Metal Conference

Thursday, 9 June 2016 from 09:00 to 18:00 in 7th floor, Executive Business Centre

About the event

heavy-metalPoliticians and activist groups (such as PMRC) have often sought to censor heavy metal for ‘fear’ of the damage it does to young people.  Discourses of fear are invoked to justify such actions; as means of controlling populations.   This of course therefore raises wider questions about the nature of censorship and state control and so we might ask whether heavy metal has a role to play in challenging these dominant discourses.

Wider questions underpinning this conference are: Should politics be separate from metal, or is metal inherently political? How far does heavy metal play a political role? Or have something political to say?  How far is politics enmeshed in the production and consumption of heavy metal? How and by what means is politics mediated by gatekeepers? We reflect on the capacity of heavy metal bands, performers and fans to reject dominant narratives; does metal provide a conduit through which an alternate politics of everyday life might be possible?  Does metal provide the tools by which political power (in a variety of guises) can be held to account?  As well as political questions, we are also asking about epistemology: how can we know the nature of politics in heavy metal? (if it exists?)

Papers are invited that address any aspect of the broad conference theme and a selection have the opportunity for consideration for publication a special issue of Metal Music Studies

The International Society of Metal Studies (ISMMS) is pleased to support this event at Bournemouth. It is yet another opportunity for scholars to engage with this growing movement. We encourage conference delegates to look out for information on how to join ISMMS and how to access our journal Metal Music Studies, published by Intellect.

Call for Papers

This is a Call for Papers for the Metal Music Studies, ISSMS Conference, to be held on the 9 June 2016 at Bournemouth University, UK.

We invite abstracts of 500 words including a brief author bio of 150 words and the contact details of each author.

> > Download the Call for Papers: Metal Music Studies (PDF 48KB)

Proposals addressing the broad conference theme should be sent by the 1st March 2016.

Conference contacts

Dr Heather Savigny; Dr Julia Round; Dr Tasos Theofilou; Ian Marsland

Booking details

This event is free. Please register here. Please arrive promptly.


For more imformation please contact: Dr Heather Savigny;  Dr Julia Round; Dr Tasos Theofilou; Ian Marsland or visit our Facebook page.

Venue details

7th floor, Executive Business Centre
89 Holdenhurst Road