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Listening to the Rising Right: Populist Rebels, Fascist Countercultures, and the Global Sounds of Right Wing Music

Posted: May 15th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Listening to the Rising Right: Populist Rebels, Fascist Countercultures, and the Global Sounds of Right Wing Music

Call for Chapter Proposals
Editors: Nadav Appel and Fiorenzo Palermo
To be published by Bloomsbury Academic

The parallel emergence during the 1960s of modern styles of pop, rock and soul music together with new leftist and countercultural movements often leads to the identification of popular music in general, and “protest music” in particular, with political values and aspirations that are broadly associated with the left. However, the 21st century has seen a substantial rise in the commercial success and popular appeal of explicitly right wing music. As populist anthems such as “Try That in a Small Town” and “Rich Men of Richmond” top the US Billboard charts, Russian pop is becoming enamored with the authoritarian figure of Vladimir Putin, xenophobic sentiments are echoed by a diversity of global genres from Indian H-Pop to Serbian turbo-folk, and nationalist rappers are enjoying unprecedented success in such disparate locations as Japan and Israel.

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Metal Animals

Posted: May 13th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Metal Animals

We invite you to contribute with your presentation to the special section on metal music and animals at the scientific conference Non-Human Animals in Philosophy and Culture, which will be held in Cres, Croatia, on September 22–25, 2024. The contributions to this section will be published in the edited scientific monograph Metal and Animals (ed. Bruno Ćurko, Josip Guć & Bojana Radovanović).

Non-Human Animals in Philosophy and Culture

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New short-form music book series

Posted: May 3rd, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on New short-form music book series

This is a Call for Proposals for a new short-form series of peer-reviewed books related to any aspect of music business or its intersections with technology or culture.

As you will see from the blurb below, the series is open to a range of theoretical approaches and foci, but with the overall intention to build a series of research-informed texts that enhance our understanding and knowledge of music business related topics in a global context.

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Sound on Screen III: Music and Sound in Transmedia Franchises

Posted: May 3rd, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Sound on Screen III: Music and Sound in Transmedia Franchises

Wednesday 3rd July 2024
Oxford Brookes University

The Departments of Music and Film at Oxford Brookes University are pleased to invite abstracts to present at a study day centred on “Music and Sound in Transmedia Franchises”. This study day seeks to delve into the intricate relationship between music, sound, and transmedia franchises across diverse media platforms. Co-convened by the collaborative effort of the Sound on Screen research network and Dr Tim Summers and Will Farmer, this study day will offer the opportunity to respond to an initial provocation (see below). As well as hosting formal papers, this study day offers the opportunity to partake in a group critical analysis task and discussion. Delegates who are not presenting are invited to take part in the critical discussion.

We invite abstracts for papers, each limited to 20 minutes, on a variety of subjects pertaining to music, sound, and transmedia franchise, with the provocation in mind. The study day will feature no more than six papers in total. Additionally, poster presentations are welcomed.

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Napster at 25 years

Posted: April 23rd, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Napster at 25 years

This year is the 25th anniversary of the founding of Napster. At the time, the software allowed computer users to access music files online for the first time in an efficient manner. Following its release, record executives swore it would end recorded music; in fact, record labels continue to see profits every year.

However, the impact of Napster was much larger than just downloading music. The technology changed the Internet to facilitate the exchange of files on a large scale. Corporations across media and cultural industries reacted to stifle the burgeoning peer-2-peer software’s development. A cadre of lawyers and lobbyists worked to stop filesharing and change the laws governing the Internet. These changes altered the cultural development of software and trapped us in an era of unending consumption.

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Black British Music: Past, Present and Futures Symposium

Posted: April 22nd, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Black British Music: Past, Present and Futures Symposium

British Library & Black Music Research Unit,  12th July 2024

General Outline

How can the concept of “Black British Music” be reframed or reimagined to better capture the diversity and complexity of Black musical experiences in Britain? What role should national institutions, such as the British Library, play in preserving and promoting Black British Music? And how can collaborations and partnerships between institutions, researchers, artists, and communities be leveraged to advance the understanding, appreciation, and impact of Black British Music?

Black British Music: Past, Present and Futures is an interdisciplinary symposium that reflects on the meaning, histories and legacies of Black British music. The symposium forms part of a broader partnership project between the British Library and the University of Westminster’s Black Music Research Unit (BMRU). Culminating in the first major exhibition on Black British Music, Beyond the Bassline: 500 years of Black British Music, the partnership aims to research and curate national collections relating to Black musical experiences in Britain in a way that engages with broader conversations on British popular culture and Black histories.

