The following announcement is being circulated. Note the August 1 deadline.
*Call for Submissions: Pop Culture Tools in the Music Classroom*
Authors are invited to submit potential contributions to an essay
collection on using popular culture in undergraduate- and graduate-level
music courses. The essays should focus on teaching and learning tools
derived from popular culture, and may also include generalized
considerations of popular-culture texts. The collection is intended to
serve as a framework for course design or as a supplementary text in
either pedagogy or music classes. Approaches concerning methods of using
popular culture to address either art or vernacular musics, from the
disciplines of musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis,
and performance studies are welcome. Topics may include, but are not
· electronic media such as mp3s and other digital audio; Ipod culture;
· multimedia sources, including YouTube, music videos, television shows,
· videogames such as Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Dance Revolution, and
· online environments such as Second Life
· covers, versioning, parodies, mashups
**Essays should be 6,000-10,000 words in length and conform to /Chicago
Manual of Style/ guidelines. Authors will be responsible for acquiring
any necessary permissions for copyrighted materials included in their
works. Text should be submitted as Word files (.doc or .rtf format),
with musical examples in .tif, .pdf, .jpg, .gif, or .bmp format (.tifs
The collection will be published by Scarecrow Press in 2010. Materials
should be submitted electronically to Nicole Biamonte at
<email@example.com> by *August 1, 2009*. Please include:
1) a cover letter or message, including the author’s name and essay title
2) an abstract of approximately 200 words
3) the proposed contribution, with author’s name and other identifying
4) a brief biography (50 to 100 words)
5) a current cv
Centuries Historical Dance
danah boyd has a new article, “The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online,” on the subcultural divide between MySpace and Facebook. If you’re skeptical of such a divide, ask yourself which site is seen by some as the “ghetto” of social software. Then read the article to see whether you guessed correctly.
I’m also interested in the most obvious difference between the two sites…real names/identities in Facebook vs. “handles” in MySpace. Maybe boyd will explore the meaning of this as well.
What do you think?
Further reading: boyd’s dissertation, available for free here.
Back from hiatus, after traveling for 2 weeks through Europe, including visiting my old stomping grounds in Albania, where Dr. Lori Amy has been teaching and researching on a Fulbright and kindly hosted us in her Tirana home. If you’re interested in pics from the 3 countries, and detailed notes on Albania from my wife’s perspective as a first-time visitor (here, here, & here), just visit my Facebook page. (Also keep an eye on the news on Albania’s election results from yesterday, available in any major news sources online.)
Also, the Savannah Music Festival has posted streams online for your listening pleasure, from Schubert to Gershwin with a dose of boogie woogie.
Some of you will be interested in the announcement below…
Dear Friends of the National Congregations Study:
Per your request for updates about the NCS website, I wanted to let you
know that our new report of NCS findings, “American Congregations at the
Beginning of the 21st Century,” has just been posted to the site. You
can find it here
Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Divinity, Duke University
Director, National Congregations Study
A new report from Public Religion Research shows that support by clergy of same-sex marriage increased dramatically “when clergy were provided with an assurance that no church or congregation would be required to perform same-sex marriage services against its beliefs.” Of course, churches, congregations, or clergy are not required to perform any marriage in the US, so the new findings more accurately measure the landscape.
Antropologi.info has a rundown on recent news of open-access anthropology journals, and about the scandal of Elsevier publishing journals that purported to be peer-reviewed but were in fact manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry.
The following announcement is being circulated:
CALL FOR ACADEMIC PAPERS
Scholars are invited to submit papers for the 2010 Zora Neale Hurston
Festival of the Arts and
Humanities (January 23 – 31). The festival theme is “Reflection on the Life
and Legacy of Zora Neale
Hurston 50 Years After Her Death.”
The legacy of Zora Neale Hurston is a phenomenon that has undergone a
development and expansion in recent decades, embracing, among others, topics
in ethnic identity, social
interactions, feminist theory, and cultural continuity. Hurston’s unique
insights into folklore,
performance, and creative expression have invited new interpretation and
inspired emulation, while the
corpus of her own work has grown as a result of research and discovery. The
committee will welcome
papers exploring the dynamic dimensions of the Hurston legacy from
theoretical and/or historical
perspectives and will be especially attentive to appropriate consideration
of past, present, and emerging
In a tradition of excellence, scholars are encouraged to engage the
literature and discourse of
their respective fields at the same that they present their findings during
the public forum in a form that
is accessible to academics in other disciplines and is also intellectually
stimulating for an intelligent
Submit a 150-word abstract along with an 500-word summary of your paper that
of your paper that indicates the
thesis or central question, which you plan to explore, as well as an idea of
the theoretical framework
within which your findings will be considered.
Abstract and summary are due June 1, 2009.
If your work is accepted for the festival, a copy of
the full paper must be submitted by November1, 2009.
Email your submission to:
Deidre Crumbley @: deidre_crumbley&ncsu.edu
N. Y. Nathiri @: firstname.lastname@example.org
Then Mail Hard Copy to:
Hurston Papers 2010
Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.)
227 East Kennedy Boulevard
Eatonville, Florida 32751
I bet you didn’t even know today was a holiday. In honor of it, here’s my recent open access publication, and here’s our new open access repository (EagleSpace) at Georgia Southern (get the scoop here).