Music in Popular Culture

Deadline: 1 June 2017
Conference dates: 27-28 October 2017

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on Music in Popular Culture for its fall conference. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Music as both an art form and a system of representation and communication
- Music within the context of history, politics, economics, religion, philosophy, psychology, sociology, etc.
- The role of genre in American music
- How musical production and performance can function as a form of social/cultural expression and identity
- How some of the most popular musical genres reflect American social and cultural ideologies
- How technology (including various modes of industry, transportation, communication, and entertainment) has affected the evolution of American music.  

Please submit your paper proposals by following the 2017 Paper Proposals link at You should alert area chair Cory Matieyshen (cmatieyshen -at- that you have put forth a proposal. You may also contact the area chair for advice on shaping your proposal and (ultimately) your presentation. 

NEPCA presentations are generally 15-20 minutes in length and may be delivered either formally or informally. It also sponsors flash presentations based on the PechaKucha model: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, 7 minutes in total (see for more information). NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment consisting of graduate students, independent scholars, junior faculty, and senior scholars.


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