CFP: Get Up and Play: Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.”

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2017
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Music and Music History, Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

Type: Call for Papers

Date: By June 1, 2017

Subject Fields: Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, Sociology, Ethnography, Queer Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Design, Musicology, Sexuality Studies, American History.

CFP: Get Up and Play: Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.”

This is a call for an EDITED Volume on Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music that took place at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, September and October 2016.

This edited volume will present a critical and comprehensive analysis of Taylor Mac’s 24- Decade History of Popular Music. It will include original annotated interviews by the editors and a variety of images along with carefully selected essays from various contributors across fields and disciplines.  We are interested in both the concert series and the 24-Hour Marathon.

Suggested topics may include: Analysis of the various acts from a theoretical/historical perspective (1776-2016), examination of the show’s conventions or dramaturgical components such as media, aesthetic, Machine Dazzle’s costume design, the role of the Dandy Minions, Matt Ray’s musical arrangements or Tigger Ferguson’s boylesque interludes, queer histories as a mode of agency/radicalism, Niegel Smith and Taylor Mac’s collaborative approach to directing, the rehearsal and workshopping process of a 24-hour-long performance, the choreography and immersion of the audience in the production, themes of empathy, vulnerability, or communitas or other original contributions. High quality scans of original illustrations and drawings completed at the concert are also welcomed.

The volume will be co-edited by Sean F. Edgecomb (CUNY), David Román (USC) and Dan Venning (NYU).

Please send a 500-600-word abstract outlining topic and approach, along with a CV to by June 1, 2017. Decisions will be made by August 1, 2017. The anticipated submission date for final essays is November 1, 2017.  

Contact Info: 

Sean F. Edgecomb (CUNY), David Román (USC) and Dan Venning (NYU)