[Msa-discuss] CFP (Extended Deadline Jan. 26): Rock and Modernism (MSA 19, Amsterdam)

Rob Hurd robhurd2002 at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 13 12:43:22 EST 2017

Rock and Modernism 

In his 1961 article "On the Teaching of Modern Literature," Lionel Trilling questioned the "educational propriety of [moderism's] being studied in college," since he thought it to be "the disenchantment of our culture with culture itself." Teaching modernism became part of "the process we might call the socialization of the anti-social, or the acculturation of the anti-cultural, or the legitimization of the subversive." While rock and roll had been around for six years, the earlier rock and roll stars--Little Richard, Elvis, Chuck Berry--lacked the cultural and aesthetic significance that the rock musicians emerging within the next few years following Trilling's article would. Both rock music and modernism shocked their contemporaries by attacking the values, conventions, and status of the "official culture." And both of these adversarial formations achieved moments of cultural significance before being legitimized by the official culture through the formation of canons, inclusion in museums, and academic study. Of course, great differences exist between rock and modernism--differences in history, nation, media, politics, audience, critics, to name a few.

This panel seeks papers that explore harmony or points of discord between modernism and rock music. Some possible paper topics might include:

*Influence of modernism on rock music/modernists as rock precursors
*Relation of modernity to rock and modernism
*Exploitation/exploration of technology and new media
*Drugs or altered states of consciousness
*Beats and/or jazz as intermediaries between rock and modernism
*Celebrity, marketing, and consumerism in rock and modernism
*Significance of film to rock and modernism
*Avant-garde vs. modernist aesthetics in rock
*Role of educational institutions
*Academic studies
*Legitimization: canons, museums, universities
*Race, gender, sexuality, class

Please send a brief bio and 250-word proposal to Rob Hurd (rrhurd at aacc.edu) by January 26, 2017.

Conference Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference Starts: August 10, 2017
Conference Ends: August 13, 2017

CFP Submission Deadline: January 26, 2017
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