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Long Beach Indie International Film, Media and Music Festival

Posted: May 24th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

August 30-September 3, 2017

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2017

Celebrating global diversity, the Long Beach Indie International Film, Media and Music Festival (August 30-September 3, 2017) is looking for scholars, journalists, and entertainment industry professionals to bring their intellect, art, and energy this year’s Film, Media, and Music Conference.

We invite individual papers and full panels representing any topic (e.g. theory, production, history, criticism, preservation, etc.) related to film, television, gaming, music, virtual and augmented reality, mass communication, digital media, or the entertainment and music industries broadly defined. Read the rest of this entry »

Special Issue on Global Tastes: The Transnational Spread of non-Anglo-American Culture

Posted: May 21st, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts

Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2017

Guest editors: Simone Varriale (University of Warwick, UK), Noa Lavie (The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo, Israel)

Globalization’s cultural effects have gained significant attention in the sociology of culture. Especially from the early 2000s, a growing literature on transnationally-connected cultural sectors has started exploring the asymmetries of economic and symbolic power between ‘centers’ and ‘peripheries’ of cultural production, the role of gatekeepers and organizations in mediating globalization processes, and the limits of cultural imperialism as an exhaustive framework for interpreting cultural globalization. Similarly, consumption studies have started focusing on preferences for globally spread cultural products, suggesting that theories of cultural hybridity need to pay more attention to how class and other inequalities influence practices of appropriation.

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From State Control to Free Market: Transition of Eastern European Music Industries after the Fall of Communism

Posted: May 7th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Expressions of interest invited to contribute to an edited volume:

Central and Eastern Europe during the last 28 years has been a place of radical political, economic and social transformation, and these changes have affected the cultural industries of these areas. Political and economic transformations coincided with the advent of digitalisation and the Internet, which intensified the changes. It can be argued that during the last three decades the music industries in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe were subject to two shocks: the first related to the fall of state-controlled economies, while the second was caused by the advent of the Internet. This posed a challenge both to record labels and artists, who after adjusting to the rules of the free market economy were faced with the falling sales of records caused by the advent of new communication technologies. This makes the Central and Eastern European music markets an interesting topic which requires further study. Despite the depth of transformation and the size of the region, there are not many publications in English which could analyse these processes. Consequently, this volume aims at filling this gap by concentrating on the transition from state-controlled music industries to free-market ones in selected Central and Eastern European countries.

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New Approaches to Sound, Music, and Media

Posted: May 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Bloomsbury’s New Approaches to Sound, Music, and Media is a series of research monographs dedicated to changing our understandings of sound, image, and their relations across media. Today’s media are shaped by digital technologies, new modes of production and consumption, varied platforms, genre blendings, and globalized economic networks. These media demand new theoretical and aesthetic responses. This series seeks surprising, interdisciplinary work that explores the intersections between popular, mainstream, avant-garde, classical and post-classical forms of audiovisual media. Approaches from the disciplines of dance, neuroscience, and philosophy, to name but a few, are welcome. Underexamined historical topics and non-western socioeconomic and technological contexts may help us understand our present moment, and we encourage these proposals as well.

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British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference 2018

Posted: May 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

12–15 April 2018, Newcastle University

As with all BFE Annual Conferences, we welcome papers and panels on any aspect of current ethnomusicological research. The 2018 theme will be Europe and post-Brexit Ethnomusicologies.

Amidst the most profound European (and American) socio-political ruptures since 1945, the position and roles of ethnomusicology has never been more important both for the plural and changing constituencies of identity (‘British’, ‘European’, ‘Global’) and for those in one part of the world who research and perform musics from another part. In some senses, displacements and musical changes are consequences of globalization, and from the growing inequalities that continue to emerge from polarized global wealth and consumption. We wish to focus attention on the position and approaches to ethnomusicology within Britain and Europe both before and after the emerging new European settlements for the academy, European communities, refugee and migrant communities, students and their Others. By extension, we are also interested in exploring these same, and parallel, issues beyond Europe.

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Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize winner 2016-2017

Posted: May 3rd, 2017 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

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

Read the award winning essay here.
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