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Educating Today: The Challenges of The Present. Research Paths

Posted: January 29th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for papers – Education Sciences & Society – Vol. 11, n. 1/2020

This issue of Education Sciences & Society Journal aims at offering a contribution to the clarification of some critical issues of the contemporary age: from the culture today’s humanity is imbued with (widespread culture, mass media culture, popular culture, pop music), to the wider social dynamics (family, school and political problems; current and global levels of social integration and inclusion; specific issues like gender and bullying), with a particular attention to the General, Social and Special Pedagogies, also welcoming alter-disciplinary, co-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary reflections. The overall aim is to trace a cartography of the New Modernity in order to improve research paths suitable to support educational and cultural models for the present and to redesign an increasingly “possible” future.

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2nd International Conference in Music Production Research

Posted: January 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Complutense University of Madrid, 26-27 March, 2020.
Deadline for accepting proposals: February 15, 2020
Further information: https://unicomplutense.wixsite.com/jornadasproduccion

JIPM 2020: History, analysis and interpretation of music production processes
around the recording studio

Nowadays, the research of the processes of music production is still a novelty within musicology. Although in recent years a bibliographic corpus has been developed which allows us to establish an initial theoretical framework, we are still immersed in a methodological debate that seeks to agree on some parameters of analysis and the use of effective tools for the study of music production. The final result of a record production is achieved through different variables which range from the technology used to the personal and aesthetic preferences of the engineer and/or producer. The recording studio thus becomes an important stock of resources for the artistic expression and generates a space in which, from the collective experience, a technological mediation is produced which is determinant for the musical creation and interpretation.

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VII International Congress: Music and Audio-Visual Culture – MUCA

Posted: January 24th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

From 28-30 May 2020, the University of Murcia (Spain) will host the Seventh International Congress: Music and Audio-Visual Culture MUCA, to provide a forum to scientific exchange with participation of composers, visual artists and researchers from several national and international universities.

We welcome proposals for individual papers (in English or Spanish) in order to promote new perspectives and dialogue about the main topics.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

The UTS School of Communication is pleased to host the 2020 International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia and New Zealand branch (IASPM-ANZ) conference.

The conference aims to provoke discussion and debate on hierarchies within popular music. These hierarchies might exist within and between popular music genres and be experienced by artists, audiences and scholars. We refer to these hierarchies as ‘scales’ which can be interpreted in a number of different ways. Scales can refer to the construction of music, or it can mean scales of class, genre, taste and so on.

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Mainstream! Popular Culture in Central and Eastern Europe

Posted: January 20th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

5th conference of Centre for the Study of Popular Culture with the support of National museum of Czech Republic, Faculty of Arts of Charles University and the German Historical Institute Warsaw

29 October – 31 October 2020, Prague

Mainstream media representations of celebrities remain problematic, as excited discussions regarding the recent funeral of singer Karel Gott have demonstrated. The appraisal of his long-term career has been divided into two extreme positions: uncritical admiration for the idol who spread joy under different political regimes on one hand and condemnation of his kitschy art associated with his selling out under these regimes on the other. What the overall debate has confirmed, is that stars and celebrities of popular culture can become symbols of any given period.

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Feminist and Critical Race Approaches to Analyzing the Emerging Role of ‘Culture’ in Music Streaming Services

Posted: January 9th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Panel Proposal for the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting

Ottawa, Canada October 22-25, 2020

Panel Organizer: Darci Sprengel, University of Oxford

In September 2018, Spotify launched its ‘Global Cultures Initiative’, which it insisted would make it a ‘leader’ in the field of audio streaming by moving the platform beyond its traditional focus on North American and European musics to ‘promote and advance culturally diverse music’ (Spotify Newsroom 2018). As Spotify expanded to other regions, however, it met pushback from local rivals. For example, Anghami (‘my tunes’ in Arabic), founded in Lebanon in 2012 and known as ‘the Spotify of the Middle East’, claims to meet better the needs of Arab listeners. It boasts alternative algorithmic technologies with unique abilities to combine international and local sounds in ways it asserts listeners in the Middle East and Arab diaspora want to hear, making Anghami’s distinctly local knowledge its ‘sonic brand’. These trends indicate that music streaming services differentiate themselves not through the music they provide, but through the techniques they employ to mediate between users and music catalogue (Goldschmitt and Seaver 2019).

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Sonic Scope: New Approaches to Audiovisual Culture

Posted: January 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

An e-journal for student voices to challenge, energise and diversify engagement with audiovisual media

Sonic Scope invites fresh, intrepid and dynamic student voices to re-imagine and revise critical, interdisciplinary approaches to audiovisual media. Today’s accelerated media landscape offers an unprecedented range of audiovisual experiences, from dynamically reactive video games and ultra HD sports events, to live-streamed political rallies and YouTube vlogs. Within this expanding landscape, the relationship of music and sound to image has undergone radical cultural and aesthetic upheaval. Sonic Scope intervenes in this shifting media terrain by engaging with audiovisual events as they happen. At the same time, it uses contemporary debates to revitalise discourse on traditional audiovisual forms, such as film, opera, theatre, the sounding visual arts and intermedial music.
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Music and the Spanish Civil War

Posted: January 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

8 – 10 October 2020
Humboldt University, Berlin

Convened by Diego Alonso (Postdoctoral Fellow, Humboldt University, Berlin) in collaboration with the International Hanns Eisler Society, Berlin. The conference is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Keynote speakers:

Michael Christoforidis & Elizabeth Kertesz (U. of Melbourne, Australia)
Gemma Pérez Zalduondo (U. of Granada, Spain)

Until recently, the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was frequently considered a time of paralysis, a parenthesis between the rich musical life of early 20th-century Spain and the new cultural and musical landscape of post-war Spain under Franco’s dictatorship. Accordingly, we still lack a thorough account of the role played by music and music criticism in this crucial period of Spain’s recent history. Similarly, the international impact of the Civil War on music has been explored only sporadically. These studies have focused primarily on a few musicians and a small selection of works, rather than more fully examining the range of activities, productions and debates involving music in and beyond Spain.

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El oído pensante

Posted: January 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

El oído pensante invites the submission of articles for the eighth volume (No. 2, 2020)

The aim of this biannual peer-reviewed online journal of free access is to promote debate on theoretical, methodological and epistemological dilemmas faced by different kind of music research. Since the intention of the journal is to promote critical thought aimed to dismantle usual concepts and to open new approaches, papers restricted to analyzing particular cases will not be accepted. However, it is expected that authors bring some cases into the text in order to support their main ideas.

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The Artistry and Business of Queen; Past, Present and Future

Posted: January 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Wednesday 10th June 2020, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2020

According to the most recent International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (I.F.P.I.) Global Recording Artist of the Year chart, published 26th February 2019, Queen were listed at Number 6 in the top 10. Thisindependently verified chart “includes sales of albums – across digital, CD and vinyl formats; singles, both downloaded and physical; and streams across the calendar year. The chart includes all the music of each artist featured, not just one track or album. It uses album equivalent units to combine measurements of downloads, physical sales and streams.” Read the rest of this entry »