Last week, I flew to Ohio with the wife to attend the MISP (Metal in Strange Places) conference at University of Dayton. It was held in the same space as the 2014 MACI (Metal and Cultural Impact) conference and was coordinated by Bryan Bardine, who put together the previous one. Coming from a library slant, wifey presented on using social media as a resource for research and introduced the concept of the netnography to the group, which is essentially ethnographic research conducted using online resources, especially social media.
During her presentation, she used examples from her thesis work on women in New York’s extreme metal scene to illustrate steps of the research process. She also spoke about, and gave examples from, the Metal Music Librarians group on Facebook, which she created and is geared towards academic metal discussion. It includes CFP’s (call for papers) and other topical metal news, along with library-related information, like creating special collections dedicated to music or ‘zines. The group isn’t solely for librarians, so if you’re interested in joining, feel free!
Unlike last time, we were able to see all of the panels, although we electively missed one on the first day because we were drained from travel and needed to crash at the hotel. It was a fantastic showing, with a great variety of panels and presentations. Some of the speakers were new to us, and others were people we knew from previous conferences – including people who my wife has presented with before – so, it was like coming home.
Also, the final keynote speaker this year was Henkka Seppala, the bassist from Children of Bodom. His talk was called “Playing Metal for a Living and Studying Human Capital: The Music Scene, Scholar System, and their Future in Finland”. Like the others, it was insightful and fascinating. He spoke about the Finnish education system, playing in a band and touring the world while getting a higher education degree and about the Finnish metal scene in general.
I’ll write about the panels in a upcoming posts. For now, here’s the schedule of events:
October 27, 2016 | Categories: Conferences, Uncategorized | Tags: Bryan Bardine, Children of Bodom, Henkka Seppala, Joan Jocson Singh, Metal, Metal in Strange Places, Metal Music Librarians, Metal Music Studies, MISP, Music, University of Dayton | 5 Comments
Metalsucks just posted an article about a paper written by metal scholar Karl Spracklen and published in the Metal Music Studies journal. This particular issue was dedicated to gender, race and class (wifey was going to write a piece for it about ethnicity in metal in the NYC area, but her thesis work made it impossible to finish in time). I haven’t gotten to read the original paper yet, but the Metalsucks article said:
“The basic idea of the study, which was written by Professor Karl Spracklen and published in the journal Metal Music Studies on gender, race and class, is that by focusing on ancient European myths full of Scandinavian warriors who enjoy wenches and mead, folk metal bands create a ‘safe leisure space’ for white European men who in recent decades have been forced to share their power and privilege with women and people of other races.”