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Déan é tú féin – DIY Music and Music Culture in Ireland

Posted: January 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

1 day Symposium
Date: 3rd April, 2020
Venue: School of Media Technological University Dublin
Submission Deadline: 20th January 2020

DIY music has a long history of credibility and success on the island of Ireland. From the Dublin punk scenes of the 1980’s and the Cork scene of the 1990’s to the fact the number one selling album of all time in Ireland was the front room produced White Ladder. From peace-work in the context of the Northern Irish Troubles to the sites of recent feminist struggles, DIY artists have often adopted a strong political stance and engaged in meaningful activist work through consciousness raising activities that have contributed to social change on the island of Ireland. DIY music culture in Ireland has exploded in recent years due to the proliferation of new technology and it remains a site for social and sonic experimentation affording diverse and new voices the opportunity to be heard. This symposium aims to bring together disparate voices to explore some of the myriad ways in which DIY culture has impacted Irish popular music.

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Symposium: Music Studies on a Damaged Planet: Sound Responses to Environmental Breakdown

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Supported by the Institute of Musical Research (RHUL)
Senate House, London, 27th March 2020

If, as activist Greta Thunberg says, the only response to climate crisis is to ‘act as if our house is on fire’, where does this leave music studies? Music scholars, like the wider academy and society at large, have struggled to respond to the climate emergency and environmental breakdown. And while nature and the environment have been mounting thematic concerns in some recent work, the scale and complexity of the current ecological crisis and the urgent need for widespread systemic change raise questions about the roles and responsibilities of music scholarship as a whole. If we must now find ways to live on a damaged planet (Tsing, Swanson, Gan and Bubandt 2017), environmental breakdown is no longer simply a topic with which some music scholars choose to engage; rather, it is one of the conditions in which music studies operates.

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Global South Popular Music Perspectives

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Date: Friday 28 February, 2020

Presentations from 9am to 5pm at the Garden Building, Bowen Street (above Streat Café), RMIT, with lunch provided, followed by DJ/VJ event at Loop Project Space & Bar featuring symposium participants.

Seeking papers from researchers to be presented on popular music-making and performance from the perspective of the ‘Global South’.  We are also soliciting presentations from musicians, producers, DJs, and sound system operators.

Submit abstracts of 300 words to: [email protected] by 15 January 2020

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Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference 2020: Leisure Pasts, Presents and Futures

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Manchester Metropolitan University
7-9 July 2020
Birley Campus

The Leisure Studies Association is delighted to open the first call for abstracts for its annual conference in 2020, including a special stream on music and sound in leisure spaces.

The conference offers the opportunity to explore leisure from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and to learn from industry and policy practitioners.

In 2020, its core theme is leisure pasts, presents and futures. Presenters and delegates are thus invited to consider:

  • How has leisure been constructed, understood and enacted over time?
  • What role does leisure play in addressing societal challenges today?
  • How can the past inform the present in terms of leisure practice, policy and research?
  • What are the future trends in policy, practice and research?
  • Where and when do we make space for leisure in 2020?

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Call for Chapters for Edited Collection on Psychedelic Music

Posted: December 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

This edited collection aims to bring together academic work on all kinds of psychedelic music, whether rock, folk, electronic or pop and would make an important contribution to an emerging field. For the purpose of this collection psychedelic music is conceptualized broadly: it can be music that imparts feelings of disorientation, temporal distortion, sensory overload or shift in perceptual frame, similar to those experienced with the use of psychoactive substances; music composed for the specific purpose of facilitating altered states; it can also be any music which accompanies and complements psychoactive substance use, whether widely considered psychedelic, or not.

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