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The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Friday, April 23 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
The Quarantine Boogie: Music in the Times of Pandemics (Room B: Oscillator)

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The Quarantine Boogie: Music in the Times of Pandemics (Room B: Oscillator)

It's a massive understatement to note that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the flows of "normal" life and this is no less true in the musical community than any other. This panel features four papers that highlights how music and musicians have responded to disruptive forces like pandemics, not just our current one but earlier examples as well. The paper topics range from looking at how individual artists have pivoted to adjust to new realities of social interaction, to how entire geographic regions have responded to the disruptions in their midst, to traveling back nearly 100 years to see how an earlier generation of musicians responded to similar pandemics in the past.

1.”Old Hits Verzuz New Technology: How a Pandemic Ushered Legacy Artists' Catalogs into the Clout Economy”
Jabari Evans, Center on Media and Human Development, Northwestern University

2."Dolly Parton in the Pandemic: New Constructions of Authenticity and Transmedia Storytelling"
Leigh H. Edwards, Department of English, Florida State University

3."TB Blues: Infectious disease and health communication in pop music"
Jessica Cassyle Carr, the University of New Mexico College of Population Health

4."Maldito Coronavirus! Mapping Musical Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic Across Latin America"
Dan Margolies, Virginia Wesleyan University + J.A. Strub, University of Texas at Austin

Moderators
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Charles L. Hughes

Rhodes College
Charles L. Hughes is the author of Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South and the forthcoming Why Bushwick Bill Matters. He teaches at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Speakers
avatar for Jabari Evans

Jabari Evans

Research Fellow, Northwestern University
Old Hits Verzuz New Technology: How a Pandemic Ushered Legacy Artists into the Clout EconomyThis presentation focuses on the live streaming event called Verzuz, the webcast concert series created by Hip-Hop music producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. Drawing on empirical data from... Read More →
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Leigh H. Edwards

Professor of English, Florida State University
Dolly Parton in the Pandemic: New Constructions of Authenticity and Transmedia StorytellingThis paper examines why Dolly Parton has emerged as such a resonant artist in the COVID-19 pandemic, with press coverage of her calling her a “patron saint” who has tried to save the world... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Cassyle Carr

Jessica Cassyle Carr

Instructor / Writer, University of New Mexico
TB Blues: Infectious disease and health communication in pop musicSongs confronting COVID-19 were prominent in 2020. One of the biggest pandemic sonic successes was “Ghen Cô Vy” an adaptation of an already-popular song written by Khắc Hưng and sung by Vietnamese pop act MIN... Read More →
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Dan Margolies

“Maldito Coronavirus!” Mapping the Musical Responses to the Covid Pandemic Across Latin AmericaThe Covid pandemic has been a profoundly sonic experience. Mr. Cumbia released his ubiquitous “La Cumbia del Coronavirus” on January 22, 2020, a week before the World Health Organization... Read More →
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J.A. Strub

“Maldito Coronavirus!” Mapping the Musical Responses to the Covid Pandemic Across Latin AmericaThe Covid pandemic has been a profoundly sonic experience. Mr. Cumbia released his ubiquitous “La Cumbia del Coronavirus” on January 22, 2020, a week before the World Health Organization... Read More →


Friday April 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Room B: Oscillator