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

Musical Translations & Transformations

Posted: March 11th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | Comments Off on Musical Translations & Transformations

International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Australia-Aotearoa/New Zealand
2024 Branch Conference

Dates: Dec 4-6, 2024
Hosts: Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University and Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
Venue: Massey University Pukeahu Campus, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa.
Local Organising Committee: Catherine Hoad, Geoff Stahl, Kimberly Cannady, Oli Wilson

Those who engage with music-making—as teachers, researchers, practitioners, and critics— transform, translate and integrate popular music practices and scholarship across varied contexts. This can be a deliberate political act, taking the form of activism, resistance, negotiation or advocacy. This transformation and translation is also an increasing characteristic within academic research contexts, whereby researchers may be encouraged and/or expected to demonstrate forms of impact and engagement across different communities, sectors, platforms or spaces.

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Building Collective Futures: Communities Thriving Through Music

Posted: February 29th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | Comments Off on Building Collective Futures: Communities Thriving Through Music

IASPM Canada Annual Conference 2024: Call for Papers
University of Regina: Regina, Saskatchewan
September 27-29, 2024
Submission deadline: 1 April, 2024

Submit proposals through: https://forms.gle/qVgRUoGyF1frMcX98

We live in a time of uncertainty: multiple theatres of war and conflict, refugee movements across the globe, rampant technological change, political polarization, cultural upheaval, and a global climate crisis threaten individual and collective futures at every turn. At this unprecedented point in time, how can we envision and build thriving, alternative futures? And for whom? Does Canada have a special place in all of this: how do we transition from the inequities of our past relationships (to Indigenous populations and to the earth) to building respectful, inclusive, and sustainable futures? What role(s) does popular music play in such projects? Is it sometimes, also, a part of the problem? How does digitality help or hinder efforts to elevate humanity through musicking? How do new methodologies provide insight in changing times? How are musicians working collectively to build thriving futures?

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Metadata: Popular Music and its Metamorphoses

Posted: January 24th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | Comments Off on Metadata: Popular Music and its Metamorphoses

The German-speaking branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music is pleased to announce its biennial conference, which will take place at the University of Zurich from 07-09 November 2024.

In recent years, the term metadata has evolved from a technical IT term to a commonplace and buzzword referring to fundamental cultural semantics and technological dynamics of the present – also and particularly regarding popular music. In the context of digital systems, machine learning (AI), ubiquitous internet availability in the global North, streaming possibilities, etc., “data about data” and the labelling of other data are of considerable importance for the infrastructures of popular music. At the same time, they also affect the production side because genre boundaries and other conventions are shifting – and act as a heuristic starting point for attempts to intellectually explore and criticise respective processes. Streaming services and their music recommendation algorithms are a prime example for the current significance of metadata. Musicologists and scholars of cultural studies have recently increasingly studied such digital systems and their effects. Both ethnographically and using quantitative methods, substantial insights have been gained into the technical (infra)structures, ideologies, and redistribution effects in the environment of platform capitalism – although many (research) questions remain unanswered.

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Place, Perspective and Popular Music

Posted: December 12th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

Venue: International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University
Date: 4-6 September 2024
Format: In-person

Theme: Place, Perspective and Popular Music

For this meeting of the UK and Ireland branch of IASPM, we invite colleagues to consider the fruitful relationships between music, place and perspective. Our use of these terms is intended to encourage discussion around how, where and when we situate our work in the broad discipline (and multiple subdisciplines) of popular music studies as we understand it here and now as well as then and there.

Place is physically located, for example in the spaces and places it represents, in the locations it emerges from and travels to, and in the material aspects of live music ‘ecologies’ – relations between venues, transport routes and their polities, the physical spaces in which recorded music is produced – institutional and domestic). Place is also imagined – both backwards (through nostalgia, tradition and memory) and forwards (through planning, urban and rural policies, ‘placemaking’, cultural initiatives).

