Welcome to The International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch

Diversity in Popular Music Spheres

Posted: April 19th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM-Australia/New Zealand
University of Auckland and Wintec | Te Pūkenga
Tāmaki-Makaurau (Auckland) and Kirkiriroa (Hamilton), Aotearoa
5-8 December 2023

Popular music has long existed as a space for the sharing and fostering of marginalised voices and stories, despite its equal position as a hegemonic economic and cultural tool of capitalism and Western imperialism. This conference invites papers on popular music and popular music studies that consider or celebrate aspects of non-mainstream politics, identities, creatives and practices; as well as interrogating the power structures related to our field that emerge from patriarchal white, cisgender, heterosexual and ableist ideologies and values. We especially look for work around indigenous studies, gender and queer studies, disability studies and colonialism or any other intersectional perspectives, in relation to any aspect of popular music consumption, production and people.

Questions that might be considered include:

  • How are popular music artists engaging with topics and themes of raced, colonial and gendered power structures?
  • How does popular music sonically represent diverse voices and experiences?
  • What does diversity look like in popular music education?
  • How can popular music academia support and grow indigenous, queer and/or disabled student cohorts, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels?
  • What role can technology and social media play in enabling and promoting diverse and/or marginalised voices and practices in popular music fields?
  • What does diversity and diverse practices, methodologies and pedagogies mean to popular music scholars and practitioners?
  • How can we rethink and diversify popular music canons, including those codified by IASPM itself?

The committee will also accept abstracts on other topics relating to popular music.


This year’s IASPM-ANZ conference is being hosted by both the University of Auckland and Wintec | Te Pūkenga. The conference will begin with a welcome event at the University of Auckland campus in Tāmaki-Makaurau on Tuesday 5 December before collectively moving south later that day to Kirikiriroa for the main conference activities.


Presentations may take the following forms:
– 20-minute individual paper
– 60-minute themed panel comprising 3-4 speakers
Presentations will be delivered primarily in-person with a select number of sessions allowing for online presentations.


Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to [email protected]. Panel proposals should include an abstract for each speaker and may include a brief thematic overview if necessary
Abstracts should be in Word or PDF format with the paper title as the file name.
On a separate page please include: name, affiliation, up to five keywords, and 50-word bio.
Abstracts are due by 5pm NZT Friday 2 June 2023. Speakers will be notified of acceptance by 3 July 2023.

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