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Documenting Jazz 2020

Posted: June 6th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

‘We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are’, John Berger, (ed.) Ways of Seeing. 1987.

Birmingham City University is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Documenting Jazz conference, to be held on 16–18 January 2020. Now in its second year, Documenting Jazz brings together colleagues from across the academic, archive, library, and museum sectors to explore and discuss documenting jazz. Since its first edition in Dublin 2019, the Documenting Jazz Conference aims to offer an unparalleled variety of experiences drawn from across the world. We hope to include contributions from individuals of all career stages, from established scholars and practitioners to those just starting their careers. We embrace the academic sector and other heritage and cultural organisations in partnership with each other and with communities. Our keynote speakers are drawn from across the academic sector to inspire debate and discussion amongst participants.

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Symposium on Eudaimonia, Music, and Music Education

Posted: June 4th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

May 22nd & 23rd, 2020

John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA

Eudaimonia – often interpreted as “living well,” “pursuing one’s true purpose,” or “human flourishing” – is a perennial philosophical concept in Western scholarship. It frequently goes unarticulated, especially within the practices of music and education.

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Progressive Rock and Metal:  Towards a Contemporary Understanding

Posted: June 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The 4th Biennial International Conference of the Progect Network for the Study of Progressive Rock

Hosted by Lori Burns at the University of Ottawa, May 20-22, 2020 (Ottawa, Canada)

CFP Deadline: September 15, 2019

Progressive Rock and Metal: Towards a Contemporary Understanding aims to explore the past and present contexts of the genres of progressive rock and metal. With its origins in the psychedelic counterculture and freeform rock radio (a format featuring long-playing records) in the late 1960s, progressive rock of the 1970s was characterized by formal complexity, dynamic variety, instrumental experimentation, and the influence of classical and jazz music. While progressive rock flourished in the 1970s with bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Rush, the 1980s and 1990s saw the rise of progressive metal as a major development within the metal scene. Bands such as Dream Theater, Tool, and Meshuggah presented a new style of metal that embraced many of the values of progressive rock (e.g. harmonic, rhythmic, and formal complexity, instrumental virtuosity, and concept-driven albums) and ventured into new and innovative musical territories such as dense chromaticism and polyrhythmic structures.

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Sixth International Performance Studies Conference

Posted: June 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Huddersfield, 2-5 July, 2020.

Proposals are invited for papers, lecture-recitals, research reports and themed sessions for the Sixth International Performance Studies Conference.

The conference will cover a wide range of musics, approaches, methodologies and practices pertaining to Performance Studies. We welcome presentations that reflect this diversity, including early music, contemporary music, music located across oral and literate traditions, acoustic, electronic and multimedia performance, and more.

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Diva: Hip-Hop, Feminism, Fierceness

Posted: May 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The shift from the margins to the mainstream has occurred simultaneously, over the last few decades, for two groups that now jointly exert a central influence over contemporary culture and politics: female r’n’b and hip-hop artists, and feminist thinkers and activists. The coming together of these two groups and sensibilities has redefined contemporary popular music (in all senses of musics of black origin), and wider culture and politics, in the West – from the banlieues to the White House, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo, from Betty Davis to Neneh Cherry, TLC to Aaliyah, Alicia Keys to Iggy Azalea, Beyonce to Ariana Grande, and all points in between.

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