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International scholars and
students came together for a 4-day conference at Bowling Green State
University, which began Thursday.
The conference is unusual,
though, due to its topic: heavy metal music.
Organizers say they're
hoping to break some of the negative stereotypes associated with the music, and
to expose participants to other aspects of the genre.
Scholars of heavy metal
music are in Bowling Green to take part in lectures, discussions, and live
performances throughout the weekend.
The conference was in
planning stages for three years, and it's a response to the increasing interest
in heavy metal as a serious field of academic study.
"I think heavy metal
music, like some other musical styles throughout our history of popular music,
has been labeled in a negative way," said Dr. Matthew Donahue, an organizer of
the conference. "That is only just a stereotype."
The conference continues
until Sunday, April 7, and will feature topics like gender roles in heavy
metal, racial politics of heavy metal, and even the genre's role in comic
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