Pop Conference

in collaboration with NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music presents

When I Think of Home: Race and Borders in Popular Music

April 21-24, 2022

Hosted by New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, this year's Pop Conference—celebrating its 20th anniversary — is a free, four-day online event dedicated to all things pop music. Presenters will deliver papers, and conduct roundtable conversations, mentorship sessions, talks and performances on the subject of home and how it intersects with ideas of race and borders.

More about this year's theme: Over the past two years of on-and-off social restrictions, some people have felt 'stuck' at home, and have had to revise their practice of listening to music. Some people have had the renewed opportunity to explore what home sounds like, and what home means—materially, culturally, and in ways that are utterly personal. Home is a place that can, for some, represent security that feels less a given than before; it can be a right that many do not enjoy; it can be a nexus of struggle in a time of gentrification, economic transformation, conflict over indigenous homelands. For some, home is a place it can be necessary to leave; and for others it is one, as Stephanie Mills made clear, it sure would be nice to get back to.

While pursuing a theme for this year’s conference, the Pop Conference programming committee also kept coming back to the relationship of music and race – race as a form of categorization, as a basis of genre supremacies and the erasure of voices, legacies; race as a marker of the exotic or forbidden. The topic of borders and border crossings, too, both national and personal, emerged forcefully in the committee’s pursuit of a theme – borders as establisher and destroyer of categories, hierarchies, constructions of the Other. Both race and borders seem crucial to the discussion of music today and the time feels right to center these topics at the Pop Conference’s twenty-year juncture.

The Conference opens on Thursday April 21st with a special event and a keynote starting at 7 pm ET. The Conference then continues on Friday April 22nd, Saturday April 23rd and Sunday April 24th for exciting slates of all-day events.

The full schedule is now live: you may visit it here.

2022 Pop Conference Programming Committee: RJ Smith (writer), Regina Bradley (Kennesaw State University), Markus K. Dowling (writer), Steacy Easton (writer & artist), Jason King (Chair, New York University’s Clive Davis Institute), Kimberly Mack (Univ. of Toledo), Amanda Marie Martinez (UCLA), Paula Mejía (Texas Monthly), Elizabeth Nelson (writer, The Paranoid Style), Jessica Bissett Perea (UC Davis). This year’s Pop Conference is produced by RJ Smith and Jason King.

Pop Conference is generously supported by Critical Minded, a granting and learning initiative cofounded by The Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Ford Foundation to support cultural critics of color in the United States, where they are underrepresented in the coverage of all artistic disciplines.

Register Here! You will receive your attendance password closer to the date of the opening event or the morning of.

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