Friday, 18 October 2013

news on the metal studies front

A couple of interesting announcements in the metal studies arena from the last few weeks...

First, a conferencing opportunity:
The Centre for Women’s Studies and the International Society of Metal Music Scholars present "Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal" at the University of York, UK, 11th April 2014.

Some details from the call for papers:
This one day symposium will have a less formal feel, allowing space for a mixture of presentation formats including conventional papers, shorter discussions of research-in-progress, and alternative, performative or practice presentations (music performances, visual arts, deep listenings, etc). We also hope to produce a journal special issue or edited collection following the event. 
We invite abstracts or proposals (300 words) for papers, workshops, performances and other forms of presentation. Please send to Rosemary Lucy Hill, Caroline Lucas and Gabrielle Riches (,, by 16th December 2013.

And a publishing opportunity:
Metal Music Studies is explicitly multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary: embracing both musicological research and music theory about metal music, and social scientific and humanistic research about metal music as a genre. 
The first issue will be published in October 2014. The deadline for contributions to the first issue is 31 March 2014 (though the journal will remain open to submissions after that date for subsequent issues). The journal will consist of two sections: a main section for full papers; and a second section for shorter pieces, reflections and reviews.  
Please email manuscripts of no more than 8,000 words to the Principal Editor Professor Karl Spracklen at For submissions (book reviews and short pieces) for the second section of the journal, please contact Dr Niall Scott at

And a publication on the way:
The Columbine Effect: How five teen pastimes got caught in the crossfire and why teens are taking them back by Beth Winegarner, out December 1, 2013. 
"One of those pastimes is indeed metal," Winegarner has stated, noting that the book draws upon some of the research by metal studies scholars such as Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris, "as well as the stories of many teen fans."

You can find out more about the book here:

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