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It is common to hear metal fans and musicians talk about the “metal community”. This concept, which is widely used when referencing metal music, encompasses multiple levels of complexity that are seldom addressed in academic endeavors. When examined in detail, it raises more questions than answers.

A group of academic researchers on Heavy Metal music will meet to discuss these issues. Presentations from scholars from Europe, Latin America and the United States will take place on March 5, 2014 at the University of Puerto Rico.  These include:

Keith Kahn-Harris (University of London, UK)

Niall William Richard Scott (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

Deena Weinstein (DePaul University, USA)

Karl Spracklen (Leeds Metropolitan University,UK)

Jeremy Wayne Wallach (Bowling Green State University, USA)

Amber Clifford-Napoleone (University of Central Missouri, USA)

Brian A. Hickam (Benedictine University, USA)

Cláudia Souza Nunes de Azevedo (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, BR)

Nelson Varas Díaz (University of Puerto Rico, PR)

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