Conference: Popular Music and Power (Berlin, 24./25. June 2016)

Popular Music and Power. Sonic Materiality between Cultural Studies and Music Analysis

Conference Program:

Friday, June 24

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Musicology and Media Studies, Georgenstraße 47, Medientheater

11:00-11:30 AM Arrival and Greetings

11:30-11:45 AM Jens Gerrit Papenburg (Berlin): Introduction

Panel I – Relational Sonic Materialities beyond Text/Context

Chair: Sebastian Klotz (Berlin)

11:45-2:00 PM

  • Antoine Hennion (Paris): A Pragmatist Approach to Musical Power
  • Jochen Bonz (Innsbruck): Sonic Relations and the Listener. Approaching Sonic Materialities as a Means of Subjective Experience
  • Will Straw (Montreal): Knight’s Moves and Musical Degradation in Recent Electronic Music Practice

Lunch, 2:00-3:00 PM

Panel II – Amplification, Silence, and Powerful Sounds

Chair: Dahlia Borsche (Berlin)

3:00-4:30 PM

  • Kyle Devine (Oslo): Even in the Quietest Moments: Loudness and Power in “Speaker Culture”
  • Jens Gerrit Papenburg (Berlin): Tactile Sound, Volume, and “Para-Auditive” Subjects. Germany, 1925 to 1936

Coffee Break, 4:30-5:00 PM

5:00-5:45 PM

  • Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt (Hildesheim): Tracks’n’treks: De-Linking AfricC. A Soundlecture

Saturday, June 25

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Luisenstraße 56, Festsaal

Panel III – Sound Politics between Sensory Studies and Affect Theory

Chair: Jin Hyun Kim (Berlin)

9:30-11:00 AM

  • Marie Thompson (Lincoln): Power over/Power to: Music, Affect, and Contestations of Social Space
  • Holger Schulze (Kopenhagen): The Nanopolitics of Electric Hum in Popular Music. A Sensological Critique

Coffee break, 11:00-11:30 AM

Panel IV – Sound Histories

Chair: Bodo Mrozek (Berlin)

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

  • Derek B. Scott (Leeds): Silver-Age Operetta: The Power of an Early 20th-Century Transcultural Entertainment Industry
  • Michael Rauhut (Kristiansand): Powers of Interpretations. Images of the US in East German Popular Music Discourses

Lunch, 1:00-2:00 PM

Panel V – Listening Practices between Normalization and Self-Empowerment

Chair: Sebastian Schwesinger (Berlin)

2:00-3:30 PM

  • Marta García Quiñones (Barcelona): Constructing the Distracted Listener: The Problem with Psychological Research into Popular Songs
  • Susanne Binas-Preisendörfer (Oldenburg): Affection in the Medium of Sound

Coffee break, 3:30-4:00 PM

Panel VI – Beyond Text/Context

Chair: Bianca Ludewig (Innsbruck)

4:00-5:30 PM

  • Lena J. Müller (Berlin): Analysing Power Relations in Sound: Auditive Pleasures and Gendered Body Concepts
  • John Shepherd (Ottawa): Beyond Text and Context: the Material Power of Music

5:30 PM

  • Peter Wicke (Berlin): Concluding Remarks

Conference organized by Dr. Jens Gerrit Papenburg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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Jens Gerrit Papenburg (2016, June 20). Conference: Popular Music and Power (Berlin, 24./25. June 2016). PopHistory. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from

Jens Gerrit Papenburg

Jens Gerrit Papenburg is a lecturer and research associate in popular music history and theory at Humboldt University Berlin. He is the sound review editor of the journal "Sound Studies" (Routledge) and co-editor of “Sound as Popular Culture. A Research Companion” (MIT Press 2016). He received his PhD from Humboldt University Berlin for the thesis “Listening Devices: Technologization of Perception through Rock and Pop Music” and finished a postdoctoral research project about a cultural and media history of the “para-auditive” dimension of popular music’s sound.

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