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Popular Music Studies Today: 19th Biennial IASPM Conference

Posted: March 1st, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

26 June – 30 June 2017
University of Kassel

Popular Music Studies are today a key field of enquiry. Exploring the parameters of research on popular music in contemporary times lies at the centre of the 19th Biennial IASPM Conference. The Executive Committee therefore invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for presentations which engage with a variety of methodologies and perspectives on popular music studies, whether from an academic, professional, practice-based or educational angle. We encourage proposals dealing with one of the following streams:
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2016 IASPM-ANZ Conference: Isolated Musics, Connected Musics

Posted: February 29th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

7-9 December 2016, CQUniversity Mackay

Music exists within space as social practice. In the past, music traditions have been embedded within geographical place; however increasingly we regard distance and space differently than in the past. How do popular musics interact with space? What does the concept of distance or nearness mean in globally connected or disconnected music cultures? What does the advent of technology for ameliorating distance mean for the concept of distance, eg. urban/country, near/far, amateur/professional.

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IASPM UK and Ireland Biennial Conference: Popular Music: Creativity, Practice and Praxis

Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

University of Sussex and the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (Brighton)
8-10 September 2016

Creativity is clearly a vital aspect of popular music and one which may be understood from a variety of perspectives, for example those of educators, composers, musicians, fans, music industry workers and critics. No doubt many of these perspectives overlap, not least for those with a foot in more than one of these camps. At the same time there are divergent opinions of how best to teach, study, theorise or practise creativity and this can hopefully lead to instructive debate.
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IASPM- UK & Ireland Postgraduate Conference 2015: Popular Music Futures

Posted: April 21st, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

Cardiff University School of Music
10-11 September 2015, Cardiff University School of Music

This conference seeks to be an open forum for new and innovative approaches to all aspects of Popular Music Studies as well as an opportunity for the next generation of academics to present to peers.
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Popular Music, Stars and Stardom

Posted: March 5th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM ANZ Branch Conference 2015
School of Music, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, December 4th – 6th 2015

‘Stars’ manifest in popular music literally, conceptually and metaphorically through song lyrics, artist ‘stage names’ and in discourses of economic and/ or mainstream success (Hamlen Jnr., 1991; Holmes, 2004). Stars can be conceptualised as ‘mythic constructs’ (Shuker, 2005) ‘other worldly’ (McLeod, 2003) or associated with fantasy and escapism. As performers, ‘stars’ have been considered as ‘manufactured’ (Franck and Nüesch, 2007) and/ or ‘authentic’ (Zuberi, 2001); as groups of individual artists, such as ‘Superstar DJs’ (Phillips, 2009), or the individual persona, such as ‘Ziggy Stardust’ (Grant, 2000). In recent years, popular music stardom is closely associated to reality television (Frith, 2007), a site of tension between influences of traditional auteur and public ‘star maker’ roles. The portrayal of popular music ‘stars’ on film varies between those in the foreground (Rock Star, 2001), in the background (20 Feet from Stardom, 2013) and those in supporting or ‘behind the scenes’ roles (Muscle Shoals, 2013).

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