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Music, digitalisation and democracy

Posted: August 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Study day at Åbo Akademi University, December 14, 2018
Organised by Dept of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University, the research project

“Digitaliseringens inverkan på minoritetsmusik” (DIMM) and IASPM Norden

On Friday, December 14, 2018, the Department of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University and the research project “Digitaliseringens inverkan på minoritetsmusik” (DIMM – “The Impact of Digitalisation on Minority Music”) will host a study day at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

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British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference

Posted: August 15th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

11-14 April 2019, The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Keynote speaker: Professor Mellonee Burnim, Indiana University

As with all BFE Annual Conferences, we welcome papers and panels on any aspect of current ethnomusicological research. 

The 2019 theme will be Collaborative Ethnomusicology

In recent years, the focus of ethnomusicological research and dissemination has become increasingly centred on the ways in which ethnomusicologists have been able to work in collaboration with the practitioners who they study. This has also had an effect on the ways in which research findings are presented. Is it still acceptable to focus solely on the academic monograph or article publication, or should we be paying more attention to presenting our research to a wider audience, in more accessible formats and language? How have we, as ethnomusicologists, been bridging the gap between the academic and performance contexts in which practitioners operate, and in what ways have we successfully given back to the communities in which we have conducted fieldwork? The aim of this conference is to discuss the ways in which we have, and can, collaborate with practitioners, cultural groups, and academics. What kinds of issues might come into play regarding power relations and hierarchy, and how has reciprocity featured within and as a result of these collaborations? How have we moved beyond the academy and the discipline in terms of collaboration and dissemination, and how have we moved forward in terms of conducting fieldwork and negotiating our roles as both researchers and performers? As well as dealing with issues concerning the dissemination of research and fieldwork collaborations, this conference will also consider the idea of collaboration and music much more broadly. How might we approach, understand and theorize intercultural collaborations? What can we learn from less successful attempts at collaboration, and projects aimed at a commercial market?

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Riffs: Experimental Writing on Popular Music – Volume 3

Posted: August 14th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Ideas of noise…

Submissions should in some way critically engage with “ideas of noise” as a statement, a question, or even consider the Birmingham-based experimental sound festival, Ideas of Noise.

As the journal title suggests, we are interested in pieces that take an experimental approach to the consideration of popular music. For examples of pieces based on previous prompts, have a look through our current and past issues.

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The Art of Record Production Conference 2019

Posted: August 6th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

In C: Creation, Connectivity, Collaboration, and Controllers

Hosted by Berklee College of Music, Boston, May 17–19, 2019
DEADLINE for abstracts: September 28, 2018, 12:00 a.m., EDT
Notification by October 29, 2018

Our title for the 14th Art of Record Production Conference is inspired by Terry Riley’s seminal, minimalist work “In C” (1964). When asked how he would describe the relationship between his drive to push technology to its limits in the 1960s and the musical possibilities that resulted, Riley replied that it was all driven by “the ‘What if?’ principles.” This conference seeks to bring together scholars, artists, and innovators applying “What if?” principles to practice and research. Our “C” themes—creation, connectivity, collaboration, and controllers—all represent areas of movement in contemporary record production, and we invite participants to interpret them creatively as they relate to active research projects and creative work. Consider the following questions about each thematic component.
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6th Global Reggae Conference – Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II

Posted: August 6th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »


The University of the West Indies and Birmingham City University are delighted to announce the staging of the 6th Global Reggae Conference under the theme Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II. Hosted as a premier biennial event by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit inside Jamaica’s Reggae Month, this conference will engage academics within a wide field of scholastic orientations and practice. This event comes as part of larger project on music and cultural innovation and black popular culture through which both Universities have engaged in a partnership to expand scholarship and outreach through community engagement, experimentation, archive building, exhibitions, among others.

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