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[ecrea] Popular Music and the Anthropocene: Call For Articles

Mon Apr 30 22:04:01 GMT 2018

*Popular Music and the Anthropocene: Call For Articles*
*Special issue of */*Popular Music*/

François Ribac (University of Burgundy/IRCAM-APM) and Paul Harkins (Edinburgh Napier University)

Many geologists, climatologists, philosophers, historians, sociologists, activists, and Non-Governmental Organisations believe that our planet has now entered into the anthropocene era (Bonneuil & Fressoz 2013). The common idea is that human activities now have a decisive effect on the earth’s ecosystem: the fast and increasing disappearance of a considerable number of plant and animal species, the melting of glaciers and pack ice, rising sea levels, extreme climatic events, and pollution. These phenomena impact on human activities,leading to forced migrations, the pauperisation of entire communities (often those least responsible for climate change), and, ultimately, to major upheavals. The goal of this special issue of /Popular Music/is to understand how popular music should and can be described, analysed, and transformed in the Anthropocene, considered both as a concept as well as a material process.

The Anthropocene Era implies that we must engage societies in a socio-ecological transition towards less destructive forms of living, forcingus to reconsider the concept and the consequences of /modernity /itself. For modernity does not only mean social facts such as mechanisation, industrialisation, the conquest of the world, constant economic growth, and the rise of capitalism but also/narratives/and /discourses/: a distinction between humans and nature, differences between Europeans and ‘others’, a teleological conception of history, and a belief in endless progress (Latour 1991).

We welcome proposals for articles that address one or more of the following broad categories:

History and narratives


    how does popular music give shape to the concepts of (non-)western
    culture and nature in recordings, performances, and films?


    Is the Anthropocene changing our understanding of the sonic
    dimension of the world (Krause 2015)?


    How can popular music (worlds) contribute to new narratives about
    the socio-ecological transition (Ingram 2010)?



    what theoretical problems must we address in dealing with the
    Anthropocene? what kinds of (new) concepts and methodologies do we


    How do we conceive of popular music if we give up our
    understanding of context, environment, nature (Morton 2007)?


    How can ethnomusicology, ecomusicology, sound studies, record
    production studies, cultural studies, queer studies, gender
    studies, subaltern studies, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism,
    and geology of media be enlisted in this project (Devine 2015;
    Allen & Dawe 2016; Parikka 2015)?

Ecological costs and activism


    how do we understand ecological damage and obsolescence in popular
    music (Pedelty 2012)?


    How do we rethink, or at least clarify, the idea of
    sustainability(Schippers, Huib & Grant 2016; Kagan & Kirchberg 2016)?


    What should be the specific contribution of popular musicians,
    business, and audiences to the challenges of climate change?

Please send abstracts and queries to François Ribac ((_francois.ribac /at/ <mailto:(francois.ribac /at/>_) and Paul Harkins ((_p.harkins /at/ <mailto:(p.harkins /at/>_). Proposals from all academic disciplines are welcome.

Deadline for articles (max. 10,000 words, bibliography inclusive): 1 June 2019

Planned publication: January 2020


Allen, Aaron S., & Kevin Dawe, eds. /Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature/. Routledge. New York, 2016.

Bonneuil, Christophe, & Fressoz, Jean-Baptiste Fressoz. 2013. /L’événement Anthropocène/. Seuil. Paris, 2013.

Devine, Kyle. ‘Decomposed: A Political Ecology of Music.’ /Popular Music/34, no. 3 (October 2015): 367–89.

Ingram, David. /Jukebox in the Garden. Ecocriticism and American Popular Music Since 1960/. Rodopi. Amsterdam, 2010.

Kagan, Sacha, and Volker Kirchberg. “Music and Sustainability: Organizational Cultures towards Creative Resilience E a Review.” /Journal of Cleaner Production/135 (2016): 1487–1502.

Krause, Bernie. /Voices of the Wi//ld: Animal Songs, Human Din, and the Call to Save Natural Soundscapes./Yale University Press. London, 2015.

Latour, Bruno. /Nous n’avons jamais été modernes/. Éditions de la Découverte & Syros. Paris, 1991.

Morton, Timothy. /Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics/. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, 2007.

Parikka, Jussi. /A Geology of Media/. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis, 2015.

Pedelty, Mark. /Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment/. Temple University Press. Philadelphia, 2012.

Schippers, Huib, and Catherine Grant, eds. /Sustainable Futures for Music Cultures. A Ecological Perspective/. Oxford University  Press. New York, 2016.

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