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Rhythm under the Microscope

Posted: April 22nd, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Rhythm under the Microscope

An Interdisciplinary Conference on Microrhythm and Groove in Popular Music
25-27 September 2024, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Institute of Popular Music
Organized by Ralf von Appen in Collaboration with David S. Carter (Loyola Marymount University)

Keynotes: Anne Danielsen (RITMO, University of Oslo) and Justin London (Carleton College)

Since Charles Keil (1987) argued that very small variations in timing, which he called “participatory discrepancies,” were crucial for a sensation of groove, microrhythm has been the subject of much scholarship in a variety of disciplines. Researchers have struggled to find convincing empirical evidence for the aesthetic effects proposed by Keil. Today, however, numerous studies show that timbre, center frequency, dynamic envelope, and duration influence the perception of rhythmic “feel” at least as much as timing. Recently, Danielsen et al. (2024, 180) suggested distinguishing between microtiming and microrhythm, using the latter as a broader term that encompasses not just timing but also these additional aspects.

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Voices of Women – Unheard Voices 

Posted: April 18th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Voices of Women – Unheard Voices 

Voices of Women (VOW) Erasmus+ Educational Symposium for researchers, music educators, and graduate music students
October 10-11, 2024
Faculty of Performing Arts at the University of Stavanger, Norway

The Voices of Women project, VOW, an Erasmus+ funded joint project with the University of Groningen, The University of Stavanger, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway, and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, invites paper presentations, performances, lecture recitals from teachers, performers, graduate students, and scholars interested in the theme of unheard voices. We understand voices metaphorically, artistically, and literally to include women or women-identifying genders in a variety of roles whose creative musical ‘voices’ contribute to the authorship of a particular body of work.

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The Taylor Swift Unconference

Posted: April 18th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on The Taylor Swift Unconference

On July 4, 5 and 6, Taylor Swift will perform in Amsterdam, consequent to the Celebrity Studies Conference in Amsterdam (1 – 3 July 2024). The combination of these events offers a unique opportunity to gather, celebrate, and critique the multifaceted persona(e) of an increasingly iconic performer and songwriter. As the inaugural meeting for the European Taylor Swift Research Network, we hope this unconference will generate new insight into the emerging field of ‘Swift Studies.’

This unconference brings together a select group of like-minded scholars to delve into the nuances of Taylor Swift’s artistry, cultural impact, and personal evolution through an interdisciplinary research lens. The format is open, flexible, and therefore dependent on proposals received. We aim to foster a space of inclusivity and interdisciplinarity, blending presentations and break-out discussions in order to share research, encourage idea generation, and to spur new collaborations. At the end of the day, we hope to have established the groundwork for a special issue of IASPM Journal on the star while also considering the future of the research network and potential collaborative efforts.

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Rock, Activism and Liberation (1950-2020)

Posted: April 18th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Rock, Activism and Liberation (1950-2020)

International conference organised by Jean-Christophe Aplincourt, Pascal Dupuy and Joann Élart
Université de Rouen Normandie, GRHis – Le 106
12-14 March 2025

In the collective consciousness, Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) represents the embodiment of a musician fighting social and economic injustices. One of the most renowned singers of the first half of the twentieth-century, Guthrie, in a testament to his conviction of the power of music and lyrics, inscribed on his guitar, “This machine kills fascists.” John Steinbeck even associated him with the spirit of freedom and resistance that animates the American people. The reality, as revealed to us by his biographers, suggests a musician whose progressive ideological commitment needs to be partially tempered. Nevertheless, despite his ambiguities, he represents a singer who, through his words, courageously expressed his convictions against oppression and in favor of freedom of expression. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly for rock fans, he was the artist who inspired Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen in the United States and Joe Strummer (known as Woody during his pre-Clash years) in the United Kingdom, three emblematic figures of the politically engaged musician of the last third of the twentieth century. Similarly, though more discreetly, there have been a number of bands / singer-songwriters who have displayed support for right-wing and/or extremist ideologies. A tradition of political commitment from various ideological perspectives animates rock music and can be traced back to individual charismatic musicians from the past. This tradition is constantly being reified, renewed, and reshaped by new generations of musicians.

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