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Call For Papers for Our Next Conference

"'Fear Narratives' and their Role/Use in the United States"

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5) "From East to West, From Now to Then: Popular Music and the Sound of Fear"
Panel Chair:Ángel Chaparro Sainz, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)
E-E-mail: angel.chaparro@ehu.eus  

This panel aims at exploring fear narratives as a broad territory that provides an opportunity to observe how American society is handling/has handled contemporary/old responses to conflictive moments in history. Our specific object of study is music in its more popular and modern understanding. We embrace the topic of fear narratives in a double sense: as those "enticing narratives that try to resonate with certain interests, concerns, and values in the general population" and as the active response to them. Recent cultural reactions to the Covid-19 crisis do only testify to a tradition that has dealt also with September 11, anti-war campaigns, re-visions of Western iconography, ethnic vindications…, cohabitating with more universal and abstract approaches to emotions as fear and despair that have been conventional motifs in music.

The scope of pertaining themes, potential protagonists and practical perspectives that can be targeted is intentionally broad and elastic. We are interested in popular music, a weak term that we understand as the colored variety of contemporary genres: from rock and roll to hip hop, all the way through punk, blues, soul, folk, electronic music,... We will also consider other genres, like jazz or classical music, or more original approaches.

Here a summarizing (not exclusive) list of possible topics:

o Fear narratives (and/or responses to them) within a specific and/or general foundation in any given music genre, either by focusing on single songs, complete albums, music careers and/or broad perspectives on periods or genres;

o (The role of soundtracks on) music movies and documentaries including fear narratives (and/or responses to them) ;

o Memoirs or fiction by musicians;

o The role of music in the spread of fear narratives;

o The American West: new western narratives and the construction of contemporary fear in music;

o Minorities, migration, the frontier;

o Music industry, social networks and fear narratives. .



Abstracts of Proposals are to be e-mailed directly to the chair of the selected panel using this form. The deadline for submitting abstracts is October 15, 2020. Panel chairs are expected to accept/reject proposals and have panels set up by November 15.


Non-members of SAAS (of all nationalities) are welcome to participate in the conference, but will be required to pay membership dues for one year as well as the conference registration fee. Members of ASA (American Studies Association), AISNA (Associazione Italiana di Studi Nor-Americani), APEAA (Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies) and HELAAS (Hellenic Association for American Studies) need only pay the conference registration fee.

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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