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Turns and Revolutions in Popular Music Studies

Posted: May 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

XX Biennial IASPM Conference
School of Music, The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia, 24–28 June 2019

As certain songsters and songstresses have noted, seasons turn, turn, turn, even if you are talking about a revolution. While global warming alters seasonal cycles with the aid of neoliberal and (pseudo)socialist forms of capitalism, and waves of societal turmoil follow each other with varying degrees of authoritarianism in different parts of the world, popular music studies remains committed to critical enquiry of music of the masses, the everyday, a variety of subcultures, the megastars, all with their revolutionary potential. Faced with the increasing worldwide austerity in the humanities and social sciences, caused by short-sighted research funding policies that purportedly aim at revolutionary technological and business innovations, popular music studies also struggles with its future directions. Whither popular music studies and where to turn?

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Mapping spaces, sounding places: Geographies of sound in audiovisual media

Posted: May 12th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Cremona, 19-22 March 2019
Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage, University of Pavia (Cremona)

Sound design, film music and music editing in general exert a primary function in conveying senses of space and place in audiovisual media. Strategies for connoting space and place in film sound and music vary with cinematic practices across history and according to transnational patterns of negotiation between global and local modes of production. At the same time audiovisual communication, when rich in local connotations, allows insights into specific socio-historical contexts and the documentation of human geographies.

This conference aims to bring together scholars interested in mapping geographies of music and sound practices in audiovisual media (e.g. film, television, video games, interactive art). We invite fresh perspectives on film music and sound that are willing to embrace aspects ranging from individual approaches to space and place to collective geographies, also considering industrial trends and intermedia connections. Cultural, ethnographic, historical, analytical, data-driven and aesthetic approaches are welcome, as well as research on industrial and commercial practices.

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Epistrophy: Jazz, philosophy and philosophers

Posted: May 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for papers for issue #4
Coordination : Joana Desplat-Roger, Thomas Horeau, Édouard Hubert
Translation : Pauline Ridel

This latest issue of Epistrophy suggests interpolating jazz through a specific prism : that of philosophy.

Now, philosophy is a discipline that is characterised not so much by its subject, because that is not restricted to a specific area, but by the very particular way in which it conducts discussion of its subject. Philosophy, by taking throughout its history a suspicious attitude to language in general, and to artistic terminology in particular (what does « playing » music mean ? Do musicians « express themselves » through their art ?, etc.), has made music a fully fledged philosophical issue [1].

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Groove the City

Posted: May 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

‘Groove the City’ – Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance is the 1st international conference of the Urban Music Studies Network that will be held from Nov. 23rd to 25th, 2018 at Leuphana University of Lueneburg. We would kindly like to remind you that the deadline for the conference´s call for papers is approaching and – again like to encourage the submission of paper presentations, panels and posters.

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