Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. June 9 -11.


Day 1
Friday, June 9, 2017
Room David Strong building C103
1:00 - 2:30pm Welcome: Shamma Boyarin, Gabby Riches and Anna Chilewska
Opening Keynote: Dr. Keith Khan-Harris
“Beyond Transgression: Breaking Metal’s Boundaries”
In his address, Dr. Harris attempts to reconsider the nature of metal’s transgression in a digitally abundant age, in which boundaries of the ‘sayable’ and the ‘doable’ are being continually challenged and transformed. Dr. Harris’ talk aims to question the role transgression plays in metal and its conceptual effectiveness when applying it to studies of metal music and its cultural practices. Keith Kahn-Harris is a scholar, writer and sociologist based in London, UK. He is the author of Judaism: All That Matters, Turbulent Times: The Jewish Community Today (with Ben Gidley) and Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge. He currently works at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and Leo Baeck College.  
2:30 - 3:00 pm Coffee Break – outside Cornett A120 and A121
Room Cornett A120 Cornett A121
3:00 - 4:30pm Session 1: Construction of Boundaries
Chair: Gabby Riches
“Bloody Ties That Bind: Violence as A Tool for a Counterculture”
Sarah Dibiagio
“Explicit Content!! What Did the PMRC Do For Us: Feminism’s Backlash and Sexual Violence in Heavy Metal”
Rosemary Hill U of Leeds (UK)
Heather Savigny De Montford U (UK)
“‘My Dying Bride is Swan’: Conflict and Boundary in Death/Doom Metal Music World”
Mehmet Yavuz (Skype presentation)
Session 2: Localized Metal Scenes 1
Chair: Anna Chilewska
“DIWO: Do It with Others in the Metal Scene in Denmark”
Tore Tvarnø Lind U of Copenhagen
“Made in Russia”: Western Influences and Local Themes in Soviet Russia’s Emerging Metal Scene”
Dawn Hazle U of Nottingham (UK)
“‘Fiers et victorieux’: Understanding the Values of Utopia and Patriotic Pride in Québec Black Metal Community through Musicological, Textual and Discursive Analysis”
Méi-Ra St-Laurent U. Laval (Canada) (Skype presentation)
4:30 - 5:00pm Coffee Break – outside Cornett A120 and A121
Room Cornett A120 Cornett A121
5:00 - 6:30pm Session 3: Creativity, Resistance and Difference
Chair: Edward Banchs
Panel - “Back to the Culture: 80s Heavy Metal as a Community of Creativity, Resistance and Difference”
Songs in the Key of Depression, Suicide and Death: How Metal Musicians Sustained a Dialogue of Community with their Fans in a Period of Moral Panic about Heavy Metal Music, 1984-1991 Andy Brown Bath Spa U (UK)
"Wake up the Sleeping Giant”: Re-examining Glam Metal: Origin, Reception and Style Kevin Ebert Independent Scholar
’Every Thorn Has Its Rose?’: Vocal Melody, Love Songs, and the Problem of Pop Music in Glam Metal Ross Hagen Utah Valley U (USA)
Session 4: Sonic Boundaries
Chair: Sarah Wilkinson
“Sonic Architecture: Heaviness in Three Dimensions”
Mark Mynett U of Huddersfield (UK)
“Heavy or not? Analyzing Drum Placements in Hard Rock music”
Christophe Pirenne U de Liège (Belgium)
“Sepultura and the Reinvention of Brazilian Sound”
Jeder Janotti Jr. Federal U of Pernambuco (Brazil)
Special Event
Unleash The Archers Album Release Show with Dead Asylum and Liberatia
Friday, June 9, 2017 at 9 pm
Lucky Bar, 517 Yates St, Victoria, BC
Day 2
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Room Cornett A120 Cornett A121
9:00 - 10:30am Session 5: Forms of Resistance in Metal
Chair: Gabby Riches
“The Effects of Heavy Metal Music on the Hostile Form of Aggression”
