The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Saturday, April 24 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Flipping the Script: Traditions in Transition (Room B: Oscillator)

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Flipping the Script: Traditions in Transition (Room B: Oscillator)

Music establishes a sense of place but no place remains static forever. Four takes on temporal sounds in eras of flux and flow. Questions emerge, including: In a year when live music is all but impossible, how can political and social transformation flourish on the internet? How do times and places defined in movies by period-specific sounds live—long after the period has past? What happens when the police disrupt a Black hip hop beach party in the heart of the Reagan era? Finally, what do TikTok’s participatory digital networks mean to our sense of who we are?

Paper order will be: Arrieta, Bimm, and McLeod.

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Glenn Hendler

Professor of English & American Studies, Fordham University
Glenn Hendler is Professor of English and American Studies at Fordham University, USA, where he teaches courses in US literature and culture, sound studies, and cultural theory. He writes on popular and unpopular literature in the 19th century, film, television, music, and contemporary... Read More →

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Alexandria Arrieta

PhD Student, University of Southern California
“This audio has potential”: Boundless Audio and the Performance (and Appropriation) of Identity on TikTok“This audio has potential” is a comment frequently left by TikTok users when they think a video’s sound is going to go viral. The app, which enables users to lift audio... Read More →
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Morgan Bimm

PhD Candidate, York University
When the DIY Venue is a Blog: Tastemaking Spaces in Flux In this presentation, I argue that the ‘liveness’ of music scenes has always been channelled, in moments of flux, into new spaces for music criticism and community. Drawing on interviews collected for my dissertation chapter... Read More →

Kembrew McLeod

“Places with the Racist Faces”: Virginia Beach, Greekfest ’89, and Hip HopGreekfest began in Virginia Beach during the early 1980s, when sororities and fraternities from East Coast HBCUs started a beach picnic during Labor Day weekend in my hometown. Many white residents and... Read More →

Saturday April 24, 2021 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Room B: Oscillator