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

Raymond Williams, Popular Music and Subculture

Posted: March 17th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

A day conference organised by The Subcultures Network and the Performance and Contemporary Arts Research Group at Manchester Metropolitan University, Friday 10th June 2016, Friends’ Meeting House, Mount St, Manchester 9am – 5pm.

Recently, there has been a significant revival of interest in the diverse legacy of Raymond Williams. So far, however, the connections between Williams and the study of subcultures, popular music and social change have been little explored. How have Williams’s early work, his later cultural materialist approach, and the work of those influenced by him, shaped the field? And how might this tradition be developed to address some of the most pressing issues and problems in contemporary popular musical and subcultural studies?

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Fourth Performance Studies Network International Conference

Posted: March 13th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

14-17 July 2016
Bath Spa University
Newton Park, Bath, UK, BA2 9BN

To register, please use the online sales system here.

Early bird rates apply until 1 April 2016.

The aim of the conference is to debate theories, methodologies and practices of performance, and to engage with increasingly diverse, interdisciplinary developments in the field in order to encourage a more global perspective on performance studies.

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Epistrophy, a jazz journal – no 2: Playing (at) jazz

Posted: March 7th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Coordinated by: Basile Bayoux, Joana Desplat-Roger, Thomas Horeau, Édouard Hubert, Raphaëlle Tchamitchian

We “play music”: the English language uses this notion to characterize musical practice. Pure chance? As Johan Huizinga underlines it in Homo ludens, the semantic concordance of play and music is no English exception: German uses spielen, French uses jouer (whereas other romance languages don’t: Italian uses suonare, Spanish, tocar), and this reference can also be found in Arabic, as well as a few Slavonic languages. According to Huizinga, this fact appears as the “deep-rooted psychological reason for so remarkable a symbol of the affinity between play and music”[1]. We could add a more specific, historical concordance between jazz and play: born in the 20th century, jazz is contemporary of a particular attention given to play within art worlds.[2]

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Popular Music Studies Today: 19th Biennial IASPM Conference

Posted: March 1st, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

26 June – 30 June 2017
University of Kassel

Popular Music Studies are today a key field of enquiry. Exploring the parameters of research on popular music in contemporary times lies at the centre of the 19th Biennial IASPM Conference. The Executive Committee therefore invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for presentations which engage with a variety of methodologies and perspectives on popular music studies, whether from an academic, professional, practice-based or educational angle. We encourage proposals dealing with one of the following streams:
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