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The Institute of Registered Music Teachers New Zealand Annual Conference

Posted: December 22nd, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

21st – 25th January 2019
Otago University, St Margaret’s College, Dunedin, New Zealand

Southern Themes and Variations

The Institute of Registered Music Teachers New Zealand Annual Conference January 2019 invites participants to consider the challenges, present and future, of teaching music in the twenty-first century. At a time when music may be marginalised through cultural shifts and changes in educational priorities, how can the music teacher both adapt to and remain relevant within this new environment? What can teachers at different levels (primary through tertiary) and in different contexts (private tuition vs. itinerant vs. institutions) learn from one another? How are decisions made at higher educational levels affecting teaching practices on a day-to-day basis? With these questions as springboards, we particularly welcome submissions that address, directly and indirectly, the following themes:

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Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC) 8th Annual Conference

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May 3-5, 2018

The eighth annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada from Thursday, May 3 to Saturday, May 5, 2018.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, forms and genres of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present. We also invite presentation and exhibition proposals from visual and multimedia artists whose work engages with popular culture.

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Resonating Occupation

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Date: Friday, 11 May 2018
Location: The Trent Building, University Park Campus, University of Nottingham, UK

“Resonating Occupation” will be the second workshop held under the ERC-funded Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia (COTCA) project at the University of Nottingham.  You can find more information at: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/cotca/index.aspx

This workshop will bring together scholars from multiple disciplines working at the nexus of sound, music, and foreign occupation—here defined broadly to include studies of colonialism, imperialism, conflict and war. While presenters are encouraged to discuss their current work in these fields, it is also expected that presentations will enable wider conceptual, methodological and theoretical discussions which will be of interest to participants working in different disciplinary and geographic contexts.  Discussion at the workshop will revolve around the following questions.

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Edinburgh German Yearbook 13: Music in Politics / Politics in Music

Posted: December 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Edited by Siobhán Donovan (University College Dublin) and Maria Euchner (University of Edinburgh)

Music and politics have a long history of joining forces, creating powerful results, and enriching and influencing one another along the way. Not only is music often employed for political purposes, but politics can provide composers and musicians with a rich tapestry of material informing their musical explorations.

Music was arguably instrumental in shaping German identity and continues to play a role in the German national imagination today. It has been used for both patriotic and nationalistic purposes – the line separating the two often being very fine – and is manipulated by specific political parties and by musicians to convey political messages and convictions both to the left and the right of the political spectrum. The turbulent history of the German national anthem, and the fact that it is not mentioned in the Grundgesetz, is also testament to the emotional charge that can result from marrying music and politics. During times of war, music – classical, as well as popular – played an important role, both at home and at the front, and was frequently employed as a motivational force, a propaganda tool, or a weapon. Music can create a sense of identity and belonging, and is able to trigger memories that may be either welcome or disturbing.

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DISCO! An Interdisciplinary Conference

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

University of Sussex
21-23 June 2018

From its origins as a New York City subculture amongst gay, black and Latino/Latina practitioners, and its transition into the mainstream, to its subsequent lives across international scenes, disco poses pivotal questions about the entanglements of art, industry, identity, and community. Disco is the site of many significant and lasting debates in popular culture, including those surrounding the figures of the DJ and the diva, the status and significance of dancing bodies, the tension between what is authentic and what is synthetic, and the historic maligning of society’s others.

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