Call for Papers
Event Date: Wednesday 23 March 2016
Venue: Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, BCU
‘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
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: [email protected].
In order to make the most of the symposium format and to develop material for publication in 2017, draft versions of papers of around 6000 words are invited for submission by 1 February 2016 for circulation amongst participants.