Agenda

All events are in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (BTSU) on the campus of Bowling Green State University unless otherwise noted.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration

9:15 am - 10:00 am | BTSU 206
Conference Opening and Welcome
Jeremy Wallach - Bowling Green State University, USA
Marilyn Motz - Chair of the Department of Popular Culture
Susana Peña - Director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies

10:00 am - 11:30 am | BTSU 206
Keynote
Niall W.R. Scott - University of Central Lancashire, UK
The Blackening of the Green

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | BTSU 206
Session 1: Rethinking Heavy Metal

  • Metal as Cultural Practice
    Pierre Hecker - University of Marburg, Germany
  • Progressivity: Reconsidering Heavy Metal
    Lars Norberg - The University of Agder, Norway
  • Heavy Metal as Resistance
    Niall Scott - University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Humanizing the Machine: Technological Mediation and the Notions of Authenticity, Integrity and Liveness in Contemporary Metal Music
    Mark Mynett - University of Huddersfield, UK

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | BTSU 206
Session 2: Crossing Over: Metal Transgressing Genre and Cultural Boundaries

  • Landscape and Mythology as Heavy Metal Fashion
    Mark Deeks - University of Leeds, UK
  • Beyond Black: Satanism, Medievalism, and the Dark Illumination of the Self in the Aesthetics of Norwegian and Transnational Black Metal
    Brenda Walter - St Louis College of Pharmacy, USA
  • Local Roots, International Audiences: Transcultural Appeal and Strategies in European Folk/Pagan Metal
    Lauren Welker - Independent Scholar, USA
  • Reactions to Crossover/Thrash Metal in Punk and Metal Scenes
    William Tsitos - Towson University, USA

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm | BTSU 206
Session 3: Metal Sounds

  • Drone Metal Recordings as Mystical Texts
    Owen Coggins - The Open University, UK
  • Electronic Distortion and Tonal Stability in Heavy Metal
    Spencer Neil Lambright - Middle Tennessee State University, USA
  • Becoming the Beast: Musical Expression in the Extreme Metal Voice
    Eric Smialek - McGill University, Canada
  • Bridging the Divide? Classical Music and Popular Culture in Symphonic Metal
    Kevin Ebert - Xavier University, USA

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dinner

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | BTSU 206
The Heavy Metal T-Shirt Project & Motörhead Matters
Presented and Moderated by Matt Donahue - Bowling Green State University, USA

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration

8:00 am - 9:30 am | BTSU 228
Session 4: Race With the Devil: The Racial Politics of Heavy Metal, or Who Gets to Play (with) Heavy Metal Anyway?

  • Sister Outsiders? A Critical Meditation on Two Black Women’s Musicianship in U.S. Heavy Metal
    Mashadi Matabane - Emory University, USA
  • A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?: Geekdom, Virtuosity and the Relative ‘Un-marking’ of Race in On-line Progressive-Metal Fandom Threads
    Andy Brown - Bath Spa University, UK
  • Edge of Insanity: Tony MacAlpine and Virtuosity as Transcendence
    Chair: Kevin Fellezs - Columbia University, USA

10:00 am - 11:30 am | BTSU 228
Session 5: Women and Gender in Heavy Metal

  • Are Women Metal Fans Groupies? The Impact of Dominant Representations of Women Rock and Metal Fans Upon Female Fans
    Rosemary Lucy Hill - University of York, UK
  • Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses: The Rise of Women in Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal and Grindcore
    Sarah Kitteringham - University of Calgary, Canada
  • Blasting Britney on the Way to Goatwhore: Listening Practices and Authenticity Among Female-Identified Fans of Death Metal in Piedmont North Carolina
    Jamie Patterson - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Metal Gaga: Appropriation, Post-Consumption and the Metal Aesthetic
    Christopher Smit - Calvin College, USA

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch

11:50 am - 12:45 pm | Meet outside BTSU 206
Special tour of the BGSU Sound Recordings Archives and the Browne Popular Culture Library

  • Susannah Cleveland and Bill Schurk from BGSU’s Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives
  • Nancy Down from BGSU’s Browne Popular Culture Library
  • Tour Guide: Matt Donahue - Bowling Green State University, USA

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | BTSU 206
Session 6: Local Scenes and Sounds, Historically and Today

  • Headbanging in the Margins: A Case Study of 3 Underground Metal Venues in Leeds, UK
    Gabby Riches - University of Leeds, UK
  • Genre, Scene and Ritual in Cascadian Black Metal
    Anthony Thibodeau - Bowling Green State University, USA
  • “Marche ou crève”: Trust and the Singular Birth of French Heavy Metal in the Late ‘70s
    Gérôme Guibert - University of Paris, Sorbonne-Nouvelle, France

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | BTSU 206
Roundtable: What Are the Origins and Meaning of Heavy Metal?
Moderated by Brian Hickam - Benedictine University, USA

Panelists

  • Deena Weinstein - DePaul University, USA
  • Steve Waksman - Smith College, USA
  • Rob Kimple - Owner of RamaLama Records, Toledo scene veteran, and concert promoter, USA
  • Martin Popoff - journalist, author of 41 metal books, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine, Canada

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm | BTSU 206
Keynote: Metal After Metal Studies: What Comes Next?
Keith Kahn-Harris - Writer, Sociologist, UK

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration

9:00 am - 5:00 pm | BTSU 201
Exhibit: "Beyond the Black: Masks and Facepaint through Genres, History & Cultures"

