Somewhere in Time II: A Conference on Metal and HistoryAugust 2020, University of Victoria

Metal Studies and the Heavy Metal UVic Student Society’s Annual Conference

The 2017 conference “Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities” in collaboration with the International Society for Metal Music Studies explored a variety of topics such as: feminism in Heavy Metal, influences in the ‘80s Heavy Metal, post-Punk revival, localized Metal scenes around the world and anti-Colonial Metal as a form of resistance in Latin America. We followed this with a conference focusing on the intersection of metal and history in 2018. Papers ranged from the symbolic function of Ancient Greece as the “West” in the oeuvre of some Metal bands, the history of metal in Soviet Russia and East Germany, and the role of metal in current far right movements. But there is a lot more to say about these topics and others that we have decided to explore it some more with the aim to set a tradition and space for Metal scholars and enthusiasts and fans to learn and share so we invite you all to submit proposals for this upcoming conference.

We welcome papers and panels showcasing research from a variety of disciplines and approaches. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Students, early career and independent scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts. Dates of the conference are to be announced soon.

Please submit abstracts of about 100 words by December 15th, 2019.

Submit abstracts and inquiries to: metalandhistory@uvic.ca