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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.

Papers will be considered that address specifically the theme of the conference in connection with one or more of its broad definitions. Questions and themes paper presenters may wish to address include, but are not limited to:

  • How are mixes interpreted and valued by different people(s) in different places?
  • Which processes (creative, social, economic etc) are involved in creating mixes?
  • What aesthetics underpin the production of mixes or cross-cultural musical collaborations?
  • What are some of the cultural, social, political and/or economic effects of mixes?
  • How are people(s), places and processes represented through the mix?
  • How do movement, process and encounter influence popular music production?
  • How does mixing enable and/or reflect fluidity, hybridity or eclecticism?
  • How might cultural space(s) or place(s) be maintained or (re)constructed in the musical mix?

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Conference Activities

A variety of conference activities are planned, including a jam night and conference dinner. Dunedin has established itself as a key eco-tourism destination, hosting unique natural attractions including an albatross colony, penguin colony and a sea lion colony. It also has a number of acclaimed breweries and top-quality restaurants.


Accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets are available within short walking distance of the conference venue. Numerous places to stay can be found at: http://www.otago.ac.nz/about/accommodation/otago000807.html. It will be expected that most conference delegates will be able to stay within walking distance to the venue.


Dunedin has an international airport with direct flights from major eastern Australian cities, and from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The following public transport options are available to and from the city: a shuttle costs about NZ$25-35 (one way); and a taxi is about NZ$100 (one way).


Earlybird (before 1 October); cut-off for late registration (before 1 November). The conference website will be active mid 2014 for registration.

Date for Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment (Word document, plain text, 12pt Times New Roman font) to [email protected], by 31 May 2014. Please use your surname and initial as the document title, as in “Smith_Z.docx”. Abstracts will be refereed, and successful speakers advised promptly by email. Please submit your proposal with the following information (in this order):

  • Name of author(s) (exactly as you would like it to appear in the program)
  • Institution or affiliation
  • Contact phone number, including international codes
  • Email
  • Consideration for 2013 IASPM-ANZ postgraduate prize?* (Yes/No)
  • Title of paper
  • 3 keywords for your paper (for programming purposes)
  • Abstract (300 words maximum)

*The IAPSM-ANZ postgraduate prize of AUD$250 is awarded to the best postgraduate presenter at the conference, as determined by a panel of established IAPSM-ANZ members. Only current postgraduate students are eligible. Past winners may not apply.

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