Program WMAF 2018


Day 1 | Thursday, November 22nd
Haus der Universität (HdU), Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf
Locations: Lecture Hall and Foyer (Ground Floor)

15.00-16.00 Welcome & Registration

16.30-17.00 Conference Opening (Lecture Hall, Ground Floor)
Susan Winnett (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany) &
Thomas Gurke (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)

17.00-18.30 Keynote-Lecture
Nassim Balestrini (University of Graz, Austria)
To Hip or Not to Hop: Popularity, Crossover, and Competing Publics

18.30-19.00 Concert by PATTY GURDY
Followed by wine reception



Day 2 | Friday, November 23rd
Haus der Universität, Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf
Panel Locations: 3rd Floor, Room 4

9.30-10.45 Panel 1: Music and the Popular I – Chair: Marija Grujić
Per Bäckström (Karlstad University, Sweden)
The Anti-Aesthetics of Rock from Iggy Pop to Joy Division: The Popular as Negotiation of Cultural Values

Tom Smith (University of St Andrews)
Against the Mainstream: Authenticity, Popularity and Literary Performance in Germany’s Techno Scene

10.45-11.15 Coffee (3rd Floor)

11.15-12.30 Panel 2: Lost Voices – Chair: Susan Winnett
Jennifer Knox (Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas, USA)
“Young Woman’s Blues”: The Influence of Blues Imagery in Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

Alexandra Reznik (Duquesne University, Pennsylvania, USA)
“…the world wanted to bleed all the sass out my name”:
Interrogating the Popularity of Words and Music in Tyehimba Jess’s Olio

12.30-13.30 Lunch (3rd Floor)

13.30-15.00 Panel 3: Music, Identity and Place – Chair: Thomas Gurke
Iryna Paliy (Kharkiv University of Arts, Ukraine)
The Principles of “Global Village” in the Musicological Field

Jan Czarnecki (University of Cologne, Germany)
Mickiewicz – Stasiuk – Haydamaky: A Melopoetic Travel between East and West

Saša Vekić (Independent Scholar, Belgrade, Serbia)
Spaces of Difference: Popular Music and Subcultures in British Contemporary Prose

15.00-15.30 Coffee (3rd Floor)

15.30-17.00 Panel 4: Socio-Political Pop – Chair: Samuel Wee
Lea Wierød Borčak (Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden)
Transmedia Performance in Communal Singing Events

Juliana Matasova (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine)
Post-Soviet Women Singer-Songwriters / Post-Soviet Audience: 
An Exercise in Resistance (1990s)

Marija Grujić (Institute for Literature and Art, Belgrade, Serbia)
The Gendered Visual Aesthetics and Verbal Messages of Hip-Hop and 
Country Music Incorporated in Serbian Popular Music

In the time remaining before the conference dinner, you may want to explore the various Düsseldorf Christmas Markets around the Old Town (“Altstadt”) that open on Friday, November 23rd!

20.00-22.00 Conference Dinner
see printed program for details



Day 3 | Saturday, November 24th
Haus der Universität, Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf
Location: 3rd Floor, Room 4

10.00-11.15 Panel 5: Music and the Popular II – Chair: Alexandra Reznik
Allison Bumsted (Liverpool Hope University, UK)
“Which side are you on, McCartney?”: A Reassessment of Rock Criticism, the Rock-Pop-Divide, and Wings within the Popular Music Press

Felix Leidner (University of Rostock, Germany)
“Let England Shake!”: How PJ Harvey’s Songs Challenge English (or British?) Identity

11.15-11.45 Coffee (3rd Floor)

11.45-13.15 Panel 6: Popularity in/of Opera & Film – Chair: Emily Petermann
Giedrė Smolskaitė (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
When Music Becomes the Main Narrator

Nathan Neeley (University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Musical Quotation in Recent Disney Movies

Christian Dammann (Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Germany)
The Popularity of Parisian Parodies of Lohengrin and Otello

13.15-14.00 Lunch (3rd Floor)

14.00-15.30 Panel 7: Pop, Folklore and the Unpopular – Chair: Tom Smith
Samuel Caleb Wee (University of British Columbia, Canada)
“Play it Fuckin’ Loud”: Dylan, Adorno, and the Aesthetics of Contemporary Popular Music

Yke Schotanus (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Experiencing Dylan: the Effect of Formal Structure and Performance on the Interpretation of a Dylan Song

Ivan Delazari (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia)
William H. Gass, “The Music of Prose,” and How to Stay Away from the Popular

15.30-16.30 Concluding Discussion & Official End of Conference