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IASPM UK & Ireland Biennial Conference – Cork, Ireland

Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

University College Cork 12-14 September 2014

University College Cork is delighted to be hosting the 2014 meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, UK & Ireland branch.

The preliminary programme is now available.

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Special Issue of Rock Music Studies: The Velvet Underground

Posted: July 15th, 2014 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Guest-edited by Alex DiBlasi and Steven Hamelman

“[T]he first Velvet Underground record sold 30,000 copies in the first five years…. [T]hat record was such an important record for so many people. I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band!”—Brian Eno, 1982

With the recent passing of Lou Reed and the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of their groundbreaking debut, the Velvet Underground remain one of the most influential recording acts in rock. Each of their four studio albums with Lou Reed at the helm—The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), White Light/White Heat (1968), The Velvet Underground (1969), and Loaded (1970)—inspired entire genres, setting the precedent for alternative, indie, goth, punk, noise, post-punk, and experimental music in the decades to come. This special issue of Rock Music Studies seeks to examine the Velvet Underground’s lasting impact on popular music while also reappraising their own influences, works, and other realms of their career.

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Jazz and Modernity

Posted: July 10th, 2014 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for papers #1 : Jazz and Modernity [full version here]
Coordination: Thomas Horeau, Édouard Hubert, Raphaëlle Tchamitchian

Since its birth, jazz has often been perceived as a musical paradigm for the modern age, a technological and rhythmical age characterized by an unprecedented “acceleration”, considered as a danger by some philosophers. The idea of modernity, which has been progressively legitimized and used within the field of aesthetics, is generally defined as a distance taken from the tradition and/or an orientation toward the future. The argument of modernity and positioning in relation to tradition is at the core of controversies relating to jazz legitimacy, from Berendt and Adorno, Panassié and Vian, to the recent controversy about the nomination of Olivier Benoît as director of the French Orchestre National de Jazz. Then, can and/or must one consider jazz a “modern” music, considering it is often constituted by a tension between rupture and continuity.

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Over and Over: Exploring Repetition in Popular Music

Posted: June 27th, 2014 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »
University of Liege, Belgium, 4–6 June 2015

Over and Over: Exploring repetition in popular music aims at identifying and studying the recent aesthetic and analytical developments of musical repetition. From the 32-bar forms of Tin Pan Alley, through the cyclic forms of modal jazz, to the more recent accumulation of digital layers, beats, and breaks in Electronic Dance Music (EDM), repetition as both an aesthetic disposition or formal musicological property stimulated a diversity of genres and techniques. After decades of riffs, loops, vamps, reiterated rhythmic patterns, as well as pervasive harmonic formulae and recurring structural units in standardized song forms, the time has come to give these notions the place they deserve in the study of popular music.

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Hip Hop Studies: Global and Local

Posted: June 19th, 2014 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Saturday, 13 September 2014
University of Helsinki, Finland


The Finnish Youth Research Society and the University of Helsinki’s discipline of Social
and Cultural Anthropology are pleased to announce an international and
interdisciplinary symposium showcasing contemporary studies of hip hop from
established and emerging scholars from Finland and around the world.

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Five student bursaries on offer for ‘Worlds of Popular Music’ conference

Posted: June 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

IASPM UK & Ireland are pleased to announce an additional five student bursaries to cover registration costs at the forthcoming ‘Worlds of Popular Music’ conference in University College Cork, Ireland (September 12-14th 2014). These bursaries are valued at €80 each, to cover early registration costs.

To apply, please fill out the application form and send it to iaspmuk@g[email protected] by June 23rd. Successful applicants will be notified by June 30th 2014.