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    Wavelengths: Irish and American Music. UCD: Sept 2008

    By Noreen Bowden | May 8, 2008

    The UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies will host a conference exploring musical links between Ireland and the US.

    Organisers say

    This event has been conceived a by a group of scholars, musicians and producers to provide a focus for performance and study of Irish and American musical relations. These relations have a long and deep history, intertwining the cultures and identities of Irish and American peoples. The event will explore and celebrate these relations via a programme that combines conference presentations and musical performances.

    Wavelengths will focus on the back-and-forwards movement of musical traditions between Ireland and the United States and identify newer currents and fusions in transatlantic music. We invite proposals for conference presentations – individual papers and panels. Conference themes will include, but will not be limited to:

    • Race and ethnicity
    • Nation and identity
    • Class and work
    • Innovators (performers, technicians, collectors, commentators)
    • Emigration and diaspora
    • Historical events
    • New technologies
    • Scotch-Irish influences
    • Genres – traditional, folk, country, rock, jazz, soul, Celtic punk, hip hop…
    • Social functions of music
    • Representations of music in other media – film, photography, literature

    Brief abstracts (200 words) plus a short biographical statement should be sent to Catherine Carey at by 1st June 2008.

    See the UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies website.

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