A melting pot for fans, musicians, scholars, and journalists.
The annual EMP Pop Conference, first held in 2002, mixes together ambitious music writing of every kind, in an attempt to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation.
Save the Date
APRIL 20–23, 2017 AT EMP MUSEUM
Thanks to all who attended and presented! Next year's EMP Pop Conference will be held from April 20–23, 2017, at EMP Museum. The call for proposals for that gathering will be posted here in August.
Pop Conference organizer
University of Alabama
Program Committee Members
Christine Bacareza Balance (University of California, Irvine), María Elena Cepeda (Williams College), Jasen Emmons (EMP Museum), Jack Halberstam (University of Southern California), journalist Jewly Hight, Mark Katz (University of North Carolina),Chris Molanphy (Slate), Charles Mudede (The Stranger), Ann Powers (NPR Music), Zandria Robinson (Rhodes College), Steve Waksman (Smith College)
- 2013 EMP Pop Conference
- 2014 EMP Pop Conference
- 2015 EMP Pop Conference
About the Conference
The conference was held at EMP from 2002–2010, then traveled to UCLA in 2011; NYU in 2012; and simultaneously at USC, NYU, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Tulane University, and EMP in 2013; before returning to EMP as the sole venue in 2014. Three books of conference writing have been published: This Is Pop, Listen Again, and Pop When the World Falls Apart.