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Music, Migration and Mobility

Posted: January 1st, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

International Conference hosted online by the Royal College of Music.
Date: 12-14 September, 2022.

This conference aims to investigate music as a mobile phenomenon, and the history of music as animated by mobility rather than fixity. It strives to reflect critically on methodological approaches and theoretical framings of music, especially the music of migrants. We invite proposals from scholars in any arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines – as well as music practitioners – for papers that explore music and musical history through the lens of mobility, as opposed to static, rigid categories of national or geographical belonging.

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Punk and Philosophy

Posted: January 1st, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Since the beginning of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies’ examining of youth cultures in the 1970s, there has been significant debate regarding approaches in how best one can unpack notions of formation, analysis and definition. This has led to the development of what is often termed as ‘post-subcultural studies,’ which has drawn upon a new lexicon of terms, such as ‘scene’ and ‘neo-tribe,’ as a means of unpicking the complexities of ‘subcultures.’ With these debates flourishing, academic approaches to subculture, and punk in particular, entered the 21st century in a postmodern mood. Here, new, exciting theories of punk have been thriving, including those who have argued that the wholesale jettisoning of the word ‘subculture’ was premature.

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