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Big Sounds from Small Places

Posted: October 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM Canada Annual Conference 2020 Call For Papers
Cape Breton University: Sydney, Nova Scotia
12 – 14 June 2020
Submission Deadline: 15 December 2019

As we enter into a new decade it’s apt to question our place in the world. Almost sixty years ago, Marshall McLuhan notably coined the term Global Village to refer to the global spread of media content and consumption, and yet Canada still struggles with its position in the world as an imposing landmass with a relatively small population, and how that influences where and how its cultural texts are encountered. This conference seeks to address the concept of voice and sound as tied to space and place, in the broadest sense. In regards to popular music in Canada, we have established a strong identity, but one that is often defined in opposition to our more vocal neighbours to the South. As we continuously define and redefine Canadian cultural identity, and cultural outputs, this conference questions how our musical landscape has historically adapted, and will continue to adapt, to an increasingly globalized environment.

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International Conference on Musical Form

Posted: October 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

30 June – 1 July 2020, Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle

Organised by the Society for Music Analysis Formal Theory Study Group (FTSG), in association with the Department of Music, Durham University

Supported by North-Eastern Music Analysis Collective

Keynote Speakers: Prof Janet Schmalfeldt (Tufts University), Dr Steven Vande Moortele (University of Toronto)

The Society for Music Analysis Formal Theory Study Group invites proposals for the International Conference on Musical Form. For at least the last 25 years, music theory has witnessed remarkable developments in this area. This renewed interest, referred to as the ‘new Formenlehre’, has stemmed especially from the development of analytical theories for late eighteenth-century music advanced by William Caplin (1998) and James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy (2006). The International Conference on Musical Form seeks to reflect on the achievements of and the ongoing debates surrounding the new Formenlehre, whilst also considering its future. We welcome not only papers dealing with theoretical and analytical issues, but also contributions from related disciplines including historical musicology, history of music theory, corpus studies, music cognition, ethnomusicology, performance studies, philosophy of music, and sociology of music.

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15th IASPM UK and Ireland Biennial Conference: London Calling

Posted: October 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

London College of Music, University of West London, 3rd – 5th September 2020

In 1992, Allan Moore hosted the 2nd IASPM UK & Ireland conference at the Polytechnic of West London. 28 years later the conference returns to the same building – now the University of West London. As one of the key focal points of 20th and 21st century popular music practice, London has not only projected its musical voices all over the world but has also been a hub for incoming influences that have stimulated a rich and vast array of new musical cultures. The 2020 IASPM UK & Ireland conference seeks to use this amazing heritage to provoke discussion about this and many other subjects. In addition, we are aiming to continue the recent trend for weaving popular music practice and music business and management into the IASPM tapestry. And this practice-based specialism harks back to another key figure in the academic world of music, Christopher Small, who also taught in the same building until 1986 and who coined the term musicking.

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Journal of Popular Music Education: Special Issue Drum Kit Studies

Posted: October 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

ISSN: 23976721 Online ISSN: 2397673X
First published in 2017 
3 issues per volume 


Special Issue Description 

This call seeks article submissions for a special issue of the Journal of Popular Music Education, guest edited by the three co-editors of the Cambridge Companion to the Drum Kit Matt Brennan, Joseph Michael Pignato, and Daniel Akira Stadnicki.

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IASPM Benelux Conference

Posted: October 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

University of Antwerp, Belgium, 14 – 16 May 2020

RE-peat, please!

According to the online Cambridge Dictionary, the prefix ‘re-’ stands for “do again” or “returning something to its original state”.

These two letters can be used in various combinations, many of which relate to core issues of pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, dance, and many other genres.

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Modern Music Scenes

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

AAG Meetings │ Denver, USA │ April 6-10

Organizers: Patrick Adler (University of Toronto); Richard Florida (University of Toronto); Michael Seman (Colorado State); Jesse Elliott (The Music District) ; Bryce Merrill (The Bohemian Foundation)

Music production predates market exchange and is still at the modern economy’s leading edge. The music industry boasts low barriers to entry, short product cycles, high levels of amateur production and collaboration, and a culture of experimentation. It is sensitive to technological change and has been wholly remade by the printing press, the radio transmitter, amplification, television, digitization. In addition to changing how music is produced, technological change continues to alter how music is distributed and organized. Local music production systems are regularly remade as music continues to evolve.

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Music and the Moving Image Conference XVI

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

Conference at NYU Steinhardt: Friday May 29th – Sunday May 31st, 2020.

The annual Music and the Moving Image Conference encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPhone, computer, and live performances) and that of music and sound through paper presentations. We encourage submissions from multidisciplinary teams that have been pooling their knowledge to solve problems or come up with a new perspective regarding music and moving images.

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The 7th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies (IAPMS) Conference

Posted: October 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

23-25 July, 2020
Organised by Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS Group)

Hosted by Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Theme: Asia’s Sonic (under)Currents and Currencies

The recent international popularity of Korean pop groups BTS and Blackpink placed Asia from passive recipients to active participants of otherwise US and UK dominated global pop music. However, the extent in which they represent and personify the rich undercurrent of popular music circulation in Asia remains debatable in Asia’s culturally diverse landscapes. While the digital platform and social media as well as travel have intensified the flows of popular music participation, it is probably premature to idealistically suggest the levelling of more enduring historical and cultural boundaries and borders. The post•global or post•digital condition needs discussion.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Higher Education

Posted: October 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Friday 24th January 2020
125 Conference Suite, City, University of London, London EC1V 0HB

Convened by the Royal Musical Association and MusicHE (formerly NAMHE) in partnership with the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK and Ireland), the Society for Music Analysis and the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE)

In her study of diversity and racism in institutional life, cultural theorist Sara Ahmed writes about the ‘politics of stranger making; how some … become understood as the rightful occupants of certain spaces … whilst others are treated as “space invaders”, as invading the space reserved for others’. How do we create Music Departments that don’t feel like spaces ‘reserved for others’? What should Music Departments of the 21st century look like, both in their personnel and their curricula? In terms of gender, we have come a long way in recent decades, but much remains to be done when it comes to other dimensions of difference and exclusion. What does the current state of Music HE reveals about the workings of power and privilege, about who and what becomes centred and peripherised, and why. What are the barriers to diversity?

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What does Democracy Sound Like?

Posted: October 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Music and Political Democratisation in the Late Twentieth Century
18-19 June 2020
University of Huddersfield

Convened by Igor Contreras Zubillaga (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Huddersfield) and Robert Adlington (University of Huddersfield)

Keynote speaker: Marina Frolova-Walker (University of Cambridge)

This event aims to innovatively question how musical practices formed ways of imagining democracy in the democratic transitions that took place after Portugal’s ‘Carnation Revolution’ in 1974 – what Huntington (1991) called the ‘third wave’ of democratisation, which involves more than 60 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Rather than studying music’s diverse deployments within these political contexts (music ‘in’ transitions to democracy), these study days place the emphasis upon ways in which music embodies democratisation processes and participates in the wider social struggle to define freedom and equality for the post-authoritarian era (hence the ‘and’ in the title of the event).

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