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Differentiating Sound Studies: Politics of Sound and Listening 

Posted: November 29th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Differentiating Sound Studies: Politics of Sound and Listening

Conference dates: 15–16 April 2022
Conference website: https://mrc.hanyang.ac.kr/differentiating-sound-studies
Venue: Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea (hybrid)

Keynote Speakers:

Eric Drott (The University of Texas at Austin)
Mack Hagood (Miami University)

Following the success of “Rethinking Sound 2018,” Music Research Center at Hanyang University is pleased to announce its second international conference “Differentiating Sound Studies: Politics of Sound and Listening,” to be held on 15– 16 April 2022 in Seoul, Korea. In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the conference will be hosted in a hybrid format.

We invite proposals on any topics in the area of sound studies. We are particularly interested in themes relating to various ways in which sound makes differences in society and culture. How do class/stratum, gender/sexuality, and generational/regional differences manifest themselves via sound? What do they sound like? In relation to these questions, we also interrogate how techniques of listening are mediated by technology today, and what that relationship brings to the world.

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Twelfth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900

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

Call for Papers, Posters and Compositions
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 17th-20th June 2022

Deadline for proposals:
Midnight, end of Monday 20th December 2021 (UK time)

Keynote Speaker 1: Joseph N. Straus
Keynote Speaker 2: tbc

The Twelfth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 will take place at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 17th to 20th June 2022. At this stage, the intention is that the conference will be in-person, but with provision made for those who may be unable to travel.

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The Broken Mirror: Christine and the Queens and Global Frenchness

Posted: November 17th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

International Conference, Winthrop-King Institute, Florida State University
20-21 October 2022

Co-organizers: Martin Munro (Florida State), Denis Provencher (University of Arizona), Barbara Lebrun (University of Manchester), Chris Tinker (Heriot-Watt University)

Contemporary French Civilization published by Liverpool University Press is pleased to co-sponsor this event. The Department of French and Italian and the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona are also proud co-sponsors of this event.

The co-organizers plan to edit a future special issue of Contemporary French Civilization on the conference theme and hence are looking for a variety of topics for this project.

Born in Nantes in 1988, Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier, known as Christine and the Queens or simply Chris is a star for our times: singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, and choreographer, she flits between roles, just as she does between identities, names, genders, genres, places, and languages. Describing her identity as a “broken mirror,” she exists in fragments, splinters, shards, broken parts that yet constitute a distinctive whole.

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Youth and Music in the City

Posted: November 11th, 2021 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

24th November 2021

The final webinar in our Youth and the City webinar series takes places on Wednesday, 24th November from 12 noon – 1pm (UK time). This webinar will focus on young people’s relationship with music and the city.

To register for this event and receive a Zoom link for the webinar, visit our Eventbrite page. 

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The 7th Rhythm Changes Conference: Jazz Then & Now

Posted: November 10th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The 7th Rhythm Changes Conference, Jazz Then & Now, will take place at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 25 to 28 August 2022. This conference marks the 12th anniversary of the Rhythm Changes project.

Lucas Dols, double bassist and founder Sounds of Change Foundation: Opening lecture
Rhythm Changes Then & Now: Plenary panel on twelve years of the project
Prof. Charles Hersch, Cleveland State University: Closing address

We invite submissions for Jazz Then & Now, a four-day multidisciplinary conference bringing together leading researchers across the arts and humanities and others interested in jazz studies. The event will feature academic papers, panels, and roundtables.

Jazz is an urgent music that responds to or addresses contemporary crises. Its history is inseparable from struggles over civil rights, racial and gender identities, cultural politics, social hierarchies, artistic significance, and new technologies. The music has defined itself through debates around inclusion and exclusion, exemplified by iconic phrases such as ‘This Is Our Music’ (Ornette Coleman) or ‘What Jazz Is – and Isn’t’ (Wynton Marsalis). The sounds of jazz have often been heard as strident, edgy, unexpected, demandingly presentist – as urgent. Or is jazz perhaps more about its ‘then’ than its ‘now’ once we move outside circles of scholars, musicians, and fans? Jazz Then & Now seeks to critically explore how this sense (or absence?) of urgency plays out in jazz and how it contributes to our most compelling contemporary debates.

