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OK Computer, twenty years on: Radiohead’s musical, cultural, and political legacies

Posted: October 30th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Symposium, Université Rennes 2 (France), May 18th, 2017.

OK Computer, Radiohead’s third album, has captivated many rock music fans
worldwide and contributed to enhance the band’s prestigious status within
the British rock scene. Upon release in May 1997, the album reached the top
spot in the UK album charts, and remained ranked in the Top 40 for two
years, with sales in excess of three million units. The album was met with
critical acclaim from the New Musical Express, which awarded it a perfect
10/10 rating, and continues to this day to feature in the music press’s
lists of the best rock albums of all times.
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Ninth International Doctoral Workshop in Ethnomusicology

Posted: October 26th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

27th June – 1st July 2017 

The Center for World Music at the University of Hildesheim and Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media are pleased to announce the ninth annual workshop for PhD candidates in ethnomusicology. Through paper presentations, discussion and working groups, the workshop offers a unique environment for 16 doctoral students at the writing stage for their PhD dissertations to engage in international dialogue and exchange, and expand critical debate on recent research within the discipline. The workshop will be directed by Prof. Dr. Philip V. Bohlman (Chicago/Hanover), Dr. Michael Fuhr (Hildesheim), Cornelia Gruber (Hanover) and Prof. Dr. Raimund Vogels (Hildesheim/Hanover).

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Music, Nation and Region in the Iberian Peninsula: (Re)Sounding History, Identity and Heritage

Posted: October 24th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Cambridge – 22–23 June 2017

Keynote Speakers

Professor Salwa el-Shawan Castelo-Branco
Professor Francisco Cruces Villalobos

The Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge is proud to host the symposium ‘Music, Nation and Region in the Iberian Peninsula: (Re)Sounding History, Identity and Heritage’. The symposium aims to put into dialogue scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, providing a context for the development of cutting-edge research in the study of music in the Iberian Peninsula, and the islands of Portugal and Spain.

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Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities

Posted: October 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The Biannual International Society for Metal Music Studies Conference at the University of Victoria (Previously held at Bowling Green in 2013, and Helsinki in 2015)

June 9-11, 2017

Metal Studies at the University of Victoria and ISMMS are pleased to announce the following Call for Papers:

Metal music is a crucible for identity and community. At its core it aims to press boundaries. These boundaries, in turn, serve both to reinforce belonging and to exclude nonparticipants. The goal of this conference is to explore different ways metal music fans experience and create communal bonds, and the relationship of these bonds with other types of communal bonds (ethnic, religious, and national for example). How can these multivalent bonds reinforce or destabilize each other? How do lyrical and symbolic themes and communal bonds aid or hinder the process of or reclaiming identity or regaining voice?  How do artists grapple with and recontextualize some of the problematic origins of the genre?

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Music, Festivals, Heritage

Posted: October 18th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Siena Jazz Archive, Italy. 25-28 May 2017

Keynote Speaker

Professor Andy Bennett, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

In a world where notions of culture are becoming increasingly fragmented, the contemporary festival has developed in response to processes of cultural pluralization, mobility and globalization, while also communicating something meaningful about identity, community, locality and belonging.—Andy Bennett et al,, The Festivalization of Culture

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