Welcome to The International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch

Symposium: Music, cities and popular memory: a “very messy cultural archive”?

Posted: January 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

10-5pm, Friday 29th March 2019 : Solent Spark (TS414), Southampton

Solent Music | So:Music City | Culture, Media, Place @ Solent

The relationship between popular music, cultural memory and the city is currently experiencing renewed attention, both in research and in practice. We invite researchers across the humanities and social sciences to share knowledge, methods and case studies that shed light on their intertwined histories.

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Lit-Rock: Literary Capital in Popular Music

Posted: January 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for Chapter Proposals
Book Title: Lit-Rock: Literary Capital in Popular Music
Editor: J. Ryan Hibbett, Northern Illinois University
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2019

This edited collection will explore, across diverse genres of popular music and toward a rich analysis of cultural exchange, the uses of literature and literary practices. Such uses may include literary allusion, the adoption of recognized literary techniques, the adaptation of literary content, the cultivation of poetic personae, or any other use in which the literary makes itself visible and functions as a distinguishing form of capital. When, where, how, and why—this book will ask—does popular music negotiate itself as something “other”? When and how do pop stars present their works as art, and to what extent are they granted or denied the prestige associated with high art traditions? How do listeners negotiate their identities as undiscerning fans/consumers with their roles as discriminating connoisseurs? And, finally, how do artists and fans navigate the contradiction of popularity as external validation and, as is often simultaneously the case, aesthetic inferiority? Amidst such questions, and made timely by Bob Dylan’s (awkwardly received) Nobel Prize and Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer, this study will 1) reveal the use of literary signs, logics, and practices as a phenomenon visible in various ways across the entire pop spectrum, rather than as the exclusive product of an isolated, elite genre within popular music; 2) make apparent literature’s dependency—for meaning, validation, perseverance—on practices often viewed as peripheral; and 3) rethink literature and rock music not as competing representatives of high and low culture, but as an interdependent system mutually invested in, and endlessly regenerating, the high/pop distinction itself.

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HardWired. Heavy Metal Research Conference VII:  Discipl(in)es of Transgression? Transdisciplinarity and the Study of Popular Culture 

Posted: January 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Salzburg (Austria)
02 – 04 October 2019

Organizers: Frederic Luftensteiner, Nils Grosch, Sascha Trültzsch-Wijnen, Anna-Lena Mützel (University of Salzburg; Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences; Department of Art, Music and Dance Studies; Department of Communication Science; Doctorate School Popular Culture Studies)

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Elements Bristol Hip-hop Conference

Posted: January 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

2nd Meeting of the European HipHop Studies Network
06-08 June 2019
University of Bristol, UK

KEYNOTE: Juice Aleem and J. Griffith Rollefson (UCC)

Call for Papers (Reminder–deadline 31 January)

Emceeing. DJing. Breaking. Graffiti. Hip-hop is commonly understood to consist of these four elements. The idea of four elements is one of hip-hop culture’s core narrative and most pervasive founding myth since its beginnings in the Bronx in the 1970s. Yet, the idea of four core elements has been highly contested since the beginning of the culture as there is no unified definition of how many elements exist, who defined them, and how they came together.

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Dave Laing (1947-2019)

Posted: January 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Remembrances | No Comments »

In recognition of the status of Dave Laing as a founder of the field of popular music studies and a much respected and loved colleague, as witnessed by the outpouring of tributes across social media and elsewhere, we feel it appropriate on this sad occasion to open a dedicated page of remembrance.

Dave Laing

The following was originally published on Facebook by Dave Hesmondhalgh, and is reproduced here with kind permission.

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