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Internet Musicking: Popular Music and Online Cultures

Posted: November 10th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

A free academic conference sharing new research into cultural practices of music taking place online
21–22 May 2022

Department of Music, University College Cork (Ireland) & Online

Over the last few years, music researchers have paid increased attention to the internet and its effects on cultural life. For example, edited collections on digital culture, virtuality, and social media have emerged alongside landmark research projects that seek to understand how the internet shapes the cultural production of music. Meanwhile, interdisciplinary inquiry has addressed internet-based cultural practices of popular music, critically examining the tension between creative platform uses and the political economy of an increasingly privatised internet.

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Challenge and Change in Popular Music

Posted: November 8th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

The 2022 IASPM-UK/Ireland Branch Conference
Liverpool, August 31st – September 2nd


Conference Themes

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social and economic crises, proposals are invited for papers that respond to contemporary global challenges and changes. Whether informed by the experiences of individuals, cities, nations or global communities, papers might respond to:

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Exploring Audio and Music Technology in Education

Posted: November 8th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special Issue: ‘Exploring Audio and Music Technology in Education: Pedagogical, Research and Sociocultural Perspectives’

Full paper submission deadline: 1 April 2022

The past decade has seen increased interest in the pedagogical facets of audio engineering, sound design, music technology and related fields. Much of this rising interest in the teaching and learning aspects of sound corresponds to a growing number of institutions offering training options for people interested in the technical, creative, scientific and cultural aspects of audio. However, while the options for learning about such topics have expanded, there remains a dearth of scholarship on the theoretical, sociocultural and interdisciplinary aspects of audio and its connection to teaching and learning in a broad array of institutions. Also, little scholarship has emphasized a professional development model for the educational aspects of audio, particularly for those working with the next generation of practitioners in all educational contexts. What impact do audio and music corporations have on facilities and curricular decision-making? For this Special Issue of the Journal of Music, Technology & Education, the guest editors seek contributions addressing one or more of the topics below:

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M/C Journal: ‘Cities’

Posted: November 5th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Over the past 20 years, interest in the ways in which cities might be re-imagined and place-branded through specific creative and cultural identities and activities has increased exponentially (Landry; Andersson; Evans; Grodach), with urban policy-makers in particular seeking to find ways to leverage these identities to drive a range of urban development, economic, heritage, and tourism initiatives (Richards; Baker; Martinez; Ballico and Watson). In turn, significant attention has been given to the vital contribution creative workers make to the creative, cultural, and economic fabric of cities, with policies aimed at attracting these workers becoming a central tenet of many creative city strategies (Florida). To this end, urban development strategies prefaced on the enactment of a range of ‘creative’ and ‘cultural’ frameworks are commonplace in cities across the world. Examples of this include the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which encompasses creative sectors as diverse as Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music (Ballico and Carter), as well as other sector-specific frameworks such as the global music cities movement (Baker; Ballico and Watson). Considering the emergence, circulation, and adoption of these policy frameworks, as well as more broadly the ways in which creative and cultural identities can be leveraged through place activation strategies, we invite contributions that provide, although are not limited to:

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Festival Activism!

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

For decades festivals have provided important sites of inquiry for folklorists and ethnomusicologists alike. While theoretically and methodologically diverse, this literature has traditionally focused on the communitas of festival experience and the flow of everyday social life beyond the festival’s liminal boundaries. Attending to the activist turn in ethnographic research, we wish to explore the idea of festivals as strategic forms of social action. Specifically, how can a critical ethnographic study of festivals reveal the ways in which performers, participants, and organizers encounter and challenge the myriad forms of violence that frame the contemporary world? How do festivals constitute sites of activism and forms of social and political intervention?

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