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[ecrea] Call for Papers: In Praise of Paul Weller…? Reflections on Popular Music Studies

Sat Jul 18 09:32:23 GMT 2015

*Call for papers.*


*In Praise of Paul Weller…?*

*Reflections on Popular Music Studies*


*Symposium *

*Wednesday 23 March 2016 *

*Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research*

/ ‘What often passed the post-punk brigade by was Weller's musical
subtlety: the allusions to Motown and Stax, the willingness to
experiment. That really came to the fore when he started the Style
Council, which disgruntled fans wrote off as soulboys. Nor did they
welcome the later house-music direction. But not for nothing has Weller
referred to himself as The Changingman – a restlessness and impatience
that makes him a much more compelling artist. Nice line in knitwear, too.’/

_Guardian_Leader, Friday 27 August 2010//


An enduring fixture of popular music culture for almost 40 years, Paul
Weller and his work has been the subject of relatively little academic
scrutiny. In attending to Weller’s work, the purpose of this symposium
is to consider his longevity, musical path and identity as ways of
raising questions about the history, historiography, direction, range
and operations of popular music culture and its scholarly study.

Papers of 30 minutes in length are invited on any topic.

By way of suggestion these might include but are not restricted to:

/A life in popular music, the life of popular music/

/Music work: songwriting, performance, promotion/

/Music, cultural value, creative economy/

/Nostalgia, heritage, pastiche/

/Narrating Weller: contexts, critique, representation/

/Urban and pastoral in popular music/

/Popular music, youth and ageing/

/Politics and pop/

/Cultural intermediaries in/and the music industries/

/Subcultural sound and style/

/Fandom /

/Genre and sound/

/Identity – sexuality, class, nation/

/Exhaustion and the end of popular music culture/

Abstracts of 600-800 words should be submitted by 30 July 2015 to:
(paul.long /at/ <mailto:(paul.long /at/>

In order to make the most of the symposium and in order to develop
material for publication in 2017, draft versions of papers of around
6000 words should be submitted by 1 February 2016 for circulation
amongst participants.

Paul Long
Professor of Media and Cultural History
Director, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

Room M.344
Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Birmingham School of Media
Birmingham City University
Curzon Street
B4 7XG

tel: 0121-331-5468


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