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Music and Dance on East–West Axis: Correlations and Mobilities

Posted: December 21st, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

International scientific symposium
Organizers: Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts: Institute of Musicology – Department of Arts, Istanbul University State Conservatory
Location: Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (Serbia)
Dates: September 4–6th, 2023

The question of “Orient” in humanities gained significant attention, especially after the landmark work of Edward Said (1978). However, the issue of representation from the position of power was of a much older date, and the eurocentric perspective of the late 19th and 20th centuries influenced comparative musicology and then ethnomusicology to a certain extent, due to the fact that ethnomusicology as a discipline is rooted in the observation of music of “the Others”. Said’s work also affected academic discourse about questions of (Middle) East wars and the history and social reflections of the religions, and it was a necessary basis for postcolonial and deconialization studies in global terms, which occupy a significant position in contemporary ethnomusicology (and musicology). Perceived from the aspect of “the crossroads between East and West” and the attitude of abandonment of burdening synonym for conflicting nations, the Balkans, as the main focus area for this symposium, is observed as a field for research of correlations in music and dance heritage, as well as the space where/through music/dance and musicians/dancers are migrating and moving.

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Low End Theories: Bass Culture, Sound Systems, and Popular Music

Posted: December 20th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Online conference – 19–20 May 2023

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Bass and Afro-diasporic sound system culture are defining elements of many popular musics today. Dub-reggae practices are embedded in the pop industry as well as mainstay genres such as hip-hop, dancehall, and jungle/drum ‘n’ bass, while sound system-powered subcultures proliferate in scenes such as footwork, Miami bass, and beyond. ‘Bass music’ is an established, and contested, category of electronic dance music culture. Sound system events have persisted through and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite its impact on night life industries worldwide.

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Practice Research in 21st Century Music

Posted: December 20th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The 21st Century Music Practice Research Network’s 2023 One Day Conference on Saturday 20th May 2023 at the University of West London, St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, London W5 5RF

The C21MP network is relaunching its ‘in-person’ events with a one day conference looking for common themes in pedagogy and practice research in performance, composition, record production, music technology, music business and arts administration.

The format of the conference is slightly unusual in that is inspired by the format of the ‘flipped classroom’:

  • Themed panels involve three ‘presenters’ and a discussant / moderator. Presenters must be able to attend in person on Saturday 20th May 2023.
  • Each presenter produces a 20 minute video of their presentation in advance of the conference which are available online for attendees (and the public) two weeks in advance. All presenters and moderators must watch all three videos in advance of their ‘in person’ session.
  • During the session, each presenter gives a five minute summary / abstract which is followed by 75 minutes of discussion between the four panellists and with audience involvement, led by the discussant / moderator
  • Presentations can involve practical demonstration, musical examples and performance but must address a research question and point towards or provide answers / new knowledge

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Instruments, Interfaces, Infrastructures: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Musical Media

Posted: December 15th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Harvard University Department of Music, May 11-13, 2023

Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 13, 2023

We are pleased to announce a three-day conference bringing together researchers and artists from a variety of music-related disciplines for a dialogue on the interconnected themes of instruments, interfaces, and infrastructures.

As evidenced by the rise of “new” organologies, there is growing interest among music scholars in studying instruments as epistemologically loaded objects that encapsulate knowledge of sound and mediate sonic practices. Our conference aims to extend this work into the interdisciplinary zones of interface studies and infrastructure studies. Bridging these discourses, the conference will open space for imagining new theories, methodologies, and practices that scale between different layers of musical media, showing how bodies, tools, and techniques are entwined in a dynamic web of material-semiotic relations.

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Sustainable Futures in Popular Music: The Pandemic and Beyond

Posted: December 14th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

MUSICultures Special Issue

MUSICultures solicits articles for publication in a special theme issue: Sustainable Futures in Popular Music: The Pandemic and Beyond, guest edited by Dr. Alexandra Boutros (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Dr. Brian Fauteux (University of Alberta).

Contemporary discourse is fraught with concerns about sustainability as we reckon globally with climate change, resource depletion, and more. How can we think about sustainability in intersection with popular music? Sustainability is often associated with ecological discourse, where concerns about waste and the depletion of natural resources may shape how we understand everything from music festivals and music related travel, to streaming services. However, sustainability is also implicated in the social dimensions of musical life. A discussion about music and sustainability may ask; What is the role of popular music and musicians in the cultural shifts made necessary by climate change? But may equally query how claims of sustainability figure alongside local music production and consumption framed by ephemeral archives and sometimes fragile cultural memories? Labour, venues, teaching and pedagogy, live performance, production and dissemination, capital and funding, and a host of other music related practices, systems, and infrastructures impact the sustainability or unsustainability of music.

