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

Perspectives on Musical Improvisation II

Posted: October 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

9th-12th September 2014
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Following the success of the first Perspectives on Musical Improvisation (PoMI) conference in Oxford in September 2012, a second conference (PoMI II) will take place in Oxford on 9th – 12th September 2014. As with the 2012 event, this conference will address the many faces of improvisation from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. While retaining the same broad and inclusive approach as for PoMI I, the organisers are keen to encourage submissions that will contribute to one or more of the following themes:

Read the rest of this entry »


Launch of Music Research Consortium UK (MRC-UK)

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Leaders of professional organisations promoting research in music will gather at the Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, London on Friday 25 October, 2013 at 5pm, for the official launch of the Music Research Consortium UK (MRC-UK). Invited guests include scholars, industry professionals and policy makers from across the UK.

Read the rest of this entry »


In the Frame? Public and Political Discourses of Migration

Posted: October 21st, 2013 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Public and political discourses on the matter of inward and outward migration are of crucial importance, as they are responsible for framing the issue, and for how, when, and where these issues arrive on the public / political spectrum (Schain 2008, p.465). As a result such discourses have substantial influence over the general public’s attitudes towards migration (McLaren, 2001).

Read the rest of this entry »


A Riot of Our Own: A Symposium on The Clash in Belfast

Posted: October 11th, 2013 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | 2 Comments »

University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, Northern Ireland
June 20-21 2014

In the 1970s, with the Troubles at their height, touring musicians were usually unwilling to play in Northern Ireland. One of the few international acts prepared to break what was in effect the cultural boycott of the region was The Clash. In October 1977, the iconic punk band was scheduled to open the Get Out of Control tour with a concert in the Ulster Hall in Belfast city centre. A few hours before the group was due to take the stage, however, the gig was cancelled for reasons that remain disputed and sparking chaotic scenes that are often recalled as amounting to a ‘riot’. Shortly before Christmas, The Clash made good on their promise to return to Belfast and played a legendary concert in the McMordie Hall at Queen’s University.

Read the rest of this entry »


Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US

Posted: October 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Symposium at the African Studies Association UK’s Biennial Conference
(ASAUK, University of Sussex, 9-11 September 2014)

Hip-hop’s appeal beyond the US has been well documented by recent scholarship and documentaries. Despite the global uptake of hip-hop by a range of musicians, dancers and visual artists, mainstream media tend to focus upon commercial hip-hop from the US almost exclusively.

Read the rest of this entry »