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Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize winner announced

Posted: May 13th, 2015 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

A panel of four judges has now had the opportunity to consider all of the submissions for the inaugural Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize for best postgraduate student essay in popular music research, and a winner has been selected. Congratulations to Ben Assiter who wins an award of £500 and will receive his prize shortly.

Read the award winning essay here.

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2nd International Summer School, Methods of Popular Music Analysis

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Osnabrueck (Germany), 14th-18th September 2015 

The GfPM (German Society for Popular Music Studies) and the University of Osnabrueck are inviting applications for participation in the 2nd  International Summer School “Methods of Popular Music Analysis” at the Institute of Musicology and Music Pedagogy in Osnabrueck, Germany, from Monday 14th to Friday 18th September 2015.

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Music History and Cosmopolitanism

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Fourth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History
June 1–3, 2016 at Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland

Keynote Speakers (see below for abstracts)
Brigid Cohen, New York University, USA
Mark Everist, University of Southampton, GB
Franco Fabbri, University of Turin, IT

Conference Outline

The Third Sibelius Academy Symposium (2014) took as its theme the questioning of methodological nationalism in music historiography: the kind of historiography that, according to Beck and Sznaider, equates society with national society (“Unpacking Cosmopolitanism for the Social Sciences,” 2006: 2). They called, instead, for a methodological cosmopolitanism, an alternative that has gained momentum within musicology, often alongside related concepts: the last two decades have seen increased attention to the conspicuous mobility of works and musicians; to cities as sites of cosmopolitan encounter; and to the transnational and global connections created and exploited by musicians.

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In Praise of Paul Weller…? Reflections on Popular Music Studies

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Symposium, Wednesday 23 March 2016
Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

‘What often passed the post-punk brigade by was Weller’s musical subtlety: the allusions to Motown and Stax, the willingness to experiment. That really came to the fore when he started the Style Council, which disgruntled fans wrote off as soulboys. Nor did they welcome the later house-music direction. But not for nothing has Weller referred to himself as The Changingman – a restlessness and impatience that makes him a much more compelling artist. Nice line in knitwear, too.’ Guardian Leader, Friday 27 August 2010

An enduring fixture of popular music culture for almost 40 years, Paul Weller and his work has been the subject of relatively little academic scrutiny. In attending to Weller’s work, the purpose of this symposium is to consider his longevity, musical path and identity as ways of raising questions about the history, historiography, direction, range and operations of popular music culture and its scholarly study.
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Rhythms of Life: Youth and Popular Culture in a Changing South Africa

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

13-14 November 2015, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town

Rhythms of Life: Youth and Popular Culture in a Changing South Africa is a two day symposium organized by the Human Sciences Research Council, the University of Helsinki’s discipline of Social and Cultural Anthropology, and the University of the Western Cape’s Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research. It is an interdisciplinary symposium that encourages contributions from across the social sciences and humanities.

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