Pop Conference 2015

A melting pot for fans, musicians, scholars, and journalists.

  1. The 2015 Pop Conference, "“Get Ur Freak On: Music, Weirdness, and Transgression," kicked off with keynote panel "Can Pop Really Be Transgressive? Poptimism and Its Discontents" featuring several panelists. 

    Photo courtesy AJ Dent.

  2. American author, music journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus joined the weekend's discussions of pop culture and music scholarship.

    Photo courtesy Nat Seymour.

  3. Local Seattle act TacocaT took part in a showcase of subversive Seattle music performed by some of the region’s most oppositional and talented bands.

    Photo courtesy AJ Dent.

The annual EMP Pop Conference, first held in 2002, mixes together ambitious music writing of every kind, in an attempt to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation.

GET UR FREAK ON: MUSIC, WEIRDNESS, AND TRANSGRESSION

Our thanks to all who attended the 2015 EMP Pop Conference, with its theme of “Get Ur Freak On: Music, Weirdness, and Transgression.” For those who could not be there, want to enjoy presentations that they missed, or  just hope to share favorites with others, we offer some highlights from the gathering on this page.

More to come!
Eric Weisbard, University of Alabama and Pop Conference Organizer

About the Conference

The conference was held at EMP from 2002–2010, then traveled to UCLA in 2011; NYU in 2012; and simultaneously at USC, NYU, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Tulane University, and EMP in 2013; before returning to EMP as the sole venue in 2014. Three books of conference writing have been published: This Is PopListen Again, and Pop When the World Falls Apart.

Date + Location

April 16-19, 2015
EMP Museum; Seattle, WA

2015 Program Committee Members

Will Hermes (Rolling Stone), Jennifer Lena (Columbia University), Emily Lordi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Greil Marcus (The Believer), Rashod Ollison (The Virginian-Pilot), Ann Powers (NPR Music), Shana Redmond (University of Southern California), Julianne Escobedo Shepherd (New York University), and Travis Stimeling (West Virginia University)

Questions?

Please email PopConference@MoPOP.org.

Program Committee Members

Will Hermes (Rolling Stone), Jennifer Lena (Columbia University), Emily Lordi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Greil Marcus (The Believer), Rashod Ollison (The Virginian-Pilot), Ann Powers (NPR Music), Shana Redmond (University of Southern California), Julianne Escobedo Shepherd (New York University), Travis Stimeling (West Virginia University)

PDF Resources

Call for Proposals

Support for the conference is provided by the University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences, on behalf of the Department of American Studies.

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