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Subject:

CFP: Narrative Voices in German Popular Music Discourses

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Duncan Large <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 11 Dec 2000 20:56:08 -0000

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From: "Dr.Edward Larkey" <[log in to unmask]>

Dear Colleagues,
I am soliciting articles for an edited volume described below.  I
would also appreciate it if you might distribute it to others who might
be interested.  Graduate students are welcome to submit articles on
the topic as well. Thank you very much,

Yours truly,

Ed Larkey

CALL FOR PAPERS

Narrative Voices in German Popular Music Discourses
An edited volume

Call for Papers

Contributors are invited to submit articles in English for an edited
volume with the working title "Narrative Voices in German Popular
Music Discourses."  The volume is intended to give an overview of
significant aspects of German popular music development since the
1960s by scrutinizing important genres of popular music and song
in Germany such as Schlager, Folk, Volk, volkstümlich, rock,
rap/hip-hop, blues, techno, Liedermacher, punk/new wave, and
others.  Contributions should address the unity and tensions of
music and lyrics of pop songs, the kinds of social communities
constructed by the genres addressed, and the socio-cultural values
transmitted in songs and musics.  Articles may address both the
establishment as well as the crossing and dissolution of genre
boundaries, the specific contributions of major figures in German
popular music history such as Nina Hagen, Udo Lindenberg, Udo
Jürgens, Kraftwerk, Rammstein, Liedermacher, Chansoniers, or
others who may or may not be familiar to audiences in the English-
speaking world.  Analyses might involve the constructions of
gender, class, and ethnic boundaries through German popular
music. Articles may also analyze the impact and contribution of
foreign influences on German popular musics like the Beatles, punk
and new wave, skinhead music, or heavy metal, dealing with issues
such as Americanization, globalization/localization, or
commercialization. They may also focus on the changes domestic
traditions have undergone as a result of these influences,
particularly on genres like volkstümliche, Schlager, or the
Liedermacher.  Historical, sociological, ethnographic, or textual
analysis-based approaches may be employed.

Conceptual Focus
The volume will be based conceptually on the specific encoding of
experiences, values, narrative stances, and genre distinctions
explained in Simon Frith's book Performing Rites (1996).  Articles in
this volume should therefore adhere to or be based on the view that
the genres represent "shared musical knowledge and experience,"
that they help collusively organize the listening process and the
playing process with "an implied plot," an "implied romance," or
"implied community."  Contributors should also find it useful to base
their analyses in discourse theoretical writings by Habermas,
Bourdieu, and/or Foucault.

Potential Audience
The volume should interest students and scholars of German
Studies, German and European history, ethnomusicology, and
popular culture and media.  It is designed to expand upon and
deepen scholarly analysis of the popular musics of the second
largest popular music market of the world touched upon by the
recent special issue of Popular Music (October 1998, 17/3), or dealt
with on a comparative level by Uta Poiger (2000), and intermittently
detailed in articles by Peter Wicke with regard to East Germany.
The volume is therefore intended to address a sorely neglected area
of German studies, which typcially focuses on literature and film,
but tends to marginalize popular music narratives as epiphenomenal
or "merely" commercial.

Articles should be about 25 pages in length and follow the citation
and bibliographic guidelines of the Modern Language Association
(MLA) style manual.

Abstracts (which may be submitted by email) of one page should be
sent by Feb. 15, 2001 to the address below.

Deadline for final versions will be August 15, 2001.

Edward Larkey
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Tel: 410-455-2109 (Dept.)
Fax: 410-455-1025
Email: [log in to unmask]


Dr. Edward Larkey
Associate Professor of German
Dept. of Modern Languages and Linguistics
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250 U.S.A.
Tel: 410-455-2109 (Dept)
         410-664-8360 (priv.)
Fax: 410-455-1025
Homepage: www.research.umbc.edu/~larkey

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