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


Posted: January 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

The UTS School of Communication is pleased to host the 2020 International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia and New Zealand branch (IASPM-ANZ) conference.

The conference aims to provoke discussion and debate on hierarchies within popular music. These hierarchies might exist within and between popular music genres and be experienced by artists, audiences and scholars. We refer to these hierarchies as ‘scales’ which can be interpreted in a number of different ways. Scales can refer to the construction of music, or it can mean scales of class, genre, taste and so on.

This three-day conference will run from December 7-9th, 2020 at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia which is situated in a vibrant creative quarter of the city, close to the CBD. The conference will include individual papers and panel sessions, keynote speakers and popular-music themed social events.

Popular Music Scales

The 2020 conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia and New Zealand branch (IASPM-ANZ) will consider scales of popular music from a number of possible perspectives and with a variety of possible viewpoints. We invite papers and panel proposals that consider scales in whichever way is seen as most pertinent, but could include:

  • How popular music is scaled (including audiences and artists)
  • Whether social class has an impact on the types of music created and consumed
  • How the way we teach (in class and in class rooms) effects how we consider popular music and its value
  • Whether certain genres of popular music are associated with specific social classes and scales (i.e., punk and the working class)
  • How popular music artists navigate their way through classed structures – are there now less opportunities for working-class artists to break through the class ceiling?
  • Whether specific classifications point to hierarchies – are certain genres of popular music considered more ‘worthy’ than others?

Popular music scholars are invited to submit abstracts and panel proposals.  The deadline for submissions is March 2nd 2020.

Details about submissions will be available here: https://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/communication/2020-international-association-study-popular-music-anz-conference-1.

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