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Intersections Between Game Music and Electronic Dance Music

Posted: July 7th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The Journal of Sound and Music in Games: Call for Papers

The Journal of Sound and Music in Games <https://online.ucpress.edu/jsmg/pages/call_for_papers> invites contributions to its first special issue, in which stylistic and cultural intersections will be explored between game music and electronic dance music.

With electronic dance music, we refer to musical styles that are produced and developed by and for DJs and their dancefloors at clubs, raves and festivals (Rietveld, 2018). Game music is understood here as the soundtrack to interactive digital video and arcade games, in which the musical outcome exists in a dynamic relationship with the game play. Such nonlinearity may also be identified in how the dance DJ interacts with the dancefloor, selecting a set from a range of musical recordings.

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Really Popular? – Criteria of the Popularity of Music

Posted: June 23rd, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Yearbook “Lied und Populäre Kultur / Song and Popular Culture” of the Center for Popular Culture and Music, Vol. 67 (2022), ed. by Knut Holtsträter

When is music truly popular? Which criteria apply to different subject areas like classic pop, popular song or popular music? When is popular music not popular (any more)? Which historical, social, economic, and aesthetic conditions must be fulfilled for music to be considered popular? How can popularity be measured? The term “popular” is always associated with a quantitative and qualitative evaluation. This yearbook seeks to question the “popular” in music resp. the popularity of music as a claim to reality, though the discussion is not limited to so-called pop music alone but comprises all kinds of popular music, entertainment music, film and video game music and music on the (theatre) stage, as well as any kind of music that is not covered by the genre discourse of popular music, such as (Western) art music or concert music, folk music and folk song, and others – for these, too, raise the question of the “right” popularity.

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Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 

Posted: June 22nd, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture is now accepting submissions for volume 26 (2022). The journal is particularly interested in work that provides a critical perspective on music and/or sound, and in work that considers the role of gender, sexuality, race, citizenship, class, or other cultural and social factors in the production, circulation, historicization, or consumption of music. Women & Music is an annual publication, published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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Global Hip Hop Studies Special Issue

Posted: June 10th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Global Hip Hop Studies Special Issue: ‘It’s Where You’re @: Hip Hop and the Internet’

Guest coedited by Raquel Campos and Steven Gamble

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Abstracts: 12 July 2021
Full articles: 22 October 2021

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IASPM Early Career Researcher Conference

Posted: May 27th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM Early Career Researcher Conference, October 21st 2021

IASPM warmly welcomes papers from emerging academics* for a day-long conference that will take place this coming Autumn. This event aims to bring together scholars with new and exciting ideas to discuss and share their work at the vanguard of popular music studies. There is no restriction on topic area, however applications prioritising new work are strongly encouraged. In particular, we are seeking papers that address current concerns in popular music, such as:

  • gender equity in the music business
  • music and social justice
  • music education and decolonising the curriculum
  • popular music in the digital age
  • music and wellbeing
  • live music and night-time economies post-COVID 19
  • income streams and business models in the music industries
  • popular music and the environment

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