social, political, aesthetically evaluative and other attributes. Sufficient distance from the transformative era at the turn of the 1980’s and 1990’s, and also the current European experience of the 21st cent ury, allow general issues such as totalitarianism and democratism in popular music to be opened.
Regarding the guests and keynote speakers, Rüdiger Ritter (University of Bremen), Anna Szemere (Visiting Professor at Eötvös Loránd University) and Artemy Troitsky (freelance journalist and broadcaster) have already accepted invitations.
Paper suggestion (approximately 100 words + brief biography, contact and affiliation) should be sent no later than 20 January 2017 to email: musicologicaolomucensia -at- upol.cz.
For more details visit: http://popconference.upol.cz/