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Legacies and Prospects: The Pasts and Futures of Popular Music

Posted: October 31st, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM-Canada Annual Conference
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
May 24-26, 2019

For those interested in the study of popular music, the year 2019 provides a juncture to consider both the future and the past. We are on the threshold of the third decade of the twenty-first century, and can expect new and ongoing shifts in the technology, artistry, business, politics, and mediation of music and popular culture. Historically, this year marks several milestones:

  • 20 years since peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing disrupted long-established business models for the distribution and sale of music commodities
  • 40 years since the first commercially-released hip hop recording (Sugarhill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight”), a revolutionary new style that continues to define popular music’s present
  • 50 years since the Woodstock and Altamont festivals, seen by many as watershed events in the post-war history of popular music.

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Musical Cities: Music, Historiography, and Myth

Posted: July 14th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States chapter invites proposals for its 2019 conference. The meeting, which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 7-10, 2019, will feature the theme “Musical Cities: Music, Historiography, and Myth.” We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels (up to four individuals) on any aspect of popular music, especially proposals on the musical cultures of New Orleans; music in and of the global and local South; and music and race and resistance.

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Popular x Traditional

Posted: June 19th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

11-13 January 2019, RUANG Think City, Kuala Lumpur

Deadline for abstracts: 31 August 2018

The IASPM-SEA Conference (IASPM-SEA 2019), hosted by RUANG Think City, will take place on Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January 2019 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This international conference will feature research and performances about the interaction, convergence and contestation of popular music with traditional music in Southeast Asia. We also welcome proposals of / from / on any region that relate to the conference theme or subthemes.

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Turns and Revolutions in Popular Music Studies

Posted: May 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

XX Biennial IASPM Conference
School of Music, The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia, 24–28 June 2019

As certain songsters and songstresses have noted, seasons turn, turn, turn, even if you are talking about a revolution. While global warming alters seasonal cycles with the aid of neoliberal and (pseudo)socialist forms of capitalism, and waves of societal turmoil follow each other with varying degrees of authoritarianism in different parts of the world, popular music studies remains committed to critical enquiry of music of the masses, the everyday, a variety of subcultures, the megastars, all with their revolutionary potential. Faced with the increasing worldwide austerity in the humanities and social sciences, caused by short-sighted research funding policies that purportedly aim at revolutionary technological and business innovations, popular music studies also struggles with its future directions. Whither popular music studies and where to turn?

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“Playing Along”: Music, Participation, and Everyday Life

Posted: February 15th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM-ANZ 2018 Conference December 3-5, 2018
Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)
Hamilton, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Music exists in all aspects of our lives. It provides us with company; it is a part of rituals and celebrations; it creates dialogues with visual images through films and games; indeed, other media turn to music to stimulate sensations, affects, even tastes and smells. People participate in music, they play along, they accompany, they are accompanied, and thereby they may gain skills, knowledge, pleasure, companionship and so on. Music provides the means for performing and creating identities, which could relate to gender, culture or other identifiers. And through playing along, when we respond to rhythms and sounds with gestures, we might say we are also creating the music itself.

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