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1st International Music Livelihoods Symposium

Posted: October 11th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and/of the Creative Arts Research Institute will be holding the 1st International Music Livelihoods Symposium (online), December 6&7, 2021. Keynote speakers include Dr Nicole Canham (Monash University) author of recently-released Preparing Musicians for Precarious Work (Routledge).

The core theme of the symposium is “Educating for the Sustainable Musician in Post-Normal Times.” Postnormal times (PNT) is a concept developed by Ziauddin Sardar as a development of post-normal science. Sardar and Sweeney (2016; 2020) describe the present as “postnormal times”, “an in-between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have yet to be born, and very few things seem to make sense” (n.p). The term “music livelihoods” further acknowledges the complex lives of musicians involving their changing musical identities, diverse career journeys, and an external environment impacting their values and opportunities.

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Call for Proposals: Riffs Vol 6 Issue 1 (July 2022)

Posted: October 7th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Guest Editor: Jenny Ann Cubin
a posthumous collaboration
with jacques derrida

the ear is uncanny
(large or small)
it is the most open organ.
i tell my life to my self
(i recite and recount)
but become what i am
through the ear i borrow
(through the ear you lend).
we proceed
seeking out the edges
(the inner walls, the passages).
these labyrinths come down
to the ear you hear me with
(to the ear I hear you with).
we recite and recount
and become what we are.

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Popular Music, Populism and Nationalism in Contemporary Europe

Posted: October 5th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Oldenburg (Germany), 07–09 April 2022

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Mario Dunkel, Reinhard Kopanski, Simon Wehber (University of Oldenburg; Faculty III; Department of Music).

Deadline for submitting proposals: 15th November 2021

It is undisputed that the recent rise of populist-nationalist and far-right parties poses a challenge to democracies, not exclusively, but also in the European Union. However, “populism’s toxic embrace of nationalism,” as Lawrence Rosenthal calls it, is more than a party-political or economic phenomenon. It also has a cultural dimension, which remains largely unexplored. Regarding music as a ubiquitous cultural practice, this conference addresses this cultural dimension from three music-oriented perspectives:

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IASPM Early Career Researcher Conference, October 21st 2021

Posted: September 24th, 2021 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Registration is now open for the IASPM Early Career Researcher Conference, which aims to bring together scholars with new and exciting ideas to discuss and share their work at the vanguard of popular music studies. These emerging scholars address a number of current concerns in popular music, from online composition to posthumous fame and musical ecologies of grief. The conference will be streamed live on October 21st 2021, from 4:30pm-8:30pm GMT.

It will feature the work of six scholars across two panels. This is then followed by the IASPM UK and EIRE contribution to the IASPM Global Lecture series, presented by Hammad Rashid.

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Handbook of Popular Music Methodologies

Posted: September 23rd, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

We are seeking expressions of interest from scholars whose research is focused on popular music to contribute towards a handbook that surveys the diversity of approaches in its study. Drawing upon up-to-date and newly emerging writing, this handbook aims to offer an authoritative overview and critique of popular music methodologies, with topics including (but not restricted to):

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