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Heavy Metal Music and Dis/Ability: Crips, Crowds, and Cacophony

Posted: July 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Heavy Metal Music and Dis/Ability​ seeks authors to join this edited volume of essays.

While many metal scholars have discussed people with disabilities and their lives in/with heavy metal music informally, or as part of panel discussions, little is in publication about music and people with disabilities, let alone metalheads and disability. Studies on disability and popular music exist, but do not include the very corporeal genre that is heavy metal music.

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The U2 Conference

Posted: July 21st, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Heartland: U2’s Looking For American Soul
An International Virtual U2 Conference For Scholars And Fans
October 18 – 24, 2020

U2 has journeyed – at times uneasily – through an America of pulsating metropolis, rugged heartland and shining sea. It long ago fell under the spell of America, but for just as long has felt it still hasn’t found America.

When U2 talks about America, it often describes it in terms of an idea, a dream or an experiment rather than a physical reality. Bono sings in “American Soul” (ft. Kendrick Lamar) on Songs of Experience: “It’s not a place / This country is to me a sound / Of drum and bass. … It’s not a place / This country is to me a thought / That offers grace / For every welcome that is sought.”

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Punk Scholars Network Annual Conference

Posted: July 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »


Punk is a truly global phenomenon that manifests in myriad ways in different scenes, political regimes, cultural contexts and individual experiences. Punk is many things to many people and seldom remains static over a lifetime. Increased globalisation, changes in connectivity and technology, and shifts in both capitalism and populism have impacted punk for better and worse. International and intranational punk scenes and connections are growing and finding commonality and conflict through music, education, mutual aid, performance, political activism and human behaviours. The global Coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the differences people face accessing resources and how governments respond. How have, and how will, various local punk scenes respond to this crisis, and what does their response tell us about punk as a global phenomenon?

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Music, Sound and Silence in Videogames

Posted: July 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The scientific publication the Journal of Sound, Silence, Image and Technology (JoSSIT) grew out of the research group of the same name (SSIT), which is linked to the TecnoCampus university centres, affiliated with Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). The journal seeks to bring together academic debate and scientific research on the relationship between sound as a broad concept and an audiovisual context.

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Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt et la scène de Canterbury

Posted: July 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

International symposium, Strasbourg.

Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt et la scène de Canterbury : un regard différent sur le rock dans les années 1960 et 1970.

Musicological, cultural, sociological and literary approaches.

Thursday 19. november 2020 afternoon, Salle du Fossé des Treize – Friday 20. november 2020 morning and afternoon, Amphithéâtre du Collège Doctoral Européen ;
Concert on 19. novembre at 20h30pm with special guest John Greaves, Salle du Fossé des Treize.

The term “Canterbury scene” refers to a group of rock bands and musicians, mostly English, active from the late 1960s and during the 1970s. The town of Canterbury, Kent, was the place where many of the musicians in question, still in their teens, met and began to collaborate; from this first nucleus, several bands and musical projects developed here and there, such as Soft Machine, Caravan, Gong, Matching Mole, Hatfield and The North, National Health, or Robert Wyatt’s first solo projects.

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Crises at Work: Potentials for Change? (2021)

Posted: July 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special Issue Editors: Michael Ahlers and Jan Herbst

This Special Issue is motivated by, but not limited to, the current processes and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global civic rights movement related to “Black Lives Matter”, which highlights systemic racism as an epidemic in many societies around the world. Only a selection of topics is shown here, which is also historically part of personal, systematic or infrastructural crises of popular music cultures. The Special Issue of the IASPM Journal aims to gather a broad range of scholarly and artistic perspectives on crises in popular music composition and production, labour, business, education, societies and cultures.

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The Best Side of Capitalism? The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Record Store

Posted: July 1st, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Gina Arnold, Christine Feldman-Barrett, John Dougan, and Matthew Worley, eds.

This book explores, from a variety of perspectives and methodologies, how record stores became such important locales. As an agora, a community center, and a busy critical forum for taste, culture, and politics, the record store prefigured social media. Once conduits to new music, frequently bypassing the corporate music industry in ways now done more easily via the Internet, independent record stores (in direct opposition to rock radio programmed by corporate interests), championed the most local of economic enterprises, allowing social mobility to well up from them in unexpected ways. In this way, record stores speak volumes about our relationship to shopping, capitalism, and art. The editors of this volume believe that record stores are spaces rife for examination because their cultural history is in some ways the story of the best side of capitalism seen in microcosm. To that end, this book employs three motifs: cultural history, urban geography, and auto-ethnography to find out what individual record stores meant to individual people, but also what they meant to communities, to musical genres, and to society in general. What was their role in shaping social practices, aesthetic tastes, and even, loosely put, ideologies? This book will collect stories and memories, and facts about a variety of local stores that will not only re-center the record store as a marketplace of ideas, but also explore and celebrate a neglected personal history of many lives. Read the rest of this entry »