American Musicological Society Popular Music Study Group

“Practicing Intersectionality in Popular Music Scholarship and Pedagogy”

Call for Papers

Deadline: April 28, 2017
Conference Dates: November 9, 2017

Rochester, NY
The theme of the AMS Popular Music Study Group’s session is immigration and intersectionality. We welcome interested scholars to submit paper proposals on topics concerning the relationship between popular music and intersectional hierarchy, particularly as it affects migrant communities. This paper session aims to challenge isolationism by drawing attention to borders that exist both at the periphery of nations and systemically within.

We invite submissions on any subject related to popular music and intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, cultural, tradition, style, etc. Possible themes to explore include:


Articulating national and ethnic identity

Xenophobia and racism

Popular music as propaganda

Economic and social inequality

Displacement and diaspora

Privilege, discrimination, and oppression

We define "popular music" in the broadest possible sense, including, but not limited to pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, EDM, country, minstrelsy, parlor songs, tin pan alley, and jazz, as well as non-Western popular musics. We seek papers from a wide variety of disciplinary, methodological, and personal perspectives. Special consideration will be given to topics that have been traditionally underrepresented in contemporary scholarship.


The session, taking place on Thursday 8-11pm, will proceed as follows: guest speaker Stephan Pennington will deliver a 30 minute presentation with 15 minutes of discussion. The accepted presenters from this CFP will each deliver 15 minute presentations with 5 minutes of discussion. The session will feature a moderated discussion on intersectionality in popular music pedagogy.  If accepted, participants must follow conference registration policies. Send proposals of no more than 300 words via Word document to msmith -at-  Along with your name, affiliation, and email address, indicate any audio, visual, or other presentation needs.


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