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Musical Translations & Transformations

Posted: March 11th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers, IASPM Conferences | Comments Off on Musical Translations & Transformations

International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Australia-Aotearoa/New Zealand
2024 Branch Conference

Dates: Dec 4-6, 2024
Hosts: Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University and Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
Venue: Massey University Pukeahu Campus, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa.
Local Organising Committee: Catherine Hoad, Geoff Stahl, Kimberly Cannady, Oli Wilson

Those who engage with music-making—as teachers, researchers, practitioners, and critics— transform, translate and integrate popular music practices and scholarship across varied contexts. This can be a deliberate political act, taking the form of activism, resistance, negotiation or advocacy. This transformation and translation is also an increasing characteristic within academic research contexts, whereby researchers may be encouraged and/or expected to demonstrate forms of impact and engagement across different communities, sectors, platforms or spaces.

The ability to adapt to and adopt different sorts of literacies and languages presents a number of challenges, but also opportunities for our research and practices. This conference is led by the concepts of transformation and translation, in order to explore where popular music scholarship and practices intersect with and traverse a myriad of social, political, and industrial contexts.

We invite individual papers and panels that address, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Research as advocacy, advocacy as research
  • Intersections of teaching, research and communities
  • Activism and academia
  • Reading, writing, and making for diverse audiences
  • Ethics of music-making, teaching and researching
  • Interfacing with government and industries
  • Technologies of translation, transformative technologies
  • The politics of platforms and de-platforming
  • Transformative research into music, gender and sexuality
  • Critiques of and interventions in hegemonic, colonial positionality in music industries

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words (plus references) to [email protected] by COB, Friday June 7th.

With your abstract, please include your full name, contact details, affiliation, paper title, keywords, and note if you wish to be considered for the IASPM-ANZ postgraduate prize.

*Please note the IASPM-ANZ postgraduate prize is only open to postgraduate students who have not previously won the prize, and who are currently enrolled (i.e. have not been conferred or graduated) at the time of the conference in December 2024.

About the venue:

The conference will be hosted in Te Ara Hihiko, on Massey University’s Pukeahu campus in central Wellington. The campus is in easy walking distance from the city centre with multiple accommodation options nearby and regular bus services.

Te Ara Hihiko is accessible from both Wallace Street and Tasman Street. It is equipped with an elevator that accesses all floors, and accessible bathrooms are available throughout the building. Accessible Parking is able to be booked nearby via prior arrangement.

For further access information, and/or if you have access needs that need meeting, please reach out to us.


Please note you must be a current, paid member of IASPM-ANZ to present at the conference. You can join IASPM-ANZ or renew your membership via https://www.iaspm-anz.com/store.

If you are unsure of your membership status, or you are a member of another IASPM branch, please let our treasurer Pat know ([email protected]).


Further information about programming, accommodation, conference dinner, and activities will be available over the coming weeks.

Wellington will also host the New Zealand Musicological Society conference (at VUW) immediately following IASPM-ANZ, and the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance world conference in January 2025.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any queries – we look forward to seeing you in Wellington!

Ngā mihi,
Catherine, Geoff, Kim, and Oli.