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

The Road to Independence: the Independent Record Industry in Transition.

Posted: February 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for Chapters
Editor : Victor Sarafian.
Publisher : Presse de l’Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

Proposal submission: 1 July 2019
Full chapters due: 1 December 2019

We are inviting proposals for a book-length essay collection on all aspects of the independent record industry… it’s past, present and future prospects. Technology has changed how music is produced, distributed and consumed. From the advent of the gramophone to the advent of napster, technology has shaped the economic and cultural aspects of the music industry.

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Street Music conference

Posted: February 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

UEA Norwich, 14-15 May 2019

This FREE conference, organised by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, seeks to explore an important but neglected aspect of public culture and community construction: street music. It aims to draw together the new knowledge and practice generated by funded research projects across Connected Communities with work across a number of academic disciplines as well as the creative sector. Following Connected Communities established practice, the conference seeks to function as a place for dialogue between academics, independent researchers, musicians, performers, and the arts and cultural policy sectors.

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Sounds and Poetry of the Streets: Empowering Philippine Expressive Popular Cultures

Posted: February 6th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

EPAPC September 2019 National Conference 

Organisers: Alona Guevarra, Lara Mendoza, Jose Buenconsejo, all scholars of EPAPC

The research group, Ethnographies of Philippine Auditory Popular Cultures (EPAPC), a grantee of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED)-SALIKHA Creative Grants, announces a call for papers for a special conference on Philippine Expressive Popular Cultures entitled Sounds and Poetry of the Streets: Philippine Expressive Popular Cultures. Selected abstract proposals will be presented in September 2019 at Ateneo de Manila University. Selected papers from the conference will be published in Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University.

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Just P(l)ay! Music as Labour

Posted: January 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Interdisciplinary Conference of mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Conference date: 7-11 August 2019
Conference venue: Hotel Marienhof, Reichenau an der Rax, Austria
Keynote speakers: to be announced

Organisers: Dagmar Abfalter, Marko Kölbl, Rosa Reitsamer, Fritz Trümpi


The history of music as labour and music labour markets in particular is characterised by manifold processes of institutionalisation, globalisation, digitalisation and collaborations. From the mid-nineteenth century onwards, these processes have steadily increased, involving a range of different actors and institutions such as the music and media industries, music conservatories or community music initiatives that are guided by distinct conventions and shared beliefs (“art worlds”) as well as by frequently conflicting (economic) interests that have also resulted in resistance and power struggles as well as divergent practices. The“production of culture” perspective has been helpful to study these processes with respect to the changing roles of professions and educational institutions, to gatekeepers and to mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion.

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Riffs Vol 3 Issue 2: Music Festivals

Posted: January 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The fiesta was really started. It kept up day and night for seven days. The dancing kept up, the drinking kept up, the noise went on. The things that happened could only have happened during a fiesta. Everything became quite unreal finally and it seemed as though nothing could have any consequences. It seemed out of place to think of consequences during the fiesta. All during the fiesta you had the feeling, even when it was quiet, that you had to shout any remark to make it heard. It was the same feeling about any action. It was a fiesta and it went on for seven days.

 The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway.

We invite you to consider music festivals through this quote from The Sun Also Rises and in relation to notions of liminality, of repetition, the real and the unreal, festival and noise, time and perception.

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