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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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Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice

Posted: November 1st, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »


University of Huddersfield, UK
3rd-5th September 2018

This is a call for papers for a joint conference arranged by four organisations:

  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK & Ireland Branch (IASPM UK&I)
  • Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP)
  • Dancecult: Electronic Dance Music Culture Research Network
  • International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS)

Hosted by the University of Huddersfield, this event will combine the IASPM UK&I Biennial Conference, with the 13th Art of Record Production Conference (ARP), a conference of ISMMS, and feature the additional participation of Dancecult. The theme of the conference is Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Studies Theory and Practice.

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Gathering Diversities, Sounding Justice

Posted: October 2nd, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM-Canada Annual Conference
University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
May 27-29, 2018

Submission deadline:  November 30, 2017

The 2018 IASPM-CA annual conference will take place at the University of Regina from May 27-29 in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which has announced “Gathering Diversities” as its theme (the Congress theme is described at https://www.uregina.ca/congress2018/theme.html). In conversation with this broader theme, IASPM-CA encourages participants to explore questions concerning popular music, its aims and claims regarding diversity, and its impact in promoting equity in a wide range of contexts and scenes. Diversity has long been a stated goal for institutions, organizations, and communities of all types, yet diversity remains a complex and contested issue, particularly in the field of popular music. To what extent does popular music productively model and promote diversity, and to what extent does diversity extend beyond surface appearances to institutional structures? To what extent is diversity in itself a laudable goal if not accompanied by equity and social justice? How do popular music and popular music studies either promote or impede diversity, equity, and social justice?

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2017 IASPM Postgraduate Student Conference

Posted: July 17th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

Dear colleagues,

I’m delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2017 IASPM UK&I Postgraduate Students’ Conference on the theme ‘Negotiating Popular Music’. This two-day conference takes as its starting point the position that encounters with popular music involve a dialogue between varied forces and agencies. It offers an opportunity for research students to come together to interrogate these myriad interactions with popular music as analysts, makers, tastemakers, and so on.

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Mixing Pop and Politics: Subversion, Resistance and Reconciliation in Popular Music

Posted: March 7th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM-ANZ 2017 Conference
December 4-6, 2017
Massey University, Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Forty years ago, the story goes, punk broke. Not for the first time, and not the last. History provides us with ample examples of the power of popular music to speak to, through, and against various political moments. The contemporary situation also offers countless opportunities to explore how popular music revisits, reconstitutes, rewrites and reconciles itself to this past. At the same time, it also points to new directions informed by the complicated position popular music occupies in relation to the shifting paradigms of power in which we currently find ourselves. This IASPM-ANZ conference aims to explore the complex politics of resistance, subversion, containment and reconciliation from now and then, as well as points in-between.

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