Welcome to The International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch

Memory Gaps: Tracks and Cracks

Posted: February 27th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

International Conference, 19 and 20 October 2023, University of Strasbourg

Each speaker has 30 minutes of presentation, followed by a 15-minute discussion. The languages of the conference are French and English. The publication of the papers is planned.

Please send your proposal (title, short abstract and biography) at the latest by 1 May 2023 to: Beat Föllmi, University of Strasbourg, [email protected]

We would like to examine the way in which the arts (theatre, cinema, literature, painting, sculpture, music) draw, trace and unfold the canvases and scores of individual, familiar and collective memory, from traces, cracks, flaws, interstices, lapses, oblivion, loss of memory, repression, from “the memory of what is forgotten”, shadowy areas, crypts, confiscated images and words, prevented, manipulated or forced memory, from “wounded memory” (Ricoeur), forgetting processes, silences, denials, blind spots, scattered fragments, superimposed and/or hybridized strata, from the power of memory and the power over memory.

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Sound on Screen II

Posted: February 27th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

5th-6th JULY 2023


Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, an indication of whether you would prefer to appear in person or online, and a brief biography of no more than 150 words to [email protected] by March 24th 2023.

The second Sound on Screen conference welcomes submissions for 20-minute papers from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between music and/or sound and the screen. We welcome submissions from speakers at any career stage (including postgraduate MA or PhD candidates) and from a wide range of disciplines such as musicology, film and television studies, cultural studies, communications studies and so forth. The first Sound on Screen conference invited participants to take their cue from Chion (1994) and Mera et al. (2017) in drawing together ‘different practices and technologies under the same umbrella without attempting to obfuscate the differences that exist between them’. This resulted in a diverse range of topics and speakers, and allowed us to create interdisciplinary panels that brought different fields and viewpoints into fruitful dialogue with each other. We intend the second Sound on Screen conference to continue this rich discussion and so in addition to inviting any relevant paper proposals, we particularly welcome submissions that engage with the interplay between sound and music on screen, and also considerations of equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to music and sound on screen. This conference will be held in person at our Headington campus in Oxford, but hybrid options will be available to presenters and delegates.

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Spaces of Dancing

Posted: February 27th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special edition of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
Edited by Ben Assiter


With the dance floor at its core, space is of critical importance to electronic music and dance culture (EMDC). The dance floor is a unique social space, produced through sound, bodies, and an array of sensory and spatial technologies. The spaces of EMDC—including nightclubs and informal, repurposed venues—shape its development and historical imaginary as much as the DJs and producers of the music. EMDC is also closely entangled within wider dynamics of urban (and rural) space, in which conflicts over noise, disorder, and cultural value mediate the production of nightlife scenes.

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Rhythm in Music since 1900

Posted: February 27th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

22-24 September, 2023
Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Canada

Call for presentations

Submission deadline: 1 May 2023

Keynote speakers:
• Nicole Lizée, composer
• Miles Okazaki, jazz guitarist and composer
• Jason Yust, music theorist

Rhythm in music since 1900 remains a rich and fascinating field of inquiry. The second RiMs1900 conference seeks to bring multiple perspectives to bear on this field. It will address repertoires ranging from jazz and popular music to global musics and art musics, and topics from performance and pedagogy to cognition and theory. The keynote presenters are a composer, guitarist, and music theorist at the leading edges of rhythmic experimentation and conceptualization.

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IASPM Journal Special Issue. Contemporary Post-Soviet Popular Music: Politics and Aesthetics

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IASPM Journal is the peer-reviewed open-access e-journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). As part of an international network, the journal aims to publish research and analysis in the field of popular music studies at both global and local levels.


This themed issue of IASPM Journal seeks to explore how popular music is an important field for political and aesthetic negotiations in post-Soviet space, countries and regions formerly part of the Soviet Union or closely related to it, experiencing war and protests during the past years. Symbolic uses of popular music in post-Soviet space includes the ‘singing revolution’ in Estonia, music for several revolutions and a war in Ukraine and current diaspora of Russian musicians. The issue aims to address how politics and aesthetics are articulated in popular music today in post-Soviet space (Mazierska 2016, Miszczyński & Helbig 2017, Blüml, Kajanova & Ritter 2019, Hansen et al. 2019), without excluding contributions focusing on articulations of power and nationalisms, resistance and revolution or ambivalence. We welcome contributions focusing on different genres and parts of the region; Soviet/Russian rock (Gololobov, Pilkington & Steinholt 2014, Wickström 2014), Ukrainian (Helbig 2014, Sonevytsky 2019) and Belarussian (Survilla 2002) popular music, popular music in Caucasus and Central Asian former Soviet republics (Klenke 2019, Merchant 2015) as well as the post-Soviet diaspora. In times when authoritarian and illiberal governments are expanding or defending power in post-Soviet space popular music enables significant circulation of meanings.