Stephanie Marasti-Georg Independent Scholar
“Anti-Colonial Metal in Latin America: Reflections on Oppression, Resistance, and Community”
Nelson Varas
“Radical Resistance: Anarchism as a Kreator of Community in Metal”
Simon Springer U of Victoria (Canada)
Session 6: Fostering Communitie
Chair: Joshua Woods
“Metal Care: A Dark Exterior, but Soft on the Inside”
Niall William Richard Scott
“What Ties us Together: Examining the Dayton Metal Scene and the Community at Large”
Bryan Bardine U of Dayton (USA)
“Metal Shows in Victoria”
Casey Lazar Camosun College (Canada)
10:30 - 11:00am Coffee Break – outside Cornett A120 and A121
Room Cornett A120 Cornett A121
11:00 - 12:30pm Session 7: Metal Studies
Chair: Gabby Riches
Panel - “Metal Studies as a Subaltern Theoretical Approach & the Subaltern Dimension of Metal Studies”
Gérôme Guibert, Kevin Fellezs and Amber Clifford
Session 8: Metal Performance
Chair: Sarah Wilkinson
“Revelations Carved In Flesh: Sacrifice, Self: Mutilation and the Sacred Community in Scandinavian Black Metal Performance”
Gemma Antonelli U of New South Wales (Australia)
“Pole, Poi, Belly Dance and Metal: The Role of Metal Music in Dance Communities”
Anna Chilewska U of Alberta (Canada)
“We Take Everything to an Extreme: Genre, Performativity, and ‘Fade to Black’”
Stephen Hudson Northwestern U (USA)
12:30 - 2:00pm Lunch on your own
Room Harry Hickman building 105
2:00 - 3:00pm Introduction: Gabby Riches
Second Keynote: Brittney Slayes
“Reaching the Apex: Reflections on the Successes and Hardships
of Being a Female Metal Musician”
By reflecting upon her experiences within the Canadian metal scene, Ms. Slayes offers some personal anecdotes that highlight the everyday realities of being a metal music musician. She will be talking about her successes as a musician, as well as some mistakes she has made along the way and the meaningful lessons derived from these hardships. She will discuss the contentious ‘women in metal’ trope and the way she navigates the male-dominated environment of heavy metal. Ms. Slayes will also share a few tips and tricks of the metal trade she has accrued over the years in her continued pursuit of earning a living being a metal musician. Brittney Slayes is the lead singer of Victoria-born heavy metal band Unleash the Archers.
3:00 - 3:30 pm Coffee Break – outside Cornett A120 and A121
Room Cornett A120 Cornett A121
3:30 - 5:00 pm Session 9: Metal Histories
Chair: Justine Semmens
“Burzum Gijak-ishi: Global formation trends of black metal bands and solo projects from 1990 to 2014”
Sarah Wilkinson
“The Perennial Other: Goths, Townies, and Counterculture in Leeds during the Post Punk Revival”
Rio Goldhammer
“Retrospective Lineages and Narratives of Originality in Twenty-First Century Metalcore”
Lewis F. Kennedy U of Hull (UK)
Session 10: Stories of Origin
Chair: Anna Chilewska
“Hard and Heavy Exports: Japanese Heavy Metal and the West in the 1980s”
Timothy Strikwerda Independent Scholar
“Home of Metal, Homes of Metal: Popular Music Heritage and the International Diaspora of Heavy Metal”
Asya Draganova Birmingham City U (UK)
Paul Long
“Songs from the North: Deciphering the Metallic Country Brand of Finland”
Toni-Matti Karjalainen Aalto U (Finland)
5:00 - 5:30 pm Coffee Break – outside Cornett A120 and A121
Room Cornett A120 Cornett A121
5:30 - 7:00 pm Session 11: Construction of Identities
Chair: Gabby Riches
“Külmking’s Realm: Constructions of Imagined National Identity in the Music of Metsatöll”
