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In the Beginning, Duke: The Three-Day Ellington Summit

Posted: January 31st, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

25–27 May 2018

The 25th International Duke Ellington Study Group Conference, organized by the Duke Ellington Society UK, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Birmingham City University School of Media.

Over the course of the twentieth century, Duke Ellington was canonized as one of the key figures in 20th century American music. However, his influence reaches beyond jazz into almost every significant form of artistic expression. This conference invites speakers to reappraise the aesthetic, social and political impact of Ellington, his orchestra, his compositions and collaborators. Through consideration of Ellington as a global phenomenon, we seek to interrogate the narratives that have shaped the written history of jazz and the frameworks through which popular music has been viewed. The conference aims to forge a new beginning for Ellington studies, which collides traditional academic research with performance-based analysis and methodologies drawn from across the humanities.
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MUSICAL FREESPACE: Towards a radical politics of musical spaces and musical citizenship

Posted: January 22nd, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 September 2018 in Venice, Italy.

FOLLOW-ON EVENTS: Venice and Chioggia – Friday 14 September, Saturday 15 and
Sunday 16 September 2018

The 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale has the concept of “Freespace” as its principal theme.

We invite musicologists, architects, urbanists and migration activists to join us in Venice for a “fringe” conference running alongside the Biennale. Our intention is to add to the “Freespace” agenda important questions of musical citizenship, and a radical politics of musical spaces, in relation to music, song and dance. We feel that the matter is pressing at a time when, all across the world, music, song and dance are increasingly constrained by the interests of power and commerce.

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(E)valuating Transnational Music Practices: Space, Diversity, and Exchange

Posted: January 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »
June 14 & June 15, 2018, at the Senatssaal (Mercatorhaus), University of Duisburg-Essen (Campus Duisburg)

Music extends and goes beyond enclosed spaces both physically and metaphorically. As complex phenomena, music practices are hardly to be confined by borders of any kind. At the same time, there is little doubt that music is strongly connected to notions of origin or ancestry, ideas of the sacred, to certain places, political claims, aesthetic norms, or economic exchange. In contexts like these, music practices are rendered and thus (e)valuated and categorized. We suggest building on these opposing tensions within music practices in general and discussing in particular the valuation and evaluation of diversity, space and exchange in transnational music practices. While scholarly research in the fields of transnational culture (Glick Schiller & Meinhof 2011) and (e)valuation studies (Lamont 2012; Kjellberg 2013) have received growing attention in recent years, their overlapping in academic research on music still promises interesting insights.

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The Future of Live Music

Posted: January 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Central Lancashire,  Thursday 7th June 2018

The development and mass manufacture of audio technology in the 20th century accelerated the commodification of music that had developed in the 19th century through the growing market for sheet music. From the post-world war 2 period to the end of the century the term ‘music industry’ could almost be taken as being synonymous with the recording industry.  However, more recently, in the wake of digital technologies, the value of the recording has arguably plummeted, both in terms of the financial reward it offers to artists and in the cultural capital it offers consumers.

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Popular Music & Society: Special Issue on Regional and Rural Popular Music Scenes

Posted: January 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Guest-edited by Andy Bennett, David Cashman, and Natalie Lewandowski

Popular Music and Society invites article proposals for a special issue on Regional and Rural Popular Music Scenes.  There is now an established body of literature on popular music scenes (see, for example, Straw, “Systems of Articulation, Logics of Change: Scenes and Communities in Popular Music”; Shank, Dissonant Identities; Bennett and Peterson, Music Scenes: Local, Translocal and Virtual).  Significantly, however, this literature is heavily centered on the urban metropolitan experience of music scenes or “music cities.”  While such work is clearly important in understanding the cultural and economic importance of music, the dominance of this metro-centric approach also serves to further detract attention from regional and rural spaces and places, the latter also providing important settings for the production, performance, and consumption of popular music (Waitt and Gibson, “The Spiral Gallery: Non-Market Creativity and Belonging in an Australian Country Town”).  This special issue will bring together a series of papers that will offer new insights regarding both the distinctive contributions made by regional and rural music scenes in the contemporary world and their connections to national and transnational networks of popular music production, performance, and consumption.

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