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2014 Metal and Cultural Impact conference


Last week, wifey and I flew to Ohio to attend the MACI (Metal and Cultural Impact: Metal’s Role in the 21st Century) conference. She presented her thesis work on Women in NY’s Extreme Metal Scene – she’s finishing up her 2nd master’s degree. This one is in cultural anthropology.

We missed the first day’s panels, because our flight out of Newark got cancelled due to inclement weather. It was rescheduled for the next morning, so we arrived on Friday and started attending panels. On Saturday, we had some trouble with our rental car, so we missed a bit too, and then had to leave to fly back to NY – again via Newark.

Here’s the list of events:

The conference was really interesting to attend. I only became aware of the academic study of metal (and extreme metal, in particular) a few years ago via wifey’s directing me to research papers and published materials about death metal, black metal and grind. Prior to that, back in the 90s, I had Lords of Chaos, but that was about it, as far as extreme metal went.

Since then, its grown a bit. I always tell her that academia is turning us into jazz – it was initially reviled, then slowly accepted and now its taught at schools. Punk also had this happen to it, and now, it looks like its heading our way.

While at the panel, we met a lot of people whose books and papers we have read. Wifey’s been communicating with a lot of them via email and on forums as well, so it was exciting for her to be able to meet them in the flesh and be able to network. I’ll post about some of the panels later – right now I have to finish some stuff for work.