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Session 7: Global Dimensions

  • Bogan’s Heroes: Thrash Metal in the Public Eye
    Dave Snell - Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Musicians Should Never Turn into Servants of Politics: Metal, Politics and Pop Culture in post-Soviet South Caucasus
    Manuel Trummer - University of Regensberg, Germany
  • Fragile Hearts: Mainstreaming Metal in Madagascar
    Markus Verne - University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • The Scene of Chinese Heavy Metal after the Golden Age: From Painkiller to the Globe
    Yu Zheng - Bowling Green State University, USA

11:00 am - 12:30 pm | BTSU 206
Keynote: Race, Gender and Authenticity in Extreme Music
Laina Dawes - Journalist, Photographer, Writer, Canada

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | BTSU 206
Roundtable: Heavy Metal and Community
Moderated by Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone - University of Central Missouri, USA

Panelists

  • Niall Scott - University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Sarah Kitteringham - University of Calgary, Canada
  • Bryan Bardine - University of Dayton, USA
  • Esther Clinton - Bowling Green State University, USA
  • Additional panelists - TBA

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm | BTSU 206
Session 8: Finnish Take on Metal Management and Consumption

  • In Somnium Exportata: A Finnish Story of International Metal Labor
    Chair: Toni-Matti Karjalainen - Aalto University School of Business, Finland
  • Leadership by Perkele? Managing a Creative Metal Music Venture
    Eeva Perttula - Aalto University School of Business, Finland
  • The Anatomy of a Metal Festival: Tuska in Hellsinki
    Anna Salo - Aalto University School of Business, Finland

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | BTSU 206
Session 9: Heavy Metal and Culture in the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico: National Identities, Religion and Gender

  • On your knees and pray! The Role of Religion in the Development of a Metal Scene in the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico
    Chair: Nelson Varas-Dias - University of Puerto Rico and Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • There’s a Girl in the Mosh Pit! Female Gender Practices in Puerto Rico’s Heavy Metal Scene
    Sigrid Mendoza - University of Puerto Rico and Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • “Con la mancha de plátano”: The Role of National Identities in Puerto Rico’s Metal Scene
    Eliut Rivera-Segarra and Osvaldo González - University of Puerto Rico and Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Registration

11:00 am - 5:00 pm | BTSU 201
Exhibit: "Beyond the Black: Masks and Facepaint through Genres, History & Cultures"

11:00 am - 12:30 pm | BTSU 206
Session 10: Nostalgia and Kitsch: Metal Gets Sentimental

  • “…Another Thing Coming”: Nostalgia and Kitsch in Mass Cultural Manifestations of “Metal”
    Brad Klypchak - Texas A & M Commerce, USA
  • “Where is Def Leppard? Where is Mötley Crüe? Why Do All My Lyrics Sound Like Dr. Seuss?” Steel Panther and the Parodic Revival of Glam Metal
    Kristen Sollee - Independent Scholar, USA
  • The Emergence of Realist Metal Video on MTV, 1983-1985, or Metal in the Pre-Tawny Kitaen Era on MTV
    John McCombe - University of Dayton, USA
  • Sentimental Comedy and the Heavy Metal Documentary
    Gerd Bayer - University of Erlangen, Germany

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | BTSU 206
Roundtable: The Toledo Heavy Metal Scene
Moderated by Matt Donahue - Bowling Green State University, USA

Panelists

  • Todd Evans - Mobile Death Camp, Gwar
  • Andy Wendler - Necros, Gone in Sixty Seconds
  • Chuck Stohl - Damien, STOHL-N
  • Kevin Kekes - Damien, Chastain, Southern Gentlemen, Vainglory
  • Steve Szirotnyak - guitarist, enthusiast, collector
  • Matt Donahue - MAD 45, Head, The Great Barbeque Gods
  • Bill Getz - local metal enthusiast/historian
  • Additional panelists - TBA

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm | BTSU 206
Session 11: Comics, Sci-Fi and Superheroes: Metal Meets Fiction

  • Nordic Metal Avenger: Jon Mikl Thor’s Performances of Superhero Characters
    Florian Heesch - University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany
  • Metal and Comics: Strange Bedfellows?
    Colin McKinnon - Independent Scholar, Switzerland
  • Metalocalypse as Meta-Discourse
    David Roby - Texas A & M, USA
  • ‘Musicians from Mars’: Negotiating Music, Genre and Identity in Voivod’s Science Fictional Metal
    Laura Wiebe - McMaster University, Canada

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm | BTSU 206
Closing Remarks
Esther Clinton - Bowling Green State University, USA

OTHER EVENTS

Tuesday, April 2, other music film series presents Global Metal and Heavy Metal in Baghdad. Grounds for Thought coffee shop, Main Street, BG 7 pm.

Wednesday, April 3, Welcome reception for conference delegates. Time and location TBA.

Friday, April 5 at 8 pm, Book signing with Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Grounds for Thought coffee shop, Main Street, BG

Friday, April 5 at 9 pm, Concert: Matt Donahue’s MAD 45 (local Toledo/BG band). Grounds for Thought coffee shop, Main Street, BG

Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, Live music, TBA.

Saturday, April 6 at 9 p.m. Concert: Regional heavy metal acts Buried But Breathing, Demonshifter, In Hell & Fury, Nekrosis, Trust Me I'm a Doctor. Howard's Club H, Main Street, BG