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[ecrea] Mad Dogs & Englishness: Popular Music and English Identities

Thu Feb 07 07:02:13 GMT 2013

‘Mad Dogs and Englishness’: Popular Music and English Identities - A Two Day

Date: 20-21 June 2013

Venue: St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London.

Symposium Organisers: Richard Mills, Mark Donnelly & Lee Brooks

Call for Papers

This conference seeks to develop the remit of current debates on the subject of English national identities. Examining the major figures in 20^th and 21^st century English popular music the conference will address a number of key questions regarding English iconography in contemporary popular music. These areas are: the relationship of the artist to place; stereotypical national identities; lyrical evocations of Englishness; and whether or whether not major English pop stars put into effect a pluralistic and malleable vision of Englishness through their iconography and their music and lyrics. Icons to be discussed may include: Nick Drake, Noel Coward, Billy Bragg, Ray Davies, XTC, Jake Thackray, Kate Rusby, Mike Skinner, P.J. Harvey, Paul Weller, Anne Briggs, Shirley Collins, Tricky, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Roots Manuva, Soul to Soul, Two Tone, The Beatles, The Specials, Morrissey and The Smiths.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Englishness and Regional identity
The  Folk tradition
English pastoral music
Urban tradition
Visual Culture including album covers and posters

Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to (richard.mills /at/ <mailto:(millsr /at/> Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham TW1 4SX. The closing date for submitting abstracts is Wednesday 20 March 2013.

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