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Popular Music and Public Diplomacy

Popular Music and Public Diplomacy

6-7 November 2015

Technische Universität Dortmund
Internationales Begegnungszentrum



Friday, 6 November 2015

9:00 Welcome and Introduction:

Mario Dunkel, Walter Grünzweig, and Sina Nitzsche (TU Dortmund)

9:15-10:15 Keynote:
Martha Bayles (Boston College, US):
Dancing in Chains: Why Music Cannot Keep the World Free
Moderation: Randi Gunzenhäuser (TU Dortmund)

10:15-10:45 Coffee


10:45-12:15 Panel I: US Music Diplomacy in Cold War Eastern Europe
Moderation: Gerold Sedlmayr (TU Dortmund)
Zbigniew Lewicki, (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw, Poland):
“The Role of American Music in Subverting Communist Propaganda (1945-1960)”
Maristella Feustle (University of North Texas, US):
“Willis Conover and the ‘Soft Power’ of Jazz in the Cold War”
Rüdiger Ritter (Bremen University, Germany):
„Jazz as Cold War Weapon or as Means of Cultural Transfer? Willis Conover's Jazz Broadcasts and their Reception in the Eastern Bloc“


12:15-13:15 Lunch: Mensa, Vogelpothsweg 85, 44227 Dortmund


13:15-14:45 Panel II: Cold War Music Diplomacy in Italy and East Germany: Recording, Performing, and Selling
Moderation: Sibylle Klemm (TU Dortmund)
Marilisa Merolla (“La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy):
“‘Good Morning, Naples!’ Sounds and Rhythms of American Propaganda in Naples during the Cultural Cold War”
Katharina Weißenbacher (University of Graz, Austria):
“When Jazz Was Crossing the Berlin Wall”
Sven Kube (Florida International University, University Park, US):
“Born in the USA––Made in the GDR: Western Pop Music in East Germany’s Recording Industry”


14:45-15:15 Coffee


15:15-16:45 Panel III: Representation, Participation, and Empowerment

Moderation: Cyprian Piskurek (TU Dortmund)
Alessandro Mazzola (University of Liège, Belgium):

“‘Our Country is a Neighbouring Country’: The Paradoxes of Flemish Music Diplomacy in Federal Belgium”
Kendra Salois (American University, Washington, D.C., US):

“The ‘Next Level’ of Connection: the Ethics and Politics of Empathy in US Hip Hop Diplomacy”
Gesa zur Nieden (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany):

“From Sons of Gastarbeita to Songs of Gastarbeiter: Migrants’ Integration through Music as German Musical Diplomacy from the 1980s to the Present”

16:45-17:15 Coffee and Wine


17:15-18:15 Musicians’ Talk: Theory and Practice of Popular Music and Public Diplomacy
Moderation: Mario Dunkel and Sina Nitzsche (TU Dortmund)
Special Guest: DJ Hans Nieswandt (Folkwang University Essen, Germany)


19:15 Conference Dinner: VIEW im Dortmunder U, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137 Dortmund

Saturday, 7 November 2015


9:00-10:00 Keynote:
Klaus Nathaus (University of Oslo, Norway): “Transatlantic Transfers of Twentieth-Century Popular Music: Actors and Institutions”

Moderation: Martina Pfeiler (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)


10:00-10:30 Coffee


10:30-12:00 Panel IV: Probing the Boundaries of Popular Music: Folk, Flamenco, and Sirtaki
Moderation: Elena Furlanetto (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Carlos Sanz Díaz and José Manuel Morales Tamaral (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain):
“‘National Flamencoism’: Flamenco as an Instrument of Spanish Public Diplomacy in Franco’s Regime (1939-1975)”
Ádám Ignácz (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary):
“A Travelling Inquisition: Soviet Deputies of Popular Music in Stalinist Hungary”
B. Senem Çevik (University of California, Irvine, US):
“Intractable Conflicts, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Music”


12:00-13:00 Lunch: Kostbar, Emil-Figge-Straße 40a, 44227 Dortmund


13:00-14:00 “Musical Diplomacy in a Transnational Context”: Student Poster Presentation


14:00-15:00 Panel V: Diplomats: Politicians and Pop Stars in the 1980s
Moderation: Eric Erbacher (WWU Münster, Germany)
Susanne Scheiblhofer (Independent Scholar, Austria):
“Stagecraft and Statecraft: The Sound of Music in International Diplomacy”
Nicholas Alexander Brown (Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., US):
“Blue-Collar Diplomacy: Billy Joel and Bridging the US-Soviet Divide in 1987”

15:00-15:30 Coffee and Wine


15:30-17:00 Panel VI: Mediated Music Diplomacy at the Brink of the 21st Century: Eurovision, K-Pop, and the Dervish
Moderation: Peter Klose (TU Dortmund)
Dean Vuletic (University of Vienna, Austria):
“Public Diplomacy at the Eurovision Song Contest”
Nevin Şahin (Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey):
“Eurovision and the Dervish: Interplays of Power”
James R Ball III (Texas A&M University, College Station, US):
“Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Politics of Participation”

17:00 Final Discussion


18:00 Dinner: Tandura, Münsterstraße 47, 44145 Dortmund




Mario Dunkel