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IASPM Early Career Researcher Conference

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IASPM Early Career Researcher Conference, October 21st 2021

IASPM warmly welcomes papers from emerging academics* for a day-long conference that will take place this coming Autumn. This event aims to bring together scholars with new and exciting ideas to discuss and share their work at the vanguard of popular music studies. There is no restriction on topic area, however applications prioritising new work are strongly encouraged. In particular, we are seeking papers that address current concerns in popular music, such as:

  • gender equity in the music business
  • music and social justice
  • music education and decolonising the curriculum
  • popular music in the digital age
  • music and wellbeing
  • live music and night-time economies post-COVID 19
  • income streams and business models in the music industries
  • popular music and the environment

Abstract submissions of up to 300 words, in addition to a short biography, audiovisual requirements and contact details, should be e-mailed to [email protected] by 4pm (GMT+1) on July 7th 2021. Applicants will be notified with a response by the end of July.

In addition, one scholar will be chosen to present as Keynote. This Keynote lecture will act as IASPM UK & EIRE’s contribution to the IASPM Global Lecture series, and will be broadcast live to delegates across the world. All submissions will be considered for the Keynote, and a shortlist of scholars will then be invited to interview with the conference subcommittee. The scholar chosen will receive a grant of £250 to go towards their ongoing research.

Following the conference, all participants will be subsequently invited to contribute articles to be considered for a special section of the IASPM Journal, building on the themes of their presented work. IASPM journal is a peer-reviewed journal, and submissions will undergo the journal’s quality assurance processes.

If you have any further questions about the event, please e-mail [email protected].

Conference Subcommittee

Dr Alex de Lacey, [email protected]. Goldsmiths, University of London.

Prof. Simon Zagorski-Thomas, [email protected]. London College of Music, UWL

Dr Beate Peter, [email protected]. Manchester Metropolitan University

*An ECR is defined by the committee as an academic researcher who is active within five years of finishing their PhD, currently undertaking a doctorate or who may be an experienced practitioner beginning to engage with research.



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