Popular Music and Power

Friday and Saturday, 24. and 25.06.2016 //
International Conference, organised by Jens Gerrit Papenburg

Popular Music and Power
Sonic Materiality between Cultural Studies and Music Analysis

Friday, June 24 @ Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Institute of Musicology and Media Studies
Georgenstraße 47, Medientheater

11:00-11:30 AM
Arrival and Greetings

11:30-11:45 AM
Jens Gerrit Papenburg (Berlin): Introduction

11:45-2:00 PM
Panel I – Relational Sonic Materialities beyond Text/Context
Chair: Sebastian Klotz (Berlin)
Antoine Hennion (Paris): Attachments. A Pragmatist Approach to Musical Power
Jochen Bonz (Innsbruck): Sonic Relations and the Listener. Approaching Sonic Materialities as a Means of Subjective Experience
Will Straw (Montreal): Knight’s Moves and Musical Degradation in Recent Electronic Music Practice

2:00-3:00 PM

3:00-4:30 PM
Panel II – Amplification, Silence, and Powerful Sounds
Chair: Dahlia Borsche (Berlin)
Kyle Devine (Oslo): Even in the Quietest Moments: Loudness and Power in “Speaker Culture”
Jens Gerrit Papenburg (Berlin): Tactile Sound, Volume, and “Para-Auditive” Subjects. Germany, 1925 to 1936

4:30-5:00 PM
Coffee Break

5:00-5:45 PM
Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt (Hildesheim): tracks’n’treks: De-Linking AfricC. A Soundlecture

6:30 PM

Saturday @ Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Luisenstraße 56, Festsaal

9:30-11:00 AM
Panel III – Sound Politics between Sensory Studies and Affect Theory
Chair: Jin Hyun Kim (Berlin)
Marie Thompson (Lincoln): Power over/Power to: Music, Affect, and Contestations of Social Space
Holger Schulze (Kopenhagen): The Nanopolitics of Electric Hum in Popular Music. A Sensological Critique

11:00-11:30 AM
Coffee break

11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Panel IV – Sound Histories Chair: Bodo Mrozek (Berlin)
Derek B. Scott (Leeds): Silver-Age Operetta: The Power of an Early 20th-Century Transcultural Entertainment Industry
Michael Rauhut (Kristiansand): Powers of Interpretations. Images of the US in East German Popular Music Discourses

1:00-2:00 PM

2:00-3:30 PM
Panel V – Listening Practices between Normalization and Self-Empowerment Chair: Sebastian Schwesinger (Berlin)
Marta García Quiñones (Barcelona): Constructing the Distracted Listener: The Problem with Psychological Research into Popular Songs
Susanne Binas-Preisendorfer (Oldenburg): Affection in the Medium of Sound

3:30-4:00 PM
Coffee break

4:00-5:30 PM
Panel VI – Beyond Text/Context Chair: Bianca Ludewig (Innsbruck)
Lena J. Muller (Berlin): Analyzing Power Relations in Sound: Auditive Pleasures and Gendered Body Concepts
John Shepherd (Ottawa): Beyond Text and Context: the Material Power of Music

5:30 PM
Concluding remarks, Peter Wicke (Berlin)

Dinner, 6:30 PM

The Conference is supported by
The Faculty of Humanities and the Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
International Office, Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin.