Yes, it's true, and it's rather glorious. This is the news that Aston University in Birmingham, UK, will indeed be holding the world's first ever conference on Kraftwerk. Yep, Kraftwerk. And it's not any old conference, it's an academic conference.

Impressively titled Industrielle Volksmusik for the Twenty-First Century: Kraftwerk and the Birth of Electronic Music in Germany, the conference runs for two days (20th and 21st January) and will be a chance for clever people from everywhere to make interesting points about the groundbreaking electronic pioneers. Apparently a "pronounced interdisciplinary approach will provide the methodological framework to the conference."

Here is a list of papers, or essays if you like, written by Kraftwerk experts from across the globe – Austria, UK, Finland, Netherlands, US – that will be presented during the conference.

  • Ulrich Adelt, "Moving Up: Kraftwerk and 'Kosmische Musik'"
  • Sean Albiez, "Kraftwerk in the Context of the 20th-Century Avant-Garde"
  • Heinrich Deisl, "Searching for Modernity: Socio-Historical Perspectives on Techno Music and 'Das Deutsche'"
  • Pertti Grönholm, "Nostalgia For The Modern: Re-Imagining the Past Futures in the Concept of Kraftwerk"
  • Alexander Harden, "Kraftwerk and the Issue of Post-Human Authenticity"
  • Stephen Mallinder, "Kraftwerk: Modernity and Movement"
  • Alexei Monroe, "Trans-Slovene Expressions: Kraftwerk on the Sunny Side of the Alps"
  • David Pattie, "Ralf und Florian, Krautrock and Germany"
  • Hillegonda Rietveld, "Europe Endless: Geopolitical Retro-Futurism?"
  • Melanie Schiller, "Fun Fun Fun on the Autobahn: Kraftwerk Challenging Germanness"
  • Uwe Schütte "We Are the Robots! On the Cultural-Historical Origins of the Man-Machine"
  • Johannes Springer, "Kraftwerk and the Cultural Studies of Cycling"
  • Nick Stevenson, "Cabaret Voltaire and Dada Modernity"
  • David Stubbs, "The Archaeological Years: Kraftwerk before Autobahn"

Impressive, eh? And some of those titles are really cool. And to unwind after all the academia there will also be a "Kraftwerk disco" – nice! Oh and also former Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür will be there reading from his memoirs and doing a little Q&A. Anyway, you will be able to register for tickets over at the Aston University website. Student price is £10; non-student price £20.

Let's finish with a line from Kraftwerk's 1986 song 'Techno Pop': "Es wird immer weiter gehen / Music als Träger von Ideen" (It will carry on from here / Music, the carrier of ideas)! In fact, here it is! For listening!