Monthly Archives: April 2014

PCA Conference 2014

On April 16th-19th, 2014 the National Conference of the Popular Culture Association was held in Chicago. Andreas L. Fuchs gave a paper with the title “The Songs I am Dancing: Song, Dance and Identity in Ashkenazi Jewish Culture of 19th Century Europe”. He discussed the oral tradition of Jewish wedding songs, the crucial question of “What (exactly) is Jewish music?”, and ended with the custom of wedding dances as means for cultural identity formation, exemplified by the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.