Bass Culture Research Conference Saturday May 26th 2018

From Bass Culture Research:

Our first conference, organised by Mykaell Riley of the Black Music Research Unit, University of Westminster and Les Back of Goldsmith’s, University of London will take place at Goldsmith’s, Saturday May 26th 2018.

The University of Westminster’s Bass Culture Research is a 3 year AHRC funded exploration of the impact of Jamaican and Jamaican influenced music on Britain, from the post war period to today, from The Clash to Skepta. We are calling for abstracts of no longer than 300 words that explore this impact in light of but not limited to our research questions below.

Our aim is to produce a clear understanding of the impact and legacy of Jamaican music on the political, social, musical and cultural landscape of Britain. To achieve this we have three core research questions, each framing a set of subsidiary questions:

RQ1: What role did Jamaican migrants and their descendants play in the emergence of a vibrant cultural and creative ecosystem based around Black British music? How did reggae impact on the sound of British pop? What was the ecosystem supporting sound system culture, and how has the legacy of this culture impacted on the British music scene?

RQ2: How did reggae music impact youth culture in Britain: vocabulary, behaviour, dress and dance? What contribution did it make to cultures of political resistance, solidarity, and ethnic identity? What role did Jamaican and British Jamaican music play in the transition from monoculture to multiculture in Britain, particularly during the period 1976–1981?

RQ3: How can primary memories and artefacts of Jamaican music in London be traced, preserved, and handed down to future generations? Who are the key contributors to the legacy of Jamaican music in Britain?

Submissions guidance and deadlines:
Submissions to be emailed to with Bass Culture Research Conference in the title by no later than 5th February 2018 and as a single pdf file.

• Informal queries to either or
• Abstracts will go through an internal peer review process and will be selected for 15 minutes oral presentations – a February date for these tbc.
• Notification of acceptance will be emailed to authors by 23rd February. Successful submissions will be presented during the Conference and the abstracts will be published as part of the publicity for the event.

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