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Keep it Simple, Make it Fast! Underground Music Scenes and DIY Cultures

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9-11 July 2014

Venues: Faculdade de Letras | Universidade do Porto | Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal

The Conference Organizing Committee hereby announces its “Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! Underground music scenes and DIY cultures Conference” which will take place in Porto from 9 July to 11 July 2014. The organisation of the conference will be undertaken by the Research Project Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! (PTDC/CS-SOC/118830/2010). The Call for Papers of this conference is open for presentations to all core areas of sociology and social sciences. The Conference Organizing Committee invite experienced and young scholars from various disciplines to participate in the conference. The Conference Organizing Committee would like the participants to know that the selected papers from the conference will be published in an edited collection by an international publisher.


Presentations can be related to the following themes:

  • Social theory developments and complexities in music, arts, youth and urban cultures.
  • Historicity, genealogy and diachrony of musical scenes.
  • Meanings, identities, urban cultures and youth cultures.
  • Aging and gender in the musical underground scenes.
  • Urban spaces, musical scenes and new social movements.
  • Musical scenes and social networks.
  • Heritage, memories and artifacts.
  • DIY Careers: social and professional pathways.
  • Style, aesthetics and corporality.
  • Markets, borders, memorabilia and retromania.
  • Artistic creation and underground musical scenes.
  • New social inclusion dynamics through music and underground practices.
  • Social and cognitive effects of music and underground scenes: aesthetic experience, ethics, coding and decoding.
  • Music and arts for social transformation, arts in communities and arts as part of urban culture.


The abstracts must be written in English, have approximately 250 words, and include 3-5 keywords. The abstracts must be sent together with a short curriculum note of the authors (100 words). Please submit your abstract and full contact details as an electronic file no later than Wednesday, 15 January 2014. Send the abstract to [email protected]. The deadline for notification of acceptance of abstracts is Saturday, 15 February 2014.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by email ([email protected]).

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