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Taylor Swift: Eras, Narrative, Digital Media and Music

Posted: February 26th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Deadline for proposals (250 words): 11:59pm EST  March 31, 2021
Selection notification by April 15, 2021
Proposed date: July 17, 2021

On February 11, 2021, pop star Taylor Swift announced the anticipated re-release of her 2008 album Fearless, a project launched following the contentious and public battle between Swift and her former label Big Machine Records. While specific and noteworthy in its particulars, this release also comprises one in a long series of re-visiting and re-versioning of the star’s life and output by Swift, the media, her fans, and her detractors. Listening to Swift’s releases as artifacts of the current digital age, this study day seeks to position Swift as a prism through which to examine intersecting issues in contemporary music industries and media ecosystems, from copyright and pandemic creation, to multimedia star texts and digital fan practices.

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Historical Traces of European Radio Archives, 1930-1960

Posted: February 26th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Dates: 28-29 October 2021
Location: University of Amsterdam and/or online
Organisers: Carolyn Birdsall, Corinna R. Kaiser and Erica Harrison
Contact: [email protected]
Abstracts: 15 April 2021, no more than 300 words plus short biography
Acceptance: 01 May 2021
Papers: 01 September 2021, position papers (2000-4500 words)

Bringing critical perspectives to bear on radio archives is the main departure point for this international workshop, which explores broadcasting, archives and the historical data they have co-produced. This two-day workshop brings together interdisciplinary perspectives from scholars and practitioners invested in theoretically-informed, connective histories about radio archives. It takes up a historical-geographical focus on radio archival collections in Europe that were affected by war and political transformations between 1930 and 1960, including case studies for Axis, as well as Allied, countries during and after World War II.

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Information Overload? Music Studies in the Age of Abundance

Posted: February 22nd, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

8-10 September 2021, University of Birmingham

Keynote Speakers:

Robin James (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Nick Seaver (Tufts University)
More speakers TBA

For those investigating any musical activity after about 1994, the main sources of research data will not be print archives or discrete media—they will be World Wide Web media. The Internet Archive, the web’s library, today holds over 525 billion archived web pages, while API and post-API archiving initiatives make social web platforms accessible as research databases. At first glance, no other archive is more inclusive in terms of whose voices it represents, and none more comprehensive in terms of the insights it provides into the thoughts, desires and musical tastes of ordinary people. To paraphrase the web historian Ian Milligan, whose recent book provides the title and framing for this conference, we might suggest that in its scale, granularity and plurality, the web represents the music historian’s dream.

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Global Hip-Hop Studies

Posted: February 22nd, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special Issue: ‘Breaking and the Olympics’ 

To be considered for this Special Issue, please submit the following via this Google Form by 31 May 2021:

  • an abstract of 150–250 words (plus references, if necessary)
  • author name(s)
  • institutional affiliation(s)
  • contact details a brief bio of no more than 150 words (which includes the author’s positionalities in relation to their topic).

Global Hip Hop Studies (GHHS) is a peer-reviewed, rigorous and community-responsive academic journal that publishes research on contemporary as well as historical issues and debates surrounding hip hop music and culture around the world.

The recent announcement of breaking in the 2024 Paris Olympics has stirred a substantial response from within and outside of hip hop culture. This special issue of GHHS is positioned to not only explore contemporary debates about breaking in the Olympics, but also to develop critical discourse that can offer insight to practitioners, cultural organizations and the IOC. We are especially interested in research projects that engage in local, regional and national perspectives and can provide useful resources transnationally for those involved in this milestone cultural moment. To this end, the issue will be published a year in advance of the 2024 Olympics in 2023.

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RGS-IBG Annual Conference

Posted: February 12th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

31 August – 3 September 2021
*** This session will be hosted online *** 

RGS-IBG Annual Conference

Session title: A ‘cultural catastrophe’? The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and cultural sectors and possible pathways to recovery

Session organisers:  Andrew Leyshon, Nottingham University and Allan Watson, Loughborough University

We have pleasure in inviting proposals for papers to be presented at the following online session at this year’s RGS-IBG Annual Conference.

Abstracts (max. 250 words), along with the title of the session and author contact details (name, affiliation, email address), should please be sent to Andrew Leyshon ([email protected]) and Allan Watson ([email protected]) by Monday 1st March. We aim to notify accepted presenters by Monday 8th March.

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