Five years have passed since the inception of the ISMMS (International Society for Metal Music Studies), an international association that has been triggering a new dynamic of collective research on hard rock, heavy metal and metal within the humanities and social sciences. It was officially launched during the first conference on “Heavy Metal and Popular Culture” at Bowling Green State University (Ohio, USA) in April 2013. This founding event which was followed in 2015 by the “Modern Heavy Metal: markets, practices and cultures” at the Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki (Finland) and in 2017 by the “Boundaries and Ties: the Place of Music Communities” conference at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada).
Within that time span, academic research and events dedicated to metal studies (books, scholarly journal issues, conferences, and workshops) have multiplied all around the globe – a process confirmed by the creation in 2013 of Metal Music Studies (Intellect Books), an interdisciplinary research journal.
Following the United States, Finland and Canada, France will thus be hosting the 2019 edition of this reference metal studies conference. After years of prosperous research and study, and six years after the birth of the ISMMS, the time has come to review knowledge on metal music and culture.