Archive for the ‘Conferences’ category

HipHopHEADS symposium: HipHop Kulture



Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change


On September 15th and 16th, I’ll be in Foggy London Town reading a paper at the Subcultures, Popular Music & Social Change conference. Folks like Dick Hebdige and Caroline Coon will be there too. Will you?


This was Not a Conference, Encore


Do you remember 2010’s This is Not a Conference?

It was, of course, where Graduate Music Student Association (GMSA) & the History and Classics Graduate Students Association (HCGSA) at the University of Alberta (UofA) joined forces to make an even longer acronym (GMSAHCGSAUOFA) and host a combined panel as part of their respective conferences.

Well they did it again this year too:

The following videos are from a talk called “Who said you could label dissent? The Punk Attitude in Folk Music in the Twentieth Century”

Dr. Michael B. MacDonald & Rylan Kafara

And go ahead and check out other videos from the 2011 GMSA conference:

Video from Ncounters: the Audible Past, the Mutable Future 

This was Not a Conference


On Friday 5 March 2010, the Graduate Music Student Association and the History and Classics Graduate Students Association joined forces to hold a combined panel as part of their respective Graduate Student Conferences. Held at Dewey’s, a pub on the University of Alberta campus, over 175 people showed up to “This is Not a Conference” to watch presentations, hear music, and of course drink beer. Big Rock Brewery graciously covered the expenses to ensure that all proceeds brought in from the $5 cover at the event went directly to support local music.


what they did was secret


On Wednesday 10 February 2010, I presented a paper at the 31st SWTX PCA/ACA entitled “What They Did was Secret: The Links Between Punk and Grunge.”

This earlier appeared in the comment section, but I thought I would re-post it, WITH PICTURES.

Here is the main thrust of what I was trying to get across in my conference paper:


2010 University of Alberta History and Classics Graduate Student Association Conference


“The Past is Not Yet Written: Innovative Approaches and New Ideas in Historical Research”

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 March 2010 
Innovative panels all day
Innovative socials each night

drifting on down ol’ Route 66


I’ve just landed in Albuquerque for the 31st Annual Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations Meeting. The first thing I did was learn how to spell Albuquerque. The second thing was wander around Route 66, the old “Main street of America” for a few hours. It runs right through town. You can get a double cheeseburger at McDonald’s for $1. Wendy’s has combos for $2.99. If it turns out there’s a Carl’s Jr. somewhere too, I may never leave.

I’m presenting a paper on one of the “punk panels” at the conference, where I attempt to explore the connections between the overall punk scene in America and the “grunge” scene in the Pacific Northwest. The panels are going to be chalk full of people that actually know stuff about punk, and so I thought it would be worth it to go through an embarrassing hour or so – where they realize I know nothing about the subject – in exchange for me soaking up all their ideas for the next several days. I may even come home with a mohawk. 

So over the next little while I will be posting interesting/thought provoking/profound/and maybe even funny information from the conference on this amazing blog. Please let me know what y’all think.