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

Bios Index

  • Charles Aaron
  • Patty Ahn
  • Christine Bacareza Balance
  • Kyle Barnett
  • Lia Bascomb
  • Kat Bee
  • Jonathan Bogart
  • Dan Booth
  • Michael Bourdaghs
  • Jeremy Braddock
  • Daphne Brooks
  • Lori L. Brooks
  • Adrienne Brown
  • Jocelyn Brown
  • La Marr Jurelle Bruce
  • Franklin Bruno
  • Chris Campion
  • David Cantwell
  • Jaime Cardenas Jr.
  • Tobias Carroll
  • Dave Chokroun
  • Robert Christgau
  • Joshua Clover
  • Lara Langer Cohen
  • Hillary Crosley Coker
  • J.D. Considine
  • Sofía Córdova
  • Aimee Meredith Cox
  • Ginger Dellenbaugh
  • Carola Dibbell
  • Rob Drew
  • Jack Curtis Dubowsky
  • Shannon Dudley
  • Anthony Easton
  • Jasen Emmons
  • Graham Eng-Wilmot
  • Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  • Chris Estey
  • K. T. Ewing
  • Holly George-Warren
  • Richard Goldstein
  • Melissa “Nubian Sun” Green
  • L. Shane Greene
  • Miles Parks Grier
  • Joe Gross
  • Jack Hamilton
  • Njelle W. Hamilton
  • Keith Harris
  • Anthony Kwame Harrison
  • Will Hermes
  • Jewly Hight
  • Jon Holt
  • Jessica Hopper
  • Charles L. Hughes
  • Buzzy Jackson
  • Michael Jeffries
  • Maura Johnston
  • Ryan Kailath
  • Roshanak Kheshti
  • Jason King
  • Tom Kipp
  • Damon Krukowski
  • Josh Kun
  • Josh Langhoff
  • Summer Kim Lee
  • Jennifer C. Lena
  • Emily J. Lordi
  • Eric Lott
  • Kimberly Mack
  • Erin MacLeod
  • Devon Maloney
  • Greil Marcus
  • Michaelangelo Matos
  • Bonnie McConnell
  • Glenn McDonald
  • Evelyn McDonnell
  • Charles F. McGovern
  • Kembrew McLeod
  • Paula Mejia
  • Karl Hagstrom Miller
  • Chris Molanphy
  • Evie Nagy
  • Mark Anthony Neal
  • Ali Colleen Neff
  • Ben Neill
  • Sean Nelson
  • Tavia Nyong'o
  • Rashod Ollison
  • Phil Oppenheim
  • Josh Ottum
  • Lisa Jane Persky
  • Ethan Philbrick
  • Scott Poulson-Bryant
  • Ann Powers
  • Guthrie P. Ramsey
  • Shana L. Redmond
  • Sonnet Retman
  • David Ritz
  • Zandria Robinson
  • John Rockwell
  • Judith Rodriguez
  • Olga Rodriguez-Ulloa
  • Nico Rosario
  • Jody Rosen
  • Jody Beth Rosen
  • Micah Salkind
  • Mark C. Samples
  • Seth Sanders
  • Jeff Schwartz
  • Barry Shank
  • Charles Sharp
  • Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
  • Kai Small
  • RJ Smith
  • Tom Smucker
  • Alfred Soto
  • Brittany Spanos
  • Gustavus Stadler
  • Katherine St. Asaph
  • Tyina Steptoe
  • David Suisman
  • Niko Taylor
  • Jessica Thompson
  • Judith Tick
  • Salamishah Tillet
  • Karen Tongson
  • John Whittier Treat
  • Jeff Treviño
  • Shawn VanCour
  • Stephanie Vander Wel
  • Stian Vestby
  • Rickey Vincent
  • Elijah Wald
  • Gayle Wald
  • Oliver Wang
  • Melissa A. Weber aka DJ Soul Sister
  • Eric Weisbard
  • Pete Williams
  • RXA Williams
  • Carl Wilson
  • Ivy Wilson
  • Nobuko Yamasaki
  • Andy Zax
  • Nabeel Zuberi

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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