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IASPM Early Career Researcher Conference

Posted: May 27th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM Early Career Researcher Conference, October 21st 2021

IASPM warmly welcomes papers from emerging academics* for a day-long conference that will take place this coming Autumn. This event aims to bring together scholars with new and exciting ideas to discuss and share their work at the vanguard of popular music studies. There is no restriction on topic area, however applications prioritising new work are strongly encouraged. In particular, we are seeking papers that address current concerns in popular music, such as:

  • gender equity in the music business
  • music and social justice
  • music education and decolonising the curriculum
  • popular music in the digital age
  • music and wellbeing
  • live music and night-time economies post-COVID 19
  • income streams and business models in the music industries
  • popular music and the environment

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Innovation in Music Conference 2022

Posted: May 27th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Innovation in Music Conference 2022
Royal College of Music, Stockholm
24 – 26 March 2022

Music Production: International Perspectives

​Innovation in Music 2022 will be held at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden on 24 – 26 March 2022. A Routledge conference proceedings book will be published after the event. The theme remains wide for contributions, but with a titled theme of “Music Production: International Perspectives” Innovation in Music welcomes academics, creatives, producers, artists, industry professionals, technology developers and equipment manufacturers to come together and submit abstracts for consideration on a wide range of topics including:

  • Innovative music creation and performance
  • Music production: past, present and future
  • Music technology innovation
  • Innovation in music business
  • Innovation in music in the Nordic countries and the relationship to International innovation.
  • Cross-disciplinary topics around music and innovation

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Special Issue of Global Hip Hop Studies Journal

Posted: May 14th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

“Knowledge Reigns Supreme”: The Fifth Element in Hip Hop Culture (2022)
Co-edited by Justin A. Williams, Sina A. Nitzsche, and Darren Chetty

The Journal
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 that surround hip hop music and culture around the world.

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Special Issue in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education

Posted: May 11th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special Issue in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education
‘In the name of employability: faculties and futures for the arts and humanities in higher

Guest Editors
Dr Daniel Ashton (University of Southampton, UK)
Professor Dawn Bennett (Bond University, Australia)
Dr Zoe Hope Bulaitis (University of Birmingham, UK)
Dr Michael Tomlinson (University of Southampton, UK)

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DJ Cultures in Canada

Posted: May 7th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Proposed Title: We Can Dance If We Want To: Canadian DJ Culture Turns Up
Edited by Dr. Charity Marsh and Dr. Maren Hancock

“As a creative performance, the DJ set has the potential to communicate new ways of being, of feeling, producing musical discourses that are nevertheless embedded in the real-world, material, politics. In this way, DJ practices enable the immediate reconstitution of local cultural identity.” (Rietveld, 2013, 7)

The rousing success of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s “Nightclubbing” panel discussion focusing on the history of Toronto club culture is one of many recent events that illustrates a growing desire to celebrate Canadian DJ culture. Facebook and other social media sites are rife with archival material relative to DJ culture in Canada from the 1980s until the present. And although the first DJ was technically a Canadian (Reginald Fessenden gave the first radio broadcast of music and speech in 1906), Canada’s unique contributions to DJ culture are mainly absent from academic and public discourse.

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Staging popular music: sustainable music ecologies for artists, industries and cities

Posted: May 4th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 3-4-5 November 2021

This conference focuses on the intersection between key transformations in the popular music industries. Music represents and generates value on various levels from the individual to the global, and in many different spheres from the cultural and social to the economic and political. Popular music is staged through multiple platforms, actors, businesses, intermediaries and policies. The current COVID-19-crisis both challenges the music industries and acts as a catalyst of new digital innovations. This is a vital moment to (re)consider the future directions of the music industries. While the music industries are characterized by continuous change and transformation, significant disruptions have always impacted its resilience. Such disruptions can be external shocks, including the current crisis, new technologies, political change or aesthetic-cultural innovations. From an ecological perspective, all transformations force the industry to reshape and rethink itself. This will likely result in both positive as negative consequences. We need to critically reflect on what the immediate and long-term future of music ecologies entails, who benefits and who suffers from such disruptions.

Focusing on a select number of interrelated themes, this conference aims to bring together scholars and professionals from various countries and disciplines. Participants bring their own perspective to the stage in an international exchange of ideas and current research insights about the contemporary music industries.

The Music Business Research Days offer an interdisciplinary forum at the intersection of economic, artistic, cultural, social, legal, technological and further developments which contribute to the creation/production, dissemination/ distribution and reception/consumption of music. This interdisciplinary nature calls for methodological multiplicity and is open to scholars from all scientific areas. We invite submission of papers on – but not strictly limited to – the themes and example questions below:

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