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Human and More-than-Human Entanglements:  Popular Music Performance, Education, and Technologies

Posted: September 18th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

Location: Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University, Thailand
Dates: 25-27 July 2024
Organisers: International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Southeast Asia and Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group

Currently, there is a wealth of research on how humans engage with each other in popular music. However, less has been explored in popular music studies regarding interactions with non-human or more-than-human entities. The more-than-human is understood as one that is both internally and externally experienced, with an emphasis on positionality within and beyond the human body. In music studies, explorations of the more-than-human can be observed in the growing interdisciplinary fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, ecomusicology and multispecies ethnography (Allen, 2013; Titon, 2013; Allen & Dawe, 2016) – especially that of indigenous sonic worlds, traditional music, and current discourses on virtual world(s). As such, this call poses the following query: How does Southeast Asian popular music directly deal with more-than-human relationships as a fundamental part of being in the world alongside producing and performing strategies of place-making and musicking?

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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.

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XXII Biennial IASPM International Conference

Posted: September 5th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
June 26–30, 2023

Theme: Popular Music in Crisis

It is not hyperbolic to claim that crisis characterizes the state of the world in the 2020s. The COVID-19 virus still rages across the globe. In many countries, this public health crisis intersects with a crisis of political legitimacy caused by increased polarization and the rise of right-wing populism. The refusal of many to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19 has led to the continuing spread of the disease. Elsewhere, similar dynamics are exacerbated by lack of effective vaccines, little-to-no capacity to make them, and the hesitancy of wealthier countries to distribute vaccines beyond their national borders. An ever smaller number of people control most of the world’s wealth as the gap between the wealthy and the poor has become a seemingly unbridgeable chasm. The ongoing crisis of climate change manifests in many ways: increasingly dangerous storms, displaced populations, out-of-control fires, financial and material devastation, rising sea levels, and more, unfortunately exacerbated by politics and the destructive impact of late capitalism. Wars, civil and otherwise, have also increased the numbers of migrants whose home countries are devastated but who are not welcomed elsewhere, leading to a crisis of the displaced and, with the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine compounding continued struggles in Afghanistan, Israel-Palestine, Syria, and many other regions, heightened tension between global powers that at times evokes the Cold War. The rise of neo-fascism has accompanied the return of dangerous nationalisms that attempt to disenfranchise certain members of society, often by race, gender, and sexuality, while reinforcing existing social and racial constructions. Other crises abound, as white supremacy rises again in North America and Europe, women’s rights are under attack in various repressive regimes across the globe, and we learn of human rights abuses perpetrated during military crises and civil unrest.

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Opening Up: Reconnecting, Remixing, Remastering 

Posted: March 16th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM-ANZ 2022 Conference: Call for Papers

Conference Dates: Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th December 2022  

Venue: RMIT University City Campus, Latrobe St Melbourne and online

Organising Committee: Catherine Strong, Shelley Brunt, Ian Rogers, Tami Gadir, Sebastian Diaz-Gasca, Olivia Guntarik 

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2022 IASPM-ANZ conference, to be held at the City Campus of RMIT University.

There will also be options for online presentations for members who cannot attend in person.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Opening Up: Reconnecting, Remixing, Remastering’. The last two years have seen a complete upheaval to the music world that we study, and to our own lives as educators in this field. As we restart, we invite papers that consider any aspects of how popular music and popular music studies have responded to a changed world, including examinations of what might not have changed. Questions that might be considered include: 

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Challenge and Change in Popular Music

Posted: November 8th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

The 2022 IASPM-UK/Ireland Branch Conference
Liverpool, August 31st – September 2nd


Conference Themes

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social and economic crises, proposals are invited for papers that respond to contemporary global challenges and changes. Whether informed by the experiences of individuals, cities, nations or global communities, papers might respond to:

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Starting Over? Popular Music and Working in Music in a Post-Pandemic World

Posted: September 1st, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

May 22-25, 2022

IASPM-Canada and the Working in Music research network (WIM) invite abstracts for their joint 2022 conference, to be held at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada.

The IASPM/WIM 2022 joint conference welcomes scholarly research from all disciplines that engages with the changing contexts of musical practice experience—music making, the circulation of music, musical pedagogy and fandom, music and social movements, and various other dimensions of musical engagement—playing, dancing, streaming, listening.

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