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Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice

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University of Huddersfield, UK
3rd-5th September 2018

This is a call for papers for a joint conference arranged by four organisations:

  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK & Ireland Branch (IASPM UK&I)
  • Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP)
  • Dancecult: Electronic Dance Music Culture Research Network
  • International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS)

Hosted by the University of Huddersfield, this event will combine the IASPM UK&I Biennial Conference, with the 13th Art of Record Production Conference (ARP), a conference of ISMMS, and feature the additional participation of Dancecult. The theme of the conference is Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Studies Theory and Practice.

A recurrent theme within popular music studies has been discussion of how the field can integrate different disciplines and professions, for example exploring both music and its context; involving both practitioners and researchers; and encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative work. Many different issues make such approaches challenging, and various different popular music focused subject organisations have developed somewhat independently of one another. This conference will bring four such groups together, to exchange knowledge, collaborate, and to encourage crosstalk.

Proposals for presentations, discussion panels and posters are invited that are relevant to recent developments in any of the subject organisations, especially those that explore theory and/or practice. Applications are particularly welcomed that cut across the interests of those involved, and that explore:

  • two of more of: popular music studies; electronic dance music cultures, metal; or record production
  • musicians and researchers
  • music and its contexts
  • popular music theory and practice
  • practice based or practice led research
  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • interprofessional research
  • issues relating to identity or ethnicity
  • gender or sexuality studies that reach across boundaries
  • political developments affecting multiple contexts
  • music industry developments affecting wider musical or cultural contexts
  • technological mediation
  • performative or embodied understandings

Other innovative proposals are welcome that are related to, but not limited to:

  • popular music studies and/or practice
  • record production (interpreted in the broadest sense): the relationships between the production of recorded music and for example practice, business, education, gender and diversity
  • metal music, practice and cultures
  • electronic dance music and its cultures

Organising committee:

IASPM UK&I: Rupert Till
ARP: Katia Isakoff, Shara Rambarran
ISMMS: Karl Spracklen
Dancecult: Graham St. John; Ed Montano
University of Huddersfield: Jan Herbst, Austin Moore, Lisa Colton, Toby Martin, Catherine Haworth, Mark Mynett

Please email proposals stating whether you are offering either:

  • A session (a collection of 3 or 4 papers on a specific subject featuring presenters collected together by the proposer)
  • A paper (20 minutes followed by ten minutes of questions)
  • A poster

Including your name, a subject title, abstract (no more than 250 words), 3-5 keywords, institutional affiliation, email address and mobile phone number.

All presenters will need to be members of either IASPM, ASARP or ISMMS; you must state in your proposal which organisation you are a current member of, or which you intend to join before the conference.

Send your proposal to: [email protected]

Deadline for Submissions: 1st February 2018

Huddersfield is in Northern England, close to Manchester and its airport, and near the M62 motorway. Accommodation will be available in student halls of residence nearby and local hotels/B’n’Bs. The conference fee will be £150 (full price) or £100 (concessions including students). It is anticipated a limited number of bursaries will be offered to support research student applications by IASPM UK&I.

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  1. 1 Lauro Meller said at 11:08 pm on May 27th, 2018:

    Dear colleague,

    I submitted a proposal for the forthcoming event in Huddersfield, but haven’t been notified yet as regards the result. Where could I obtain this info?

    Thank you.

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