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Folklore, Learning and Literacies: The Annual Conference of the Folklore Society

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

Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April 2020, London  

Lore is learning: folklore is a body of knowledge and a means of transmission. Vernacular knowledge, and vernacular transmission, each rooted in language.

Languages of sign, symbol and the body confront us daily, some time-honoured, some very new, and how we read them informs how we act, whether to conform, or to rebel. Folklore socialises us into a community of knowledge, but not all communities are generous. Modern media produce myths and reproduce memes, their speed and reach unprecedented. Rumour, misinformation and conspiracy theory have results – from climate-change denial to vaccination scares – which are anything but imaginary.

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Study Day: Methodologies in Researching the Social Impact of Music-Making

Posted: November 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Organizer: Department of Music, Iceland University of the Arts
Location:    Skipholt 31, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland.
Date:             March 19th 2020
Contact:      Dr. Þorbjörg Daphne Hall, [email protected]
Keynote:     Professor Nicola Dibben (University of Sheffield): “Co-creating tools to evaluate the social impacts of music-making: a case study from Colombia.”
Support:     Centre for Research in Music, Iceland University of the Arts

Music’s potential to be a force for social change is well documented in scholarship from music therapy, ethnomusicology, and musicology, for example. This study day aims to consider the various approaches, tools, and methods we use to research the social impacts of music.  With postgraduate and early career researchers in mind, the study day will be a platform to discuss the challenges that can arise working with diverse communities, from the methodological to the ethical and beyond.

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Bob Dylan On Screen

Posted: November 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

On May 12, 1963, Bob Dylan left the set of the Ed Sullivan Show, incensed the producers rejected his decision to “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues.” This non-circulation of his image through television provided valuable publicity and Dylan would boast of “the song they didn’t let me play on TV.” This incident stands at the beginning of an ambivalent and complicated relationship between Dylan’s persona, as expressed through his words and music, and its dissemination through screen media. This has been an uneven process: the documentary Dont Look Back (1967) is a classic of direct cinema and played an important role in broadcasting Dylan’s image, but its planned follow-up, Eat the Document (1972), went a different direction: Dylan insisted on editing it himself, it showed once on television and vanished into obscurity. The editing alone of his self-directed four-hour film Renaldo and Clara (1978) occupied more than a year of Dylan’s career, which should logically qualify it as a major work. Instead it’s little more than a footnote even for Dylan’s most devoted fans, watched by few and liked by fewer; Martin Scorsese’s repurposing of footage in Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story (2019) may be Renaldo and Clara’s lone legacy. Masked and Anonymous (2003) was scarcely better received. Though it found some admirers, Dylan himself would express disappointment with it in a 2012 interview with Mikal Gilmore, stating that, “When you want to make a film and you’re using outside money, there’s just too many people you have to listen to.” He even joked that they should have hired Cate Blanchett to play his part, Jack Fate.

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Jazz Now!

Posted: November 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The seventh Rhythm Changes conference: Jazz Now! will take place at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Amsterdam University of the Arts), the Netherlands, from 27 to 30 August 2020. This conference marks the tenth anniversary of the Rhythm Changes project.

Keynote speaker
Lucas Dols (Sounds of Change Foundation: www.soundsofchange.org)

Closing address
Prof. Charles Hersch (Cleveland State University)

Rhythm Changes tenth anniversary panel

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Technology and Change in Music Cultures

Posted: November 4th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The 24th Annual Symposium of Music Scholars in Finland

University of Turku & Åbo Akademi University 18-20.3.2020

The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology, the Finnish Musicological Society and the departments of musicology at Turku University and Åbo Akademi University in collaboration with the research project ‘The impact of digitalization on minority music’ are pleased to invite researchers with an interest in music to attend the 24th Annual Symposium for Music Scholars in Finland, which will take place on 18-20 March 2020 in Turku.

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