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New Directions in Jazz Studies – One-Day Symposium

Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Friday 5th June 2015 – Senate House, University of London

Jazz Studies within the UK is continuing to thrive as a research field, with a number of graduate, post-doctoral, and early career researchers adding to an already wide array of researchers in multiple disciplines.

This one-day symposium aims to foster a network of postgraduates and ECRs working within the broad area of jazz studies in the UK. Participants will critically reflect on existing research methodologies, and explore future directions for the academic study of jazz. With this aim in mind, we invite papers of no more than 20 minutes, allowing time for questions and extended discussion.

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Musimorphoses: On the future of music listening in the digital era

Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

International symposium, 11-12-13 November 2015, Paris, Telecom Paris Tech

With the spread of digital technology, all cultural practice is subject to reconfiguration. On the one hand, audiences can access a significantly higher amount of goods. On the other, the cost-free model and piracy practices have altered people’s willingness to pay. Likewise, the dematerialisation of contents tends to turn the data culture into a service culture. Finally, the abundant nature of repertoires provided to audiences triggered the need for new modes of recommendation mainly reflected by the growing significance of algorithms.

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Hip Hop Studies: North and South

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Helsinki, Finland, 19-20 November 2015.

The keynote speaker will be Murray Forman (Northeastern University, USA).

As hip hop scholarship continues to develop its analysis of increasingly diverse and dynamic cultural forms, this conference will celebrate and critically examine hip hop in its geographic, cultural, ideological, and musical multiplicities. Embracing a consciously global focus which will allow for in-depth and comparative analyses of hip hop’s many contrary currents, this conference will highlight new research on hip hop by scholars in the Nordic countries, and seek to build dialogue with scholars from the rest of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. This conference will also engage local hip hop artists, journalists, and youth workers in dialogue with university-based hip hop scholars.

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Research in Popular Music Education

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

A One-Day Symposium

Thursday 23rd July 2015, University of Huddersfield

In association with

Association for Popular Music Education
International Association of the Study of Popular Music (UK & Ireland)
Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

The University of Huddersfield hosts this special one-day symposium to focus and reflect on the gathering momentum of research in popular music education. While music education and popular music each have well-established traditions of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research, the field of scholarly study in popular music education is less well developed. Amidst a surge of publications and burgeoning worldwide interest in this emerging field, we invite colleagues to contribute to the discussion by joining us for this event. Following the vibrant HEA/IASPM conference held at University of Edinburgh in 2014 that explored popular music pedagogy, we welcome submission of submit abstracts of 200-300 words on topics including, but not limited to:

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Jazz Utopia, Rhythm Changes 2016

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The fourth Rhythm Changes conference, Jazz Utopia, will take place at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom from 14 to 17 April 2016.

Keynote speakers

Professor Ingrid Monson (Harvard University)
Professor Raymond MacDonald (University of Edinburgh)

We invite paper submissions for Jazz Utopia, a four-day multi-disciplinary conference that brings together leading researchers across the arts and humanities. The event will feature academic papers, panels and poster sessions alongside an exciting programme of concerts delivered in partnership with the Birmingham Conservatoire and Jazzlines.

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Ann Arbor Symposium IV: Teaching and Learning Popular Music

Posted: March 12th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

November 18-21, 2015
School of Music, Theatre & Dance

In the tradition of the Ann Arbor Symposia of 1978, 1979, and 1981, Symposium IV provides a forum for interdisciplinary discourse. The Symposium IV topic is the teaching and learning of popular music in elementary, secondary, and tertiary education. We welcome contributions from musicological, theoretical, and pedagogical perspectives. The primary goal is to examine how popular music and culture influences the ways we perform, create, analyze, listen to, and think about music in teaching and learning contexts, especially embracing intersections between the disciplines. Submissions are invited for spoken papers, poster presentations, and collaborative sessions on a special topic.

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Working in Music: The Musicians’ Union, musical labour and musical employment

Posted: March 10th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Mitchell Library, Glasgow, 14 and 15 January 2016.

This conference marks the conclusion of The Musicians Union: A Social History a four year research project which is based at the University of Glasgow (www.muhistory.com) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Popular Music, Stars and Stardom

Posted: March 5th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM ANZ Branch Conference 2015
School of Music, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, December 4th – 6th 2015

‘Stars’ manifest in popular music literally, conceptually and metaphorically through song lyrics, artist ‘stage names’ and in discourses of economic and/ or mainstream success (Hamlen Jnr., 1991; Holmes, 2004). Stars can be conceptualised as ‘mythic constructs’ (Shuker, 2005) ‘other worldly’ (McLeod, 2003) or associated with fantasy and escapism. As performers, ‘stars’ have been considered as ‘manufactured’ (Franck and Nüesch, 2007) and/ or ‘authentic’ (Zuberi, 2001); as groups of individual artists, such as ‘Superstar DJs’ (Phillips, 2009), or the individual persona, such as ‘Ziggy Stardust’ (Grant, 2000). In recent years, popular music stardom is closely associated to reality television (Frith, 2007), a site of tension between influences of traditional auteur and public ‘star maker’ roles. The portrayal of popular music ‘stars’ on film varies between those in the foreground (Rock Star, 2001), in the background (20 Feet from Stardom, 2013) and those in supporting or ‘behind the scenes’ roles (Muscle Shoals, 2013).

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Popular Music Futures

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

10th and 11th of September 2015, Cardiff University School of Music

The 2015 IASPM UK and Ireland postgraduate conference, to be held at Cardiff University, invites papers exploring Popular Music futures. As technology and the music industries develop, academia is being drawn to examine and predict how Popular Music will develop as an art form and an economic resource. This conference seeks to be an open forum for new and innovative approaches to all aspects of Popular Music Studies as well as invite the opportunity for the next generation of academics to present to peers.

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The 10th Art of Record Production Conference: Cultural Intersections

Posted: March 1st, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

November 6-8, 2015, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Deadline Extended to April 12th 2015: midnight GMT +6

Confirmed Speakers include: Joe Tarsia of Sigma Sound Studios, ‘Philly Sound’ songwriter Kenny Gamble and Professor Trevor Pinch of Cornell University

Our conference committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers dealing with the following broad thematic areas:

A    Agency: Content Creators in Record Production

This stream aims to explore the creative agency within record production. Who or what is in charge (officially or tacitly)? Is sound recording inherently collaborative? What are the correlations or disunions associated with the creative process? Who are the future agents in record production? What agency does/will the consumer hold? What is DIY in sound production and how has it changed over time? How does DIY and technology intersect? How will iOS music makers alter the future of music production? How does media representation influence record production and vise versa?

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