Roberto Fernández Morales
“We’re no different than Vikings”: The Imagined ‘Viking’ Figure in the Metal Community, Issues and Values”
Anabelle Iratni Independent Scholar
“‘RockSoc’-ing in the Youth World: Participating in the Heavy Metal Community, Style, and Identity of the University of Liverpool Rock Society”
Amanda Barnett U of Liverpool (UK)
Session 12: Ethics, Hybridity and Fandom
Chair: Anna Chilewska
“The Ethics Of Heavy Metal”
Edmon Kelaita U of Victoria (Canada)
“'Negeri Seribu Bangsa': Musical Hybridization in Contemporary Indonesian Death Metal”
Dennis William Lee
“Political Preferences and Religious Beliefs of Metal Restival-Goers”
Gérôme Guibert
Christophe Guibert
7:00 - 8:00pm Location: Cornett A125 ISMMS Annual General Meeting
Day 3
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Room Cornett A120 Cornett A121
9:00 - 10:30 am Session 13: Critiques of Metal Chair: Justine Semmens “Unending Eruptions: White-Collar Metal Appropriations of Classical Complexity, Experimentation, Elitism, and Cultural Legitimization”
Eric Smialek McGill U (Canada)
(co-authored with Méi-Ra St-Laurent)
“Veiling the Self: Limits of Being a Female Metalhead in Turkey”
Secil Sen Independent Scholar
“Queer Ways of Participating in and Disidentifying with Heavy Metal”
Lisa Schug U of Linköping (Sweden)
Session 14: Heavy Metal and Popular Culture
Chair: Conrad Leibel
“Heavy Metal Goes to the JUNO Awards”
Laura Wiebe Brock University
“'Stereotyped postures' to 'credible avant garde strategies': The transformation of metal in The Wire magazine”
Owen Coggins The Open U (UK)
“Festival Life: Taking a Small Idea and Making It Grow”
Jesse Valstar
11:00 - 12:30 pm Session 15: Discourse Analysis
Chair: Jason Wallin
“Devin Townsend’s Ziltoid the Omniscient and Late 20th Century Canadian Poetics of Persona”
Conrad Liebel U of Victoria (Canada)
“Form and Function: the Linguistics of Metal Lyrics”
Robert Pierrard U of Victoria (Canada)
Session 16: Local and Global Communities
Chair: Anna Chilewska
“A Call To Breath: The Mainstream Media and the Suffocation of Metal Music in Brazil”
Angie Miranda Antunes U Federal De Juiz De Fora (Brazil)
“‘Metal on the Hill’, Graz (Austria): A Historico-Anthropological Case Study of a Newly Established Extreme Metal Festival as an Example of Boundaries and Ties in a Local Metal Music Community”
Peter Pichler Independent Scholar
“Screams of the New, Whispers of the Past: Heritage and Heavy Metal in Madagascar”
Edward Banchs Independent Scholar
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch on your own
Room Student Union building Cinecenta theatre
2:00 - 4:15 pm Blekkmetal
Documentary, followed by Q&A with Jason Wallin and Vivek Venkatesh
Introduction: Anna Chilewska
Blekkmetal is a documentary about the 2015 festival celebrating the origins of Norwegian black metal. The film features interviews and footage of Enslaved, Taake, Aeternus, Gehenna, Helheim, Old Funeral, Kampfar, Hades Almighty and Gaahls Wyrd performing their classic songs. Blekkmetal was produced by four Canadian scholars and filmakers: David Hall, Vivek Venkatesh, Jason Wallin and Owen Chapman. It was co-produced by the festival’s organizers Ivar Bjørnson, Jannicke Wiese-Hansen and Kirsti Rosseland
Jason Wallin and Vivek Venkatesh (pictured on the left).
4:15 - 4:30 pm Concluding Remarks by Shamma Boyarin

Disclaimer: Please note that the organizers will be taking photographs throughout the conference.