First ever academic conference on Kraftwerk to be held at Birmingham’s Aston University

Former band member Wolfgang Flur will be at event, which runs later this month (January 20-21)

The first ever academic conference on German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk will take place in the UK later this month.

The event, which is called Industrielle Volksmusik for the Twenty-First Century: Kraftwerk And The Birth Of Electronic Music In Germany, will run from January 20-21 at Aston University in Birmingham. Tickets are currently available for non-students for £20 and are on sale at the university’s website.

A number of papers written by experts of the band will be presented and discussed at the conference, including essays such as Melanie Schiller’s Fun Fun Fun On The Autobahn: Kraftwerk Challenging Germanness and Uwe Schütte’s We Are the Robots! On The Cultural-Historical Origins Of The Man-Machine.

Former Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flur will also read extracts from his memoir Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot and take part in a Q&A session. According to organisers, the conference will boast a “pronounced interdisciplinary approach” with “many areas to be explored and many established views to be questioned”.

Kraftwerk, along with The Beatles, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammy Awards. The event will take place on January 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in LA.