The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
Artwork by Alex Nero; Design by The Art Dictator
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Saturday, April 24 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Re / vision / ist History (Room B: Oscillator)

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Re / vision / ist History: A Focused Roundtable (Room B: Oscillator)

What even is time? This 2020 question will continue to haunt us into 2021, and Pop Con’s theme is the perfect invitation to interrogate and examine the dynamic interplay of art and time. Our proposed roundtable, Re / vision / ist History, explores multiple facets of music spanning several decades.

Erin MacLeod takes us back to the 2010s with the Alaclair Ensemble, an ambitious hip hop collective and concept group based on imagining an alternate history in which the lower Canadian Rebellion was actually won by the Patriots in 1838. In imagining an alternate history of Quebec, one of which is establishing the Declaration of Independence of Lower Canada, Alaclair Ensemble explores treconfiguring separatism, literally and figuratively. The multimedia and bilingual piece examines the limits and possibilities of Alaclair Ensemble’s efficacy, influence, and musicality.

Andrea Warner starts in 1965 and works her way through to the present day with “28 Ways of Looking at a Song.” She explores the feminist highs & hair-raising lows of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s most covered classic, “Until It’s Time For You To Go.” From Elvis, Cher and Päivi Paunu to Barbra Streisand, François Hardy, and the New Birth, this multimedia piece examines how a song changes or retains its shape depending on the cover, the singer, the context, and the pop culture climate.

Isis Semaj-Hall examines Lee Scratch Perry's music to consider how he upsets colonial time with his form of Jamaicanfuturism. Listening carefully to his haunted production in the 1970s to his riddles and wordplay he voiced in the 1990s on "African Hitchhiker", "Angel Gabriel and the Space Boots", "Too Much Money", "Lee the Upsetter", and "(I Got the) Groove", this lyric-focused piece argues that Scratch's Jamaicanfuturist time is not rooted in money as it is in the West that he rejects. Rather, for this musical African alien, he decolonizes time, making it sense-based not cents-based. If the listener repeats, rewinds, and replays, instead of fast forwarding through the musical message, colonial notions of time as money and time as space become less stable.

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Paula Mejía

Senior Editor at Texas Monthly; co-founding editor of NPR Music's Turning the Tables
Paula Mejía is a Senior Editor at Texas Monthly whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and other publications. She is a co-founding editor of NPR Music's Turning the Tables series and her first book, a 33 1/3 series volume on the Jesus and Mary... Read More →

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Andrea Warner

Andrea Warner (she/her) writes and talks. She is the author of Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography and We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the '90s and Changed Canadian Music. Andrea has co-hosted Pop This! podcast since 2015 and is a panelist on CBC’s Pop Chat podcast... Read More →

Erin MacLeod

Erin MacLeod (she/her) has a PhD in communications from McGill, has taught at the University of the West Indies and presently teaches at Vanier College in Montreal, located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk). Her research interests lie in relationships... Read More →
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Isis Semaj-Hall

Isis Semaj-Hall examines Lee Scratch Perry's music to consider how he upsets colonial time and finds liberation in a renewed convergence with what John Mbiti (1969) calls an African sense of time. Listening carefully to his haunted production in the 1970s and the riddles and wordplay... Read More →

Saturday April 24, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room B: Oscillator