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imagesHIGH NOON SHOWDOWN ON BLACK METAL THEORY

TOPICS IN THE AESTHETICS OF MUSIC AND SOUND

SEMINAR SERIES

Thursday, October 1, 2015

3:15-5 p.m. in U67

Institute for the Study of Culture (IKV) University of Southern Denmark (SDU) Campusvej 55, Odense

Panel discussion (Via Skype):

High Noon Showdown on Black Metal Theory

With …

Karl Spracklen is Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Beckett University, UK. He is the Editor of Metal Music Studies and the Secretary of the International Society for Metal Music Studies. He has extensive research interests relating to leisure spaces and leisure identities, and has contributed to debates regarding leisure theory. He has over seventy publications, including three research monographs, the most recent of which is Whiteness and Leisure (2013), published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Niall Scott is Senior Lecturer in Ethics at the University of Central Lancashire. He is editor of Helvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory and Co-Editor of Metal Music Studies. He is one of the founders and Chair of the Society for Metal Music Studies, and has published over 40 pieces in the fields of metal studies, black metal theory, political philosophy, cultural theory, ethics and bioethics.

Edia Connole is co-author with Nicola Masciandaro of Floating Tomb: Black Metal Theory (Mimesis, 2015), and co-editor with Gary J. Shipley of Serial Killing: A Philosophical Anthology (Schism, 2015). With Scott Wilson, Edia Connole is also the co-founder of MOUTH, an actionist art project in culinary divinomics. mmmouth.wordpress.com

Black Metal Theory

Black Metal Theory

Abstract: In this seminar defenders and critics will debate the epistemic value of black metal theory (BMT). An amorphous “metallectual” movement initiated in 2009 with the symposium Hideous Gnosis, BMT has developed in the form of a distributed and vexed forum for trans-disciplinary intellectual work committed to thinking “with” rather than “about” black metal. For defenders of the discipline, its value lies in its ability to destroy creatively the boundary between black metal and theory—constituting itself in the space of their shared negativity, as stated on its inaugural website: “Not black metal. Not Theory. Not not black metal. Not not theory. Black metal theory. Theoretical blackening of metal. Metallic blackening of theory. Mutual blackening. Nigredo in the intoxological crucible of symposia.” For critics of the discipline, this trans-disciplinary approach is devoid of purpose and meaning, and makes the work of critically exploring black metal more difficult.

 

All are welcome – also via Skype

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PRAXIS & PEDAGOGY

The Praxis and Pedagogy research/seminar group at GradCAM aim to develop an innovative programme of practice and theory that is structured by three related elements. These are the theoretical, the practical and the pedagogical.

Theory articulates models of analysis, interpretation, and conceptualization that express the general conditions of particular objects, relationships or situations. It describes the systems and structures of knowledge, power, symbolic representation and material exchange that operate within a wide range of social, political and cultural fields. Moreover, theory establishes connections between distinct discursive and conceptual fields, allowing for interdisciplinary discussions to emerge around shared ideas and issues.

Practice is the basis from which the possibility of ‘new thinking’ can develop. The notion of ‘praxis’ implies the urgency that theory expands beyond its own history, beyond the perceived understanding of its proper practice, in order to propose new models of critical reflection and change.

To establish ‘praxis’ as the core programme of the group is to prescribe the conditions of openness, uncertainty and risk. Theoretical thinking and new innovative pedagogical models will support the experimental nature of the practice. By aligning our programme with an ethos of experimentation between theory and practice in this way, the group intends to expand not only the range of objects under investigation but also the possibilities of theory itself as practice – as a form of creativity, of creative activity, responsive to developments both internal to its traditional fields, and external in areas of investigation not commonly associated with theory.

Finally, pedagogy insists on the limits of theory: on the structural barriers that condition all acts of predication and interpretation. By linking theory to practice, and practice to pedagogy, the group questions the assumptions and generalizations elaborated by theoretical projects to interrogate what remains undisclosed or unthought in their concepts and practices.

The group is convened by Glenn Loughran, artist, activist, and PhD Scholar at the NCAD and GradCAM. Other members include John Buckley (NCAD/GradCAM), Edia Connole (NCAD/GradCAM), Susan Gill (DIT/GradCAM) and Thomas McGraw-Lewis (DIT/GradCAM).

The group convenes Wednesdays bi-weekly.

For more information on joining the Praxis seminar series, and/or related activities  see http://www.gradcam.ie, or email the group at praxis@gradcam.ie

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