ISMMS 2023

June 6–9 2023, Concordia University, Montreal /Tiohtià:ke, Canada

The 6th meeting of the International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) will be held at Concordia University (Montreal) from June 6-9, 2023 and will explore the theme of “No Outsides: Metal in an Era of Contagion.”

Six decades from its counter-cultural inception, what remains of metal’s relation to the outside forces of extremity, abolition and transformation? The 2023 ISMMS conference, which will be hosted by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, students and artists, will explore this question through a series of talks, artistic interventions, panels and workshops. Oriented toward the question of metal study’s relationship to the outside in an era of contagion, this conference will explore questions related to themes of urgency and emergency, extremity and enclosure, contagion and containment, plurality and polarization, queerness and ecological outsides, and futurity and fatality.

Public events at the DeSeve Cinema

Public events at the 4th Space

Schedule & Abstracts 

A full conference schedule is now available here, along with the abstracts for the paper sessions:

Featured Events

You can find information on our free featured events here: .

These events take place at the DeSeve Cinema and 4th Space in the library building at Concordia University.  For more information on the location, see the locations page:

Please note, these public events are in English.



Code of Conduct

The International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) No Outsides conference organizing team is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for everyone, inclusive of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants or organizers in any form. The ISMMS No Outsides organizing team takes violations of our code of conduct seriously and will respond appropriately.

Read the full code of conduct here.

Graduate Summer Institute

“No Outsides: Underground Arts as a Catalyst for Pluralism in an Era of Polarization”

Concordia University’s Department of Art Education, in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP), is pleased to announce a unique 3-credit graduate summer institute running June 1 – 14, 2023.

Find more information here:

Montreal information / conference location

Information on the conference location is available here:

You’ll also find information on travel within Montreal, accommodation, restaurants, things to do, and COVID-19.

Organizing Committee

Vivek Venkatesh
Jessie Beier
Maya Detière-Venkatesh
Kathryn Urbaniak
Safia Boufalaas
Owen Chapman
Jose Cortes
Brad Nelson
Jason Wallin
ISMMS Conference liaison: Nelson Varas-Díaz

Call for proposals

Read the full Call for Proposal here: