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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.

We invite proposals from academics, practitioners, artists and policy makers to examine topics ranging from, but not exclusive to:

  • The role of DIY Music in Ireland and beyond
  • Historical narratives of DIY music culture
  • Music Production in a DIY context
  • DIY to commercial success
  • Diverse voices in Music – class, gender, race, queer identities.
  • Minority DIY Scenes including language
  • Social Justice and Activism
  • DIY spaces
  • Soundsystem culture
  • Music Distribution

The symposium aims for a small selection of individual papers alongside panel discussions. The panels involve one or more opening statements (5-10 minutes), followed by longer discussions including questions and comments from the audience. Individual paper presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes. However, we also welcome proposals for alternative presentation formats in artistic research as well as suggestions of additional themes and topics. Experienced academics as well as emerging researchers are encouraged to contribute.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words for individual presentations or 500 words for panels, in addition to a short bio of 50 words per presenter. Abstracts should include the title of the paper/ session; name(s), affiliation(s); and technical requirements. Abstracts should be submitted to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=diy2020 by 20th January 2020. The organising committee will endeavour to notify all proposers of abstracts of their decision by 27th  January.

Any queries can be emailed to [email protected]

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