International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) Elections to the Executive Board, 2017:
At the Annual General Meeting of ISMMS in 2017, which will be held in connection to the ISMMS Conference in Victoria, Canada, between June 9-11 2017, two posts on the Executive Board will become vacant: The Chair, and one ordinary member. The elections to these posts will take place online prior to the Annual General Meeting and are open to all ISMMS members. Anyone who wishes to stand for the posts should submit a 100 word election statement and CV detailing relevant experience to the ISMMS Secretary, Toni-Matti Karjalainen (firstname.lastname@example.org), by Wednesday May 31st (midnight, British Summer Time/UTC+1). Candidates for election must be active in metal music studies, as a student, academic, or author. The posts will be for four years and are not renewable. For more details about the roles and responsibilities please contact Toni-Matti Karjalainen by email (email@example.com) or the current ISMMS Chair Niall Scott (NWRScott@uclan.ac.uk).
Rock the Uni with Heavy Metal
“Heavy Metal needs more researchers.”
“Tour” dates (8th to 24th Aug) at Helsinki Summer School, Finland announced
Hellsinki, Finland, April 21, 2017
Metal is often considered to be mainstream only in Finland. And indeed as Heavy Metal music and the subculture related to it is particularly strong in this country, and Finnish Heavy Metal is recognised worldwide as a key manifestation of this musical style, it is only natural that Finland’s leading university, the University of Helsinki, offers this August an academic course about the history of Heavy Metal music and its importance in contemporary western society. Continue reading Rock the Uni with Heavy Metal – Metal Summer School
The biennial ISMMS conference is taking place at University of Victoria between June 9 and 11. Here you can find the full conference programme including keynote speakers, registration, and accommodation details:
We are creating a database of reviewers for the journal to get more people involved from ISMMS and metal scholars around the world. If you are interested in reviewing material for the journal at some point, please fill out the form (also accessible from the menu above, under MMS Journal).
These are academic reviews written in English, however we are happy to have reviews of publications in any language.
Written by Mark Mynett, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are reading this, then you likely share a passion for metal music; so hopefully you’ll bear with me whilst, briefly, I wax lyrical about my love for the genre.
I was just 12 years old when my Dad took me to see Thin Lizzy at Preston Guildhall (FYI; 1981– the ‘Renegade’ tour). It was the closest thing I could imagine to a religious experience; the power, energy and glory of the show was mind-blowing beyond belief. This was quickly followed by a moment of clarity in the form of ‘That’s what I want to do with my life – rock musician!’ I got a guitar for my thirteenth birthday, and after entirely losing my teens to my newfound obsession, joined a band and played my first gig. Continue reading Metal Music Manual and musings on ‘heavy’
Call for chapter contributions to Metal Music and the Middle-Ages
As part of the Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture book series, we are calling for chapter contributions for a collected edition on metal music and the middle-ages. This collection examines the ways in which metal music utilises images, texts, historical figures, music, and ideologies from the medieval period. We aim not only to examine the range of ways in which the middle-ages are referenced in metal music, but also to open up a discourse around the forms and reasons for the enduring fascination with this period within the genre.
We welcome proposals for chapter-length contributions on the topic including musical, textual, and media-based case studies; theoretical and methodological contributions; and in particular, international contributions on the use of European and non-European medieval cultural good outside Europe.
Please send a short English-language abstract (300-400 words, in Word or Open Office format, clearly marked with author’s name and affiliation) detailing your contribution to editors Ruth Barratt-Peacock email@example.com and Ross Hagen firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of April 2017.
ISMMS 2017 – Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities is hosted by University of Victoria between 9 and 11 June this year. Have a look at their new website here for information on registration, accommodation, and more.
The latest issue of Metal Music Studies is now available issue 3.1! You can access it in the usual ways. The BEST way to get it is to join the International Society for Metal Music Studies from the above menu, which gives you one FREE copy through the door at your house or office or cave.
Here is what is in issue 3.1! Continue reading MMS Journal 3.1 is out!
By Rosemary Lucy Hill
Women fans of popular culture are often derided or overlooked – and music is no exception. But academic work about music fans does not tend to think about the ways in which women music fans might experience their musical engagements differently to men – in part because of the derision. In fact, when it comes to rock music, a lot of work about fans does not think very hard about pleasure in music at all; it tends to use a framework of subcultural theory which means that consumer practices like attending concerts and buying records are prioritised. Music itself, and enjoyment of it, gets left out. Continue reading Gender, Metal and the Media: Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music
Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture Series editors – Rosemary Hill and Keith Kahn-Harris
We are delighted to announce the first scholarly book series on heavy metal: Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture publishes monographs, edited collections and research books about metal and its associated subgenres within the humanities and social sciences. Continue reading New book series in Metal Music and Culture