Welcome to The International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch

Jay-Z special issue in Black Camera

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

As a supplement to the Fall 2017 Close-Up on Beyoncé, Black Camera invites submissions for a Close-Up devoted to JAY-Z. Recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by President Barack Obama, JAY-Z is one of the most influential rap artists of all time.

With the release of 4:44, JAY-Z has once again shifted the terrain of hip-hop and his own image. Revealed as a philanderer in Beyoncé’s ground-breaking Lemonade, JAY-Z embraces vulnerability and responsibility in his fourteenth album. How does this new perspective elucidate a rapper once renowned for his masculinist lyrics and aggressive posture?

Read the rest of this entry »


The Social and Cultural Study of Music: Then and Now 

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

A Symposium in Honour of John Shepherd

Carleton University, Ottawa, 24–25 Nov. 2017

During the late 1970s and early 80s, an emerging body of literature based in sociology, popular music, feminism, cultural and critical theory began to infiltrate the study of music, challenging the objects and methods of conventional music theory and musicology, on the one hand, and questioning Western classical music as the primary musical text, on the other.  Issues of class, identity, race, gender and sexuality, technology, industry, values and aesthetics came to the fore and popular musics, genres and fandom slowly gained status as legitimate areas of study. Today, these issues continue to inform much writing and theorizing about music but new areas of inquiry – ethnography, music in everyday life, sound studies, music and the moving image, cities and scenes, disability studies, digitalization and others – have added to the increasingly inter-disciplinary character of music as an area of cultural study.

Read the rest of this entry »


2017 IASPM Postgraduate Student Conference

Posted: July 17th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

Dear colleagues,

I’m delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2017 IASPM UK&I Postgraduate Students’ Conference on the theme ‘Negotiating Popular Music’. This two-day conference takes as its starting point the position that encounters with popular music involve a dialogue between varied forces and agencies. It offers an opportunity for research students to come together to interrogate these myriad interactions with popular music as analysts, makers, tastemakers, and so on.

Read the rest of this entry »


‘Imagining Kingston’: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City

Posted: July 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

November 9-12, 2017

The restoration of old, historic, depressed or derelict quarters of cities is a common feature of social, economic, aesthetic and environmental development strategies around the world.

Restoration and regeneration are often used as the basis to catalyse and to chart pathways for economic growth and renewal, to pioneer new sectors of social and economic endeavours, and to cultivate pride and civic feeling in a people’s existential journey. The scholarship and expertise in this area are growing globally and providing governments/policy makers, investors/entrepreneurs, citizens and various publics with knowledge, advice, training/agential capacity, building facilities and skills for urban renewal, regeneration and a multiplicity of possibilities, including imagining and realizing new exciting urban spatial creations alongside the iconising of spaces.

Read the rest of this entry »


Transnational Fields of Production and Consumption

Posted: June 28th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (host committee)
Language: English

According to Meulemen and Savage (2013: 232), Bourdieu’s work on cultural consumption employs a “Franco-centric” model of cultural hierarchy, and most empirical studies of cultural consumption still focus on nationally-based fields (Meulemen and Savage 2013). This emphasis on the national at the expense of the transnational has been repeated in many analyses of cultural production. For example, many previous Bourdieusian analyses of popular music focus on fields at the local and/or national level of analysis and do not focus on the diasporic and/or transnational character of fields.
Read the rest of this entry »