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Sampling Politics Today

Posted: June 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Musicians and sound artists in the 21st century often engage with politics in their music. However, this politics comes in new shapes and formats and is at times hidden from listeners and audiences. One way of bringing the political into music is the technique of sampling. So in «Sampling Politics Today» we are focusing on precisely this topic. We are looking for articles, podcasts, videos, photo series, or contributions in other formats that will lead to our first publication on the new Norient Space «The Now in Sound».

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Creative Identities in Transition: Higher Music Education & Employability in the 21st Century

Posted: June 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

27–29 February 2020
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria

Organisers: Rosa Reitsamer, Rainer Prokop

Keynote speaker: Christina Scharff, King´s College London, UK

Higher music education institutions aim at helping students to acquire skills and knowledge and to develop specific personal attributes to negotiate the initial stages of their careers as musicians and to attain employability and life-long learning. However, the learning cultures and practices of artistic valuation at music universities and conservatoires are hardly explored and employability is poorly defined and hard to measure, especially in the face of changing relations between study and work. These changes include, for example, individualisation processes, a growing number of music graduates competing for work and a decrease of publicly funded orchestras in many European countries. The process of becoming a musician is thus not simply about sequentially passing through particular stages of development. Rather, it entails the negotiation of significant and complex rites of passages increasingly associated with a heightened responsibility for constructing one’s own career and identity. Moreover, transitions from study to working life are shaped by gender, race, class and sexuality and include dilemmas in weaving together established normative and personal meanings. As a result, career trajectories remain, in many cases, “permanently transitional”.

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Music, Sound, Space and Place: Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies

Posted: June 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Société française d’ethnomusicologie, Joint Autumn Conference 2019

31 October-2 November
Department of Music, City, University of London

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the Société française d’ethnomusicologie invite proposals on the general theme of ethnomusicology and sound studies for their joint 2019 autumn conference, which will be held at City, University of London.

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Third Working in Music Conference: Working in Music – Now and Then

Posted: June 20th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Turku, Finland, 15-17 April 2020

The Working in Music Network (WIM) is pleased to announce its third Working in Music Conference, to be hosted by the University of Turku, Finland, in April 2020. The Conference follows the staging of previous WIM conferences in Glasgow (2016) and Lausanne (2018) and the establishment of the Network (https://wim.hypotheses.org/). WIM was launched in Lausanne in 2018 and has been established by scholars interested in the historical and contemporary nature of working in music. It has adopted the following Statement of Purpose:

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Documenting Jazz 2020

Posted: June 6th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

‘We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are’, John Berger, (ed.) Ways of Seeing. 1987.

Birmingham City University is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Documenting Jazz conference, to be held on 16–18 January 2020. Now in its second year, Documenting Jazz brings together colleagues from across the academic, archive, library, and museum sectors to explore and discuss documenting jazz. Since its first edition in Dublin 2019, the Documenting Jazz Conference aims to offer an unparalleled variety of experiences drawn from across the world. We hope to include contributions from individuals of all career stages, from established scholars and practitioners to those just starting their careers. We embrace the academic sector and other heritage and cultural organisations in partnership with each other and with communities. Our keynote speakers are drawn from across the academic sector to inspire debate and discussion amongst participants.

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Symposium on Eudaimonia, Music, and Music Education

Posted: June 4th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | 1 Comment »

May 22nd & 23rd, 2020

John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA

Eudaimonia – often interpreted as “living well,” “pursuing one’s true purpose,” or “human flourishing” – is a perennial philosophical concept in Western scholarship. It frequently goes unarticulated, especially within the practices of music and education.

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Progressive Rock and Metal:  Towards a Contemporary Understanding

Posted: June 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The 4th Biennial International Conference of the Progect Network for the Study of Progressive Rock

Hosted by Lori Burns at the University of Ottawa, May 20-22, 2020 (Ottawa, Canada)


Progressive Rock and Metal: Towards a Contemporary Understanding aims to explore the past and present contexts of the genres of progressive rock and metal. With its origins in the psychedelic counterculture and freeform rock radio (a format featuring long-playing records) in the late 1960s, progressive rock of the 1970s was characterized by formal complexity, dynamic variety, instrumental experimentation, and the influence of classical and jazz music. While progressive rock flourished in the 1970s with bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Rush, the 1980s and 1990s saw the rise of progressive metal as a major development within the metal scene. Bands such as Dream Theater, Tool, and Meshuggah presented a new style of metal that embraced many of the values of progressive rock (e.g. harmonic, rhythmic, and formal complexity, instrumental virtuosity, and concept-driven albums) and ventured into new and innovative musical territories such as dense chromaticism and polyrhythmic structures.

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Sixth International Performance Studies Conference

Posted: June 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Huddersfield, 2-5 July, 2020.

Proposals are invited for papers, lecture-recitals, research reports and themed sessions for the Sixth International Performance Studies Conference.

The conference will cover a wide range of musics, approaches, methodologies and practices pertaining to Performance Studies. We welcome presentations that reflect this diversity, including early music, contemporary music, music located across oral and literate traditions, acoustic, electronic and multimedia performance, and more.

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