2nd Global Conference: Urban Popcultures (March 2012: Prague; Czech Republic) (UP2)

Venue: Michna Palace

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Event Date/Time: Mar 09, 2012 End Date/Time: Mar 11, 2012
Registration Date: Sep 30, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 30, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Jan 27, 2012
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2nd Global Conference
Urban Popcultures

Friday 9th March- Sunday 11th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers:
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore
and critically engage with issues related to urban life. The project
will promote the ongoing analysis of the varied creative trends and
alternative cultural movements that comprise urban popultures and
subcultures. In particular the conference will encourage equally
theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural and
political contexts within which alternative urban subcultures are

Papers, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are
invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

1. Popular, Alternative, and Underground Music Cultures
Alternative and Underground Dance, Electronica, Hip Hop, Gothic, Punk
and Post-Rock Scenes. Local, Regional, and Global Scenes. The
Mass-Appropriation of Underground Music. Independent Music Cultures.
Popular Music Theory.

2. Subcultures, Communities, and Codes
Underground and Alternative Ideologies and Lifestyles. Issues of Gender,
Sexuality, and Identity. The Avantgarde and Urban Codes. Urban Religion
and Religious Expressions. D.I.Y.

3. Theories and Critical Studies of Popular Culture
Histories, Representations, and Discourses on Independent Scenes. The
Frankfurt School. The Visual Turn. Urban Intertextualities and
Intermedialities. Cultural Appropriations. Postmodernity and Beyond.

4. Popular and Subversive Expressions in Fashion, Art, Film, and Literature
Urban and Contemporary Life and Themes Considered in Music, Literature,
Art and Film. Urban Fashion, Style, and Branding. Pop Art. Graffiti. Low
vs. High Culture.

5. The City as Creative Subject/Object
Virtual Urbanity – Online Communities and the Impact of Social
Networking. Urban Identity and Membership. Globalization/Localization of
Urban Experience. Recent trends in Copyright/Copyleft. The Role of
Internet in the Transformation of Music Industry. The Impact of
User-generated Content.

6. Conflict, Popular Revolt, and Politics
Music and Politics. Race and Music Styles. Music Revolutions.
Generational Conflicts. Class Divisions. Ageing Music Fans and
Cross-generational Cool. New Schools vs. Old Schools.

7. Popular Culture Online and in Massmedia
The Visual Aspects of Urban Entertainment. The Evolution of Music and
Thematic Television. Media Structure of Music Video. Explicit TV and

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 30th September 2011.
All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where
appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft
paper should be submitted by Friday27th January 2012. Abstracts should
be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be
in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and
in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e)
body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes
and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold,
italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper
proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you
should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in
cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic
route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Jordan Copeland
La Salle University,
Philadelphia, USA
Emial: copeland@lasalle.edu

Daniel Riha
Hub Leader (Cyber), Inter-Disciplinary.Net
Charles University,
Prague, Czech Republic
Email: rihad@inter-disciplinary.net

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK
Email: up2@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘Critical Issues’ programme of research
projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and
interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are
innovative and exciting.

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be
eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited
for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s) or for
inclusion in a new Cyber journal (launching 2011).

For further details of the project, please visit:

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and
we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or