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Music, Pedagogy and Community

Posted: October 29th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

A symposium at University of South Wales, hosted by the Creative Industries Research Institute
Saturday, 5th of March 2016, the ATRiuM, 86-88 Adam Street, Cardiff

Keynote speaker: Professor Raymond MacDonald (University of Edinburgh)

The University of South Wales and the Creative Industries Research Institute will host a symposium on 5th of March on music, pedagogy and community. The symposium will explore ideas of how musical participatory practices can build a sense of community, and how pedagogical practices, formal but also and possibly more importantly informal, are a part of the process of social continuity in certain societies, cultures or sub-cultures.

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Music, Political Activism and the State

Posted: October 26th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Wednesday 13 April 2016
University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ
One-day conference sponsored by the IMR and the University of Southampton
Keynote Speaker: Professor John Street (UEA)

In this one-day conference we seek to cultivate a dialogue concerning the intersections between music, political activism and the State, both among scholars from a range of disciplines and practitioners seeking to use music to contribute to social change. Whilst the importance of musical performance to political activism has long been reflected within the scholarly literature, more remains to be said about the ways that practices of protest or activist musicianship emerge in relation to the State, as an entity with a monopoly on the legitimate use of force, as a set of bureaucratic institutions (often with conflicting interests), and as a concept which individuals construct in everyday and official discourse. Particularly deserving of further attention are the ways that States – as legal institution and socially negotiated concept – may condition and create possibilities for creative musical practice.

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Perspectives on Popular Music and Sound Recording – I@J 6/2 (2016)

Posted: October 22nd, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special Issue Editors:

Dr. Samantha Bennett (Australian National University, Australia)
Dr. Eve Klein (University of Queensland, Australia)

Call for articles, to be published in 2016, highlighting a range of philosophies, mythologies, ideologies, and discourses that address the study of popular music in relation to sound recording.

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Royal Music Association Annual Conference 2016

Posted: October 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
3rd– 5th September 2016


The Guildhall School will host the Royal Music Association Annual Conference 2016 on 3rd– 5th September 2016. The conference programme will consist of panels, workshops and research presentations, including the Edward Dent medal award lecture and the Peter Le Huray lecture, as well as networking opportunities.

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AHRC funding for UK/EU Arts and Humanities Doctoral Research Students

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

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities. A collaboration between Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, Leicester, Nottingham University, Nottingham Trent University, and the University of Birmingham, the partnership provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

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Special Issue of Rock Music Studies – Chuck Berry

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

Chuck Berry
Guest-edited by Tom McCourt – Fordham University

“Chuck Berry is the greatest of the rock and rollers . . . his songs are still claimed as encores by everyone from folkies to heavy-metal kids. But Chuck Berry isn’t merely the greatest of the rock and rollers, or rather, there’s nothing mere about it. Say rather that unless we can somehow recycle the concept of the great artist so that it supports Chuck Berry as well as it does Marcel Proust, we might as well trash it altogether.” – Robert Christgau, The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll.

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PUNK NOW! Registration now open!

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

The 2nd Punk Scholars Network Annual Conference and Post-Graduate Symposium
29th-30th October 2015
Free registration via https://punk-now-2015.eventbrite.co.uk

Registration closes at 1700 on Wednesday 28 October 2015

Presented by Punk Scholars Network in conjunction with  Birmingham City University, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, London College of Communication.

Thursday 29 October (0900-1730) and Friday 30 October (0900-1700)

The Shell
Birmingham City University
Parkside Building
Cardigan Street
B4 7BD

Map and directions

5 minutes walk from Moor Street Station, 10 minutes walk from New Street Station, 15 minutes walk from Snow Hill Station. Parking and accommodation are available nearby.

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Pet Shop Boys: Symposium

Posted: October 9th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | 5 Comments »

24/25 March 2016, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

To mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their debut album Please, the University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce that it will host a two-day symposium on the history and work of the Pet Shop Boys. Despite their prolific contributions to popular culture over the last thirty years – including music, theatre, cinema, books, and film soundtracks – very little scholarly work has been produced on the band. This symposium aims to begin to rectify this omission: the organisers hope to produce an edited collection of essays based on the talks at the symposium.

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