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“Nocturnes: Popular Music and the Night”

Für die geplante Publikation der Herausgeber Giacomo Bottà und Geoff Stahl werden Vorschläge für einzelne Beiträge angenommen, und zwar noch bis zum 01. Dezember.

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“Nocturnes: Popular Music and the Night

Editors: Giacomo Bottà and Geoff Stahl

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang out
After midnight, we’re gonna chug-a-lug and shout
We’re gonna cause talk and suspicion
Give an exhibition
Find out what it is all about

– JJ Cale, “After Midnight”

I go out walkin’ after midnight
Out in the starlight, just hoping you may be
Somewhere a-walkin’ after midnight
Searchin’ for me

– Patsy Cline, “Walking After Midnight”

Consuming and performing popular music is as connected to the night as
sleeping, street cleaning, patrolling, having sex, delivering milk or
baking bread. However, the relationship between the night and popular
music has long served to energise both, such that they are tightly bound
together as trope and topos. This long history of reciprocity has
produced a range of resonant and compelling imaginaries, conjured up
through countless songs and spaces dedicated to life after dark.
Singers, songwriters and DJs have described it as a locus for
inspiration and energy but also a source of mystery, anxiety, nightmares
and terror. Pub, café and club visitors, among many others, have drawn
on the night as an opportunity for liberation and exploration, as well
as an instrument to experiment with alternative identities. By contrast,
policy makers and politicians have often seen the night as an experience
to repress, limit and coerce or to be commodified into something ‘that
never sleeps.’ The problems, promises, and paradoxes of the night and
music play off of one another to produce spaces of solace and sanctuary
as well as underpinning strategies designed to police, surveil and
control movements and bodies of all sorts.

Sounding out silhouettes and shadows, between the midnight choir and the
dawn chorus, the rich connections found between the night and popular
music offer a number of opportunities for scholarly engagement. This
collection aims to provide as wide a sampling as possible of topics
exploring the relationship between night and popular music. We are
soliciting papers that can speak to the night and popular music, and
encourage papers that look at historical as well as contemporary
examples. Proposals may touch or expand upon any of the following areas,
but we also strongly encourage submissions that venture beyond these:

• Night Moves: Policing, policy, politics and urban/suburban spaces
• Dancing in the Dark: Music, performance, and sociality at night
• Round Midnight: Lyrics, songs, and albums after dark
• Night Beat: Soundtracking the cinematic city at night
• Dusk ’til Dawn: Gender and sexuality in silhouetted soundscapes

Abstracts of up to 250 words can be sent to: nocturnesbook@gmail.com
<mailto:nocturnesbook@gmail.com> no later than December 1st, 2016.
Please include a selection of 3-5 keywords, and include a brief bio, of
no more than 150 words.”

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