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Big Sounds from Small Places

Posted: October 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM Canada Annual Conference 2020 Call For Papers
Cape Breton University: Sydney, Nova Scotia
12 – 14 June 2020
Submission Deadline: 15 December 2019

As we enter into a new decade it’s apt to question our place in the world. Almost sixty years ago, Marshall McLuhan notably coined the term Global Village to refer to the global spread of media content and consumption, and yet Canada still struggles with its position in the world as an imposing landmass with a relatively small population, and how that influences where and how its cultural texts are encountered. This conference seeks to address the concept of voice and sound as tied to space and place, in the broadest sense. In regards to popular music in Canada, we have established a strong identity, but one that is often defined in opposition to our more vocal neighbours to the South. As we continuously define and redefine Canadian cultural identity, and cultural outputs, this conference questions how our musical landscape has historically adapted, and will continue to adapt, to an increasingly globalized environment.

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15th IASPM UK and Ireland Biennial Conference: London Calling

Posted: October 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

London College of Music, University of West London, 3rd – 5th September 2020

In 1992, Allan Moore hosted the 2nd IASPM UK & Ireland conference at the Polytechnic of West London. 28 years later the conference returns to the same building – now the University of West London. As one of the key focal points of 20th and 21st century popular music practice, London has not only projected its musical voices all over the world but has also been a hub for incoming influences that have stimulated a rich and vast array of new musical cultures. The 2020 IASPM UK & Ireland conference seeks to use this amazing heritage to provoke discussion about this and many other subjects. In addition, we are aiming to continue the recent trend for weaving popular music practice and music business and management into the IASPM tapestry. And this practice-based specialism harks back to another key figure in the academic world of music, Christopher Small, who also taught in the same building until 1986 and who coined the term musicking.

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IASPM Benelux Conference

Posted: October 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

University of Antwerp, Belgium, 14 – 16 May 2020

RE-peat, please!

According to the online Cambridge Dictionary, the prefix ‘re-’ stands for “do again” or “returning something to its original state”.

These two letters can be used in various combinations, many of which relate to core issues of pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, dance, and many other genres.

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RE-peat, please!

Posted: September 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM Benelux International Conference at the University of Antwerp, Belgium
14 – 16 May 2020

According to the online Cambridge Dictionary, the prefix ‘re-’ stands for “do again” or “returning something to its original state”.

These two letters can be used in various combinations, many of which relate to core issues of pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, dance, and many other genres.

Consider the centrality of the record, a technological tool that allows reproduction, recreation, and ultimately re-evaluation.

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Publication of Crosstown Traffic Conference Presentations

Posted: August 13th, 2019 | Filed under: IASPM Conferences, News | No Comments »

In September 2018, the University of Huddersfield hosted the IASPM UK and Ireland branch conference, collaborating with international research groups, ASARP, ISMMS, and Dancecult. We have now put online 131 presentations from the conference, as videos, mostly featuring powerpoint/keynote slides with speaking over the top. Please feel free to watch them, use them in teaching, post, embed, advertise or share them. We think this is an interesting model for conference publication, and the YouTube materials are citable publications in their own right. However we encouraged presenters to publish their papers in IASPM Journal, Dancecult Journal, Metal Music Studies Journal, or Art of Record Production Journal, as journal articles carry more weight than conference presentations.

You can view the presentations on this youtube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6UFkwpLwtkUz0HQ197kTsypPLaEntDTQ

And you can embed the playlist using this code. It includes keynote lectures by Franco Fabbri, Anne Danielsen, and record producer Andrew Scheps (producer of Metallica, Adele, Red Hot Chilli Peppers etc.