Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Martha Bayles is the author of Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad (Yale UP, 2014) and Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music (U of Chicago P, 1994). Her reviews and essays on the arts, media, and cultural policy have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Weekly Standard, and many other publications. She is Associate Professor in the Practice of the Humanities at Boston College.

Klaus Nathaus (b. 1974) studied history, German literature and philosophy in Bochum and Berlin. He wrote a doctoral dissertation on the comparative history of clubs and associations in Britain and Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth century, which was accepted at Humboldt University Berlin in 2008. He worked at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology and the history department at the University of Edinburgh. He is now associate professor in contemporary Western history at the University of Oslo. His research is mainly focussed on the production of popular music in 20th century Germany, Britain and the US.

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