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Popular Music Futures

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

10th and 11th of September 2015, Cardiff University School of Music

The 2015 IASPM UK and Ireland postgraduate conference, to be held at Cardiff University, invites papers exploring Popular Music futures. As technology and the music industries develop, academia is being drawn to examine and predict how Popular Music will develop as an art form and an economic resource. This conference seeks to be an open forum for new and innovative approaches to all aspects of Popular Music Studies as well as invite the opportunity for the next generation of academics to present to peers.

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“What Will Remain of the Eighties?” Popular Music and Jazz in Italy between 1980 and 2000

Posted: November 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

Parma, “Arrigo Boito” Conservatory, 13-14 February 2015

The 1980s and 1990s have been overlooked for a long time in music history studies, in spite of the big technological, economic, social, political changes that took place in those decades: Reaganism and Thatcherism, the fall of the Soviet bloc, globalization, and the gradual dismantling of the welfare state. In music, the 1980s and 1990s brought the development of samplers and computer-based instruments, the creation and mass marketing of digital formats, satellite broadcasts, MTV, hard disk and laptop recording, ‘world music’, and stylistic innovations in many music genres.

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Frames of Listening: Popular Music and Visual Culture

Posted: August 26th, 2014 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

IASPM-Canada 32nd Annual Conference
University of Ottawa – Carleton University, May 27/28 – 30, 2015

“Frames of Listening: Popular Music and Visual Culture” aims at exploring the intersections of sound and images across a range of popular music genres and cultural forms. With the advent of YouTube in 2005 and the proliferation of handheld technologies and social networking sites, musical-visual culture in a variety of forms has become readily accessible to millions worldwide. Even before the digital revolution, musical artists collaborated with visual artists to develop iconic images that had the power to shape identities, to communicate social messages, to strengthen genre affiliations, and to sell records. How do we receive and interpret the intersections of music and moving images in popular music? How do these multi-sensorial artistic expressions do cultural work and shape the world?

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A long way to the top: The production and reception of music in a globalized world

Posted: March 28th, 2014 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 6-7 November 2014
Keynotes by John Street and Fabian Holt

AIM

Once upon a time, a famous rock ‘n’ roll group sang about what it means to play in a music band. In their lyrics they touch upon the role of the music industry (‘getting sold’), the difficulties of a musical career  (‘under-paid’ and ‘getting grey’) and music consumption (‘if you wanna be a star’), while celebrating music for music’s sake. As such, this song addresses many issues in the production and reception of popular music in the contemporary globalized world. Yet, recent developments in the field of music have changed the ‘way to the top’, such as governmental policy on music, the rise of new media, and the growing number of music festivals. Focusing on a select number of interrelated themes, this conference aims to bring together scholars from various countries each with their own perspective to engage in an international exchange of ideas and current research insights about music production and reception.

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Into the Mix: People, Places, Processes

Posted: February 24th, 2014 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | No Comments »

5-7 December 2014
St David Theatre Complex, corner of St David and Cumberland Streets, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Organizing Committee: Jen Cattermole, Henry Johnson and Oli Wilson

The theme of this year’s conference is “Into the Mix”. The “mix” is both literal (referring to various stages in the production of popular music, as well as important creative processes such as sampling, remixing and DJing) and an analogy for all types of musical hybridities and encounters, the fluid nature of musical meanings and musical experiences, and the fluidity or movement of ideas, sounds and peoples. The notion of the “mix” is defined broadly; it might involve popular music production processes, a creative setting, or another space where people, places and processes are foregrounded as part of an interpretive cultural analysis. Contributions might be case-study analyses underpinned by historical, ethnographic or critical enquiry, or focused entirely on theoretical orientations addressing music production, as well as hybridity and related topics.

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