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CUMIN conference

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CUMIN is the Contemporary Urban Music for Inclusion Network. CUMIN is an AHRC-funded network designed to bring together researchers, practitioners and a range of stake-holders in educational and social projects that utilise ‘contemporary urban music’ (by which we mean Hip Hop, grime, house, EDM, techno and so forth), fostering dialogue and production of new knowledge.

On Friday 30th June from 9.30am to 5.30pm CUMIN will hold a conference at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/

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Soundscapes of the South

Posted: February 14th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Macon, Georgia
September 28-29, 2023

“Precisely how and why the American South has shaped and nurtured so much successful art is something sociologists and anthropologists will still be bickering about a half century from now,” Amanda Petrusich wrote in It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music (2008): “All I know is that it is mostly true.” Fifteen years on, her musical travelogue remains a vital exploration of the ways in which place may infl¬uence “the sounds we make.”

Soundscapes of the South welcomes papers on southern music and its diverse contexts, themes, places, and moments for a Symposium taking place at the Museum at Capricorn in Macon, Georgia, on September 28-29, 2023. Aiming to cover a plethora of artists, genres, periods, topics, expressions, and perspectives, we invite presentations that range from the analytical and the re¬active to reminiscence and anecdote, by scholars, critics, journalists, authors, artists and musicians, on the theme of “Southern soundscapes.” Read the rest of this entry »

Music and the Internet conference

Posted: February 9th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Chicago and virtual, 9-10 June 2023

Music and the Internet (musicandtheinternet.co) is a hybrid, multi-day interdisciplinary conference that will take place virtually and at the University of Chicago June 9-10 2023.

From autoplaying videos to social media echo chambers, the 21st-century internet is a noisy place. The internet and online platforms have become increasingly entwined in both the music industry and in everyday musical activity, with music as both a shaped and shaping medium. Online music communities have emerged around net-native genres with distinct aesthetic, communicative, and meme-based conventions. Such developments have varied throughout the history of music on the internet, with reverberating effects in other online creative industries. Accordingly, a range of theoretical, practical, and ethical issues are in open (and often urgent) discussion for those studying these phenomena.

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Teaching Popular Music Studies: Pedagogy and Curriculum

Posted: February 8th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

American Musicological Society Popular Music Study Group
Submission deadline: February 21, 2023
Conference Dates: November 9–12, 2023, Denver, CO
Keynote Speaker: TBD

Now, decades after the founding of popular music studies and the new musicology debates, (almost) no one questions popular music’s place in our curricula. But what exact part does popular music play in the curriculum?

At a moment where many departments are revising program requirements and course offerings with the aim to diversify and decolonize the curriculum, popular music offers its own solutions and challenges. For example: Popular music may already be an antidote to the elitism of Western classical music, but the ubiquitous “History of Rock” and “History of Jazz” classes also threaten to calcify into canonic lineages of great men. In our curricula, popular music classes (alongside world music) present the greatest diversity of musicians of color, queer artists, and working-class audiences, yet most popular music textbooks rarely go beyond the borders of the US and the UK.

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Music, Hope and Reimagining Society: the role of music in thinking around Utopia

Posted: February 5th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

BFE-RMA-SMI funded Study Day
Friday 16 June 2023, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Whether it be in response to the climate and ecological crisis, geopolitical instability, the pandemic, societal inequalities and injustices, attempts to reimagine society emerge as ever urgent, stirring respective currents in public discourses. There are a growing number of public-funded initiatives or grassroots collaborative movements that orientate their activities towards making room for re-imagining society, aspiring to realize people’s hopes for a better present and future. Two such projects within the UK are, for instance, the National Lottery Community Fund’s ‘Growing Great Ideas’ or ‘Civic Square’ in Birmingham’s ‘Department of Dreams.’

Focusing on musicking, studies have highlighted the decisive role that music can play in imagining utopias (see Levitas, 2010), in fostering social change by means of disrupting established ways of being (see Turino 2016), or in constituting alternative modes of (political) belonging (see Stokes 2018). However, there is much more to be explored regarding the modes in which musicking fosters reinvention. Scholars across diverse disciplines, practitioners, sound-artists and composers all engaging with music in so many different ways, need more insights into the explicit and tacit ways in which musicking contributes to envisioning utopias. Sharing each one’s specific knowledge based on their practice and discipline-scope will enable a broader understanding of the topic.

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