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Migration and subsequent transformation/evolution of music genres and associated subcultures in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Posted: April 19th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for chapters for an edited book

As music genres and associated subcultures travel transnationally, they tend to change to adapt to new audiences’ needs and circumstances. This proposed edited volume examines how different music genres and related subcultures have evolved as they traverse national and geographical borders and intends to unearth the dynamic nature of music and the communities it inspires.

As an example, contributors might want to look at the relationship between free jazz in the US and Europe in the 1960s/70s, at the transmission of reggae from Jamaica to Britain, at the transglobal appeal of hip or hop, or the adoption of skinhead culture in the far east. Attention might turn to punk’s transferal to Eastern Europe or China, or examples of folk music migrating across continents, or western adaptation of music from the far east.

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Dream Factories: Prince, Sign O’ The Times, Box Sets & Cultural Artefacts

Posted: April 19th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special Issue: Dream Factories: Prince, Sign O’ The Times, Box Sets & Cultural Artefacts

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 28 May 2021.

Deadline for final submission: Friday 8 October, 2021.

The guest editors – Dr Kirsty Fairclough (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Prof. Mike Alleyne (Middle Tennessee State University) – are seeking abstracts for papers that examine the expansive super deluxe Sign O’ The Times 2020 box set. The essays will explore its multiple levels of musical and cultural significance, while critiquing the value of its presence as a commercial artefact and a signifier of Prince’s creative legacy in the context of previous posthumous deluxe edition reissues.

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Sound Systems at the Crossroads

Posted: April 19th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Sound System Outernational #7 online, in association with Sonic Street Technologies ERC research project.
12-16 July 2021, 4pm to 6pm UK time (BST)

SSO #7 Call for Participation:

Send a proposal of not more than 300 words by 3 May to [email protected], accompanied by a short bio (100 words).

Sound systems are currently at a crossroads despite the unprecedented explosion of the form during the last decades. Sound system culture has gained increasing attention from cultural organisations, the music industry and researchers. But the pandemic has been accelerating trends in both positive and negative directions.

In a positive direction online formats have been encouraging a new inventiveness and creativity in formats and content. A whole new range of opportunities are in the process of opening up for both practitioners and audiences and SSO #7 is part of this process.
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Staging popular music: sustainable music ecologies for artists, industries and cities

Posted: April 1st, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

12th International Music Business Research Days
Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 3-4-5 November 2021


This conference focuses on the intersection between key transformations in the popular music industries. Music represents and generates value on various levels from the individual to the global, and in many different spheres from the cultural and social to the economic and political. Popular music is staged through multiple platforms, actors, businesses, intermediaries and policies. The current COVID-19-crisis both challenges the music industries and acts as a catalyst of new digital innovations. This is a vital moment to (re)consider the future directions of the music industries. While the music industries are characterized by continuous change and transformation, significant disruptions have always impacted its resilience. Such disruptions can be external shocks, including the current crisis, new technologies, political change or aesthetic-cultural innovations. From an ecological perspective, all transformations force the industry to reshape and rethink itself. This will likely result in both positive as negative consequences. We need to critically reflect on what the immediate and long-term future of music ecologies entails, who benefits and who suffers from such disruptions.

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Transnational Perspectives on Music, Sound and (War) Propaganda (1914–1945)

Posted: March 24th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

21–23 October 2021 (Virtual conference)

Convened by Diego Alonso (Humboldt University, Berlin), Christian Koller (Swiss Social Archives and University of Zurich) and Steffen Just (University of Potsdam)

Keynote speakers:

Anne C. Shreffler (Harvard University) Jens Gerrit Papenburg (University of Bonn)

The three decades between the beginning of World War I and the end of World War II are pivotal in the history of sound propaganda from both the political and the technological perspective. Those years saw the emergence of international fascism, communism and totalitarian states, strong nationalist currents as well as the institutionalisation of propaganda in the Americas, Europe and elsewhere. The period also witnessed the development of electric transmission media for acoustic and optical data in the form of radio, sound cinema, public address systems and television. Music and sound took on a fundamental role in the processes of political persuasion and psychological warfare as well as nationalism during this period.

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