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Music for Girls Conference and Popular Music and Society special issue

Posted: December 13th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Music for Girls Conference (University of Sussex, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, 19-20 June 2023)

The AHRC Music for Girls network is hosting a conference on 19-20 June 2023 that will explore popular music, gender, and knowledge.

In the public imaginary the figure of the popular music expert is nearly always male. So strong is the male expert stereotype that it has been successfully and humorously parodied in popular culture from Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity to the ‘mansplaining’ proprietor of the guitar shop to the sneering judge of the television talent contest. The Music for Girls Conference aims to illuminate ways of listening to and knowing about popular music that have been marginalised in media representations and academic conversations alike. What if, instead of looking at how people who identify as women and girls are sidelined by male-focused popular music sites of knowledge acquisition, we centre the experiences of women and girls as key to ‘knowing’ popular music, unpacking the politics of knowledge, and developing an ordinary but powerful ‘expertise’? We seek a broad range of speakers to explore the intersection of popular music, gender, and knowledge across disciplines, regions, genres, and ways of knowing. We also invite reflections on changes and continuities involving sex and gender within popular music culture and popular music studies.

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Rock Your Body: Bodies in Interaction with Popular Music

Posted: December 8th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Annual Conference of the German Society for Popular Music Studies 2023
September 14-16, 2023,University of Siegen

  1. On This Year’s Conference Topic

“I wanna dance with somebody, I wanna feel the heat with somebody” – sung by Whitney Houston (1987)

Music is bound to bodies. We hear and feel it directly, we move along to it, we watch bodies in music videos and on concert stages, we use our bodies to produce sounds or augment them with instruments. In Popular Music Studies, the body-bound nature of music has been addressed since the inception of the research field. This year’s conference would like to continue and update the discussion by exploring bodies in interaction with popular music. For further specification, four focal points are outlined below, which should serve as suggestions or starting points for possible contributions. In addition, the conference is open to further impulses on the topic. Read the rest of this entry »

Dialogues — International Music Research Conference

Posted: December 8th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

May 17 to May 21, 2023
Laval University (Québec)
Deadline: January 20, 2023

The academic year 2022-2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the Faculty of Music at Université Laval. For the occasion, the faculty is organizing the Dialogues Conference, which will be held from May 17 to 21, 2023 at Université Laval, located in Quebec City. The conference, hybrid format, will host the principal Canadian research societies in music, teaching and music creation, as well as an international partner:

Canadian Association of Music Libraries (CAML)
International Association for the Study of Popular Music Canada (IASPM-Canada)
Journées internationales de pédagogie instrumentale et vocale (JIRPP)
Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique, Université Laval (OICRM-ULaval)
Réseau canadien pour la santé et le bien-être des musiciens (RCSBM)
Canadian Society for Traditional Music (CSTM)
Canadian University Music Society (MusCan)
Société québécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM)

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2023 Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Musicological Society

Posted: December 8th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Music and Liveness
16–18 June, 2023
University of Otago School of Performing Arts

Deadline for proposals: 22 February, 2023

In his 1999 book Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture, Philip Auslander deconstructed the binary of live vs. mediatised musicking. As we emerge from the Covid-inflicted doldrums, it seems appropriate to re-examine the concept of liveness in the creative arts, in music in all its forms, and of the NZ Musicological Society itself. Has the mediatisation of Zoom and other synchronous platforms changed our relationship to both live and recorded performance? What does liveness mean now in a pedagogical context?

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Celebrating Please Please Me at 60: An International Beatles Symposium

Posted: December 2nd, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

March 25-26, 2023
Hosted by Liverpool Hope University
School of Creative and Performing Arts
As part of the Angel Field Festival

The Music Team members at Liverpool Hope University are delighted to announce an interdisciplinary, international Beatles symposium that will be held on March 25-26, 2023 at the School of Creative and Performing Arts, located in the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant city centre. This academic symposium is in honour of the 60th anniversary of the release of Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me, and will feature a keynote address from Professor Kenneth Womack, one of the world’s leading authorities on the Beatles and their enduring cultural influence.

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