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IASPM UK & Ireland Biennial Conference – Brighton, UK

Posted: April 25th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | 1 Comment »

The Clarendon Centre, Brighton
8-10 September 2016

The University of Sussex and the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (Brighton) are hosting the 2016 conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, UK & Ireland branch. The theme of the conference is ‘Popular Music: Creativity, Practice and Praxis’.

Keynote: Professor Chris Rojek City University London

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Perspectives on Music Production – Producing Music

Posted: July 28th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for chapters

Deadline for proposals: 3rd October 2016

During the last two decades the field of music production has attracted considerable interest from the academic community, more recently becoming established as an important and flourishing research discipline in its own right. In addition, the academic study of music production within educational institutions has become the norm alongside training in the technical aspects of the practice. Our intention for the proposed second volume of the Routledge Perspectives on Music Production series is both to strengthen and broaden the range of the discipline as it currently stands. In particular we will welcome proposals for chapters in the following areas: Read the rest of this entry »


[email protected]: Practice-Led and Practice-Based Popular Music Studies

Posted: July 27th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Popular music studies is routinely presented in the form of visual media, as writing and notation, despite music being fundamentally aural and oral. Art music, by contrast, presents new musical creations as research, using sound to explore new research ideas. However, few opportunities arise for popular music scholars similarly to present recordings as research. This special issue invites researchers, composers, performers and producers to present research in the form of audio recordings. It may be that the research output in this case is the sound artifact submitted (practice-based research), or that the research is focused in the main on the recording (practice-led research). Submissions are therefore expected to be in the form of oral/aural culture as well as related to oral/aural cultures.

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Popular Music and Society: Special Issue on Beyoncé

Posted: July 18th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Guest-edited by Marquita Smith, Kristin McGee, and Christina Baade 

Submissions are invited for a special issue of Popular Music and Society on the musical and cultural impact of Beyoncé.

The 2016 launch of Lemonade and the Formation World Tour–along with Beyoncé’s numerous other mass-mediated performances, musical releases, and actions–inspire not only informal evaluations of her music and public persona, but also scholarly, in-depth investigations of the values, aesthetics, and cultural significance of her work.  Moreover, Beyoncé has played a profound role in intervening in and catalyzing debates about feminism, social justice movements, Black culture, and sexuality within the public sphere.  Because of the extreme versatility and dynamic range of her artistic oeuvre and the ideologies reflected by her public engagements and social initiatives, we seek to compile an issue that correspondingly highlights this complexity.  Articles may therefore introduce a range of topics and perspectives.  These may include innovative creation of visual albums; the incorporation of images of Black culture and Black history into Beyoncé’s creative work; her adroit exploitation of social and commercial media to promote her public and artistic persona; and her nonmusical but socially engaged activities in connection with various causes, especially connected to Black/Southern communities of the United States.  We also seek to investigate the diverse meanings and pleasures that Beyoncé’s work holds for her fans, who represent a range of cultural backgrounds; racial, sexual, and gender identities; and generations.  We seek to better understand Beyoncé’s role as a multifaceted cultural symbol from her status as a local, teenaged breakout star from Houston, Texas; to a national Black cultural icon; to a consummate music industry performer, singer, producer, and dancer; and to a global celebrity and pop star.  Therefore, we invite articles that explore Beyoncé’s significance to these fan communities in relation to her diverse body of work and modes of identification.

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The Punk Scene in France (1976–2016): 40 Years of History

Posted: July 16th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

International and interdisciplinary conference
Philharmonie de Paris, 25 and 26 November 2016

Organized by CESR (U. François Rabelais/CNRS/ MCC) and THALIM (CNRS/ENS/U. Paris 3). In association with the Punk Scholars Network.

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New Zealand Musicological Society Annual Conference

Posted: July 13th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

19-20 November 2016
University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music
Hamilton, New Zealand

Contemporary and Future Paths in Music Performance, Composition and Analysis

In implicit dialogue with the ‘search for tradition’ of New Zealand Musicological Society’s annual conference in 2015, this year we invite participants to consider musical and cultural paths of the present and future, in both New Zealand and international contexts. While there remains interest in considering how the past may be used to shape the future, we particularly welcome submissions that address, directly and indirectly, the following themes:

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