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[ecrea] Home of Metal Symposium and Workshop: Music Heritage, People and Place
Tue Oct 23 11:47:45 GMT 2018
*/Home of Metal Symposium and Workshop/*
*/Music Heritage, People and Place /*
*13-14th September 2019*
*Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research*
*Birmingham City University*
*1. Call for Papers*
*Friday 13th September 2019*
/This public symposium seeks to bring together researchers, policy
makers, heritage and creative workers and musicians./
/We welcome contributions from fans and heritage consumers in response
to their experience of the /Home of Metal/exhibitions and events./
/Home of Metal/(HoM) is a heritage project created and led by the
Capsule organisation. Launched in 2011, supported by volunteers,
building a crowd-sourced archive and curating a range of popular public
events in Birmingham and the Black Country, HoM seeks to highlight and
celebrate the value of Heavy Metal music and culture and the role in it
of founding artists from the English midlands such as Black Sabbath, Led
Zeppelin, and Judas Priest. In 2017 the project went international in
its reach, exploring metal culture around the world with a particular
focus on Black Sabbath. As a result, in 2019 a range of exhibitions and
events will take place in ‘celebration of an artform created in
Birmingham that maintains significant global reach and influence.’ The
value of this approach is indicated by the Wall Street Journal that has
described the genre as the real ‘World Music’, that ‘Heavy Metal has
become the unlikely soundtrack of globalisation’ (2016).
Open to all, this public symposium and workshop, seeks to situate HoM in
relation to wider heritage issues and opportunities in order to
understand its value and impact at home and abroad. For instance,
UNESCO’s designation of ‘Creative Cities’ fosters innovation and
cultural creativity, recognizing popular music amongst its specialized
categories. Sites identified as a ‘City of Music’ include Glasgow and
Liverpool in the UK, Kingston, Jamaica and lately Kansas City, USA. How
does the ‘Home of Metal’ fit alongside such company?
The ‘Creative Cities’ designation indicates the importance of music to
the identity of particular places, the activity focused on popular music
genres like Heavy Metal generated by fans and community activists, as
well as produced in archives, museums and galleries by professional
cultural workers. Nonetheless it is important to remember that such
activity draws on the products of the commercial music industries and
connects with their heritage role. From this angle then, music heritage
also includes (amongst other things): reissued recordings; artist tours;
film biographies; television documentaries; radio retrospectives; and
popular publications, as well as aspects of tourism and leisure industries.
What is the meaning of this range of heritage activity and what role
does a project like /Home of Metal/ play in it? How does music heritage
matter and what debates are promoted between fans and heritage
consumers, policy makers, heritage and creative workers, musicians and
In order to explore these issues, we invite /presentations, papers,
creative responses and contributions, demonstrations and proposals for
activities and commentary/ addressing, _but not limited to_, the
/What issues are presented by the preservation of metal music and
culture for fans and museum curators?/
/What role does music heritage and memory play in place-making?/
/What role do issues of identity (e.g. gender, race, sexuality) play in
/What is the economic and cultural value of music heritage?/
/What are the good, bad and ugly stories of music heritage?/
/What is the relationship of music heritage, creativity and new music
/How is music heritage consumed?/
/What does cultural policy have to say about music heritage?/
Proposals of no more than 300 words should be forwarded to
(paul.long /at/ bcu.ac.uk) <mailto:(paul.long /at/ bcu.ac.uk)>by 31 January 2019
accompanied by a short biography and contact details. Selection and
scheduling will be organised in conjunction with the organisers of Home
of Metal. Invitations to participate will be sent by the end of February.
*2. Call for Participants*
*Saturday 14th September 2019*
We invite anyone interested in attending the /Home of Metal/ exhibitions
and events in June-September 2019 to participate in a workshop on the
theme of home, metal and heritage. We will develop skills of evaluation,
debate and presentation concerned with popular music heritage.
The workshop is _free_ to attend with refreshments available.
_Free_entry to the /Home of Metal/ exhibition is provided as part of the
The condition of participation is based on contribution to a workshop on
the value and engagement of music heritage and the production of a
number of group outputs (‘fanzine’, interviews, podcast).
Participants will be asked to: reflect on their own impressions of the
Home of Metal exhibition (in writing, illustrations, to camera or
microphone as preferred); to engage with other participants at the
exhibition regarding wider reactions to /Home of Metal/; to participate
in a group workshop and discussion on the impact of /Home of Metal/ and
/Draft Itinerary (TBC)/
10.00 Welcome and coffee.
10.30 Briefing and Brainstorm: Where is the /Home of Metal/? What
is Popular Music Heritage?
11.30 Researching the ‘/Home of Metal/ Exhibition’.
2.00 Lunch and Interactive Research Session.
5.00 Podcast recording.
*3. Report on /Home of Metal/ and Music Heritage in Birmingham*
As a result of the symposium and workshop our intention is to produce a
report on /Home of Metal and Music Heritage in Birmingham /aimed at
policy makers, music industries and conumers/. /Contributions from
participants are welcome as well as commentary from those attending
events who may not be able to attend the symposium and workshop or from
those unable to visit but who may have experience as creators, consumers
and researchers of other music heritage enterprises around the world.
For more information please email: (paul.long /at/ bcu.ac.uk)
<mailto:(paul.long /at/ bcu.ac.uk)>or (asya.draganova /at/ bcu.ac.uk)
<mailto:(asya.draganova /at/ bcu.ac.uk)>
PDF of this call
*If colleagues are unable to attend the symposium but intend to visit
HoM events in 2019 we would be pleased to welcome you to BCMCR while in
Birmingham so please do get in touch.*
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