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Doing Fieldwork in Nightlife Scenes and EDMCs

Posted: February 26th, 2012 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special edition of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
Guest editor, Luis-Manuel Garcia | http://dj.dancecult.net/

This special edition of Dancecult seeks to address the fact that, although many EDM (Electronic Dance Music) projects have a significant ethnographic component, there are few methodological resources available to ethnographers of EDM scenes/cultures.

There is presently a near-total lack of pedagogical materials on nightlife or EDM-specific fieldwork, and even descriptive or critical writing that takes such fieldwork as a central theme is scant and fragmented. While some EDMC ethnographers describe and discuss their own fieldwork approach in the appendices and introductory chapters of their doctoral dissertations (and, less frequently, their monographs), these ruminations rarely come into critical dialogue with other EDMC ethnographers and thus do not actively engage in the development of a body of ethnographic methods in EDMC studies.

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Live Music Exchange: Interesting Times for Local Live Music

Posted: February 15th, 2012 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | 1 Comment »

Venue Bar Meeting Room, Leeds College of Music, Leeds Friday 4th – Saturday 5th May 2012

The focus of the event is the problems of local live music promotion in the current global economic crisis.  Our conference runs in conjunction with the Live @ Leeds festival and the Unconference, therefore there is a particular focus on Leeds and surrounding areas.  NB while a Live at Leeds doesn’t get you into the Live Music Exchange, it does get you in to the Unconference, and vice versa.

The event is a space with which to broaden the debate around live music and bring various groups together, and features speakers and delegates from a wide range of backgrounds, including promoters, musicians, academics, and local music historians.  The event will use a number of different formats, including keynote speeches, ‘in conversations with …’, and panel discussions, as well as more ‘traditional’ academic papers.

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David Sanjek Archive

Posted: February 8th, 2012 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Dear Family & Friends,

A campus-wide memorial service for Professor David Sanjek will be held on Thursday, February 23 from 11 am to 2 pm at the University of Salford in Salford, England.

David passed away on November 29, 2011 in New York while in route to the annual meeting of the Historic Recording Preservation Board at the US Library of Congress, a board on which he had served for the past ten years.

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Challenging Orthodoxies

Posted: February 4th, 2012 | Filed under: IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM 17th Biennial Conference
24-28 June 2013
Universidad de Oviedo
Place: Gijón, Spain

The popular music studies field in all its inter-disciplinarity has been characterised by encounter, dialogue and exchange, and also by tension. Our title ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ takes the triple metaphor of bridge, inferring meetings and communication; trouble, indicating stresses and power struggles; and water, indicating flow and travel, as fertile themes for debate at the 17th Biennial IASPM Conference. We propose five streams (TRACKS) dealing with popular music and history, marginality, copyright, collectivities, and space. Extending across all streams is the topic of technology.

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