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Rock, Activism and Liberation (1950-2020)

Posted: April 18th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Rock, Activism and Liberation (1950-2020)

International conference organised by Jean-Christophe Aplincourt, Pascal Dupuy and Joann Élart
Université de Rouen Normandie, GRHis – Le 106
12-14 March 2025

In the collective consciousness, Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) represents the embodiment of a musician fighting social and economic injustices. One of the most renowned singers of the first half of the twentieth-century, Guthrie, in a testament to his conviction of the power of music and lyrics, inscribed on his guitar, “This machine kills fascists.” John Steinbeck even associated him with the spirit of freedom and resistance that animates the American people. The reality, as revealed to us by his biographers, suggests a musician whose progressive ideological commitment needs to be partially tempered. Nevertheless, despite his ambiguities, he represents a singer who, through his words, courageously expressed his convictions against oppression and in favor of freedom of expression. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly for rock fans, he was the artist who inspired Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen in the United States and Joe Strummer (known as Woody during his pre-Clash years) in the United Kingdom, three emblematic figures of the politically engaged musician of the last third of the twentieth century. Similarly, though more discreetly, there have been a number of bands / singer-songwriters who have displayed support for right-wing and/or extremist ideologies. A tradition of political commitment from various ideological perspectives animates rock music and can be traced back to individual charismatic musicians from the past. This tradition is constantly being reified, renewed, and reshaped by new generations of musicians.

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Musicology Matters Today

Posted: April 18th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Musicology Matters Today

Saturday 7th — Monday 9th December, 2024
New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī,
Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
Keynote address: Emeritus Professor Peter Walls
Public concert opportunity: Orchestra Wellington, “A Modern Hero”
Deadline for proposals: Sunday 26th May, 2024

The past few years have been challenging for musicology in New Zealand and around the world. This conference aims to affirm the importance of musicology and establish credible pathways for its future. Questions related to the conference theme might include:

  • How is musicology in Aotearoa promoting knowledge and rewards for performers, composers, and listeners?
  • How can tertiary music programmes articulate their worth in non-financial terms?
  • What new pedagogical and research approaches might widen musicology’s appeal and contribution?
  • How is musicology moving forward in its research involving place, race and gender?
  • How might musicology’s engagement with the past be reconceptualised in forward-looking terms?
  • How is musicology building its relevance to other musical and broader disciplines and practices? How can these relationships be deepened?
  • What challenges does musicology face in an increasingly digital and online world, especially given the social and physical foundations of music and its performance?

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C21MP Conference 2024

Posted: April 18th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on C21MP Conference 2024

The 21st Century Music Practice Research Network’s 2024 Two Day Conference is on Mon & Tue, 9th & 10th September 2024 at the Townshend Studio, University of West London, St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, London W5 5RF.

2024’s C21MP network event is themed around Pete Townshend’s long-term loan to UWL of his extraordinary collection of commercially produced electronic musical instruments. Presenters who wish to use one or more of the instruments from UWL’s Townshend Studio in their video or in the session should contact the organisers to discuss the possibilities (see list of instruments below).

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Re/Presenting Europe and Europeans in Twentieth Century Media – A critical examination

Posted: April 18th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Re/Presenting Europe and Europeans in Twentieth Century Media – A critical examination

TMG Journal for Media History. Special Issue – Re/Presenting Europe Project

Guest Editorial Collective: Dr. Rachel Gillett, Dr. Gijs van Campenhout, Dr. Jacco van Sterkenburg, Isabella Hall Allen, Dastan Abdali, Jan Bant, Lis Camelia.

This special issue of TMG – Journal for Media History examines how historical practices of racialisation structure representations of Europe, Europeanness and belonging in the domain of popular culture. Mainstream media, by which we mean state-sponsored and dominant commercial and publicly accessible radio and television, and widespread print media genres such as newspapers and magazines, have produced and circulated dominant representations of who is European and has a rightful place in Europe. Although the domain of popular culture promises egalitarian and democratic representation, in practice, mainstream coverage of major sporting fixtures and popular music has historically offered simplistic or stereotyping portrayals of the complex and differentiated “othered” groups that contribute to European culture. We, therefore, invite submissions that re-examine media representations of popular culture through a critical lens.

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Musical Sustainabilities

Posted: April 18th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Musical Sustainabilities

18–19 November 2024, Seinäjoki, Finland

The Seinäjoki Unit of the University of the Arts Helsinki is pleased to announce an international symposium on “musical sustainabilities.” As the Sustainable Development Goals issued by the United Nations attest, sustainability has become a wide-ranging issue globally. While originally linked to the maintenance of natural resources, it has evolved to cover social, economic and cultural issues. Concerning music, the most apparent of these relate to work, production and industry, consumption and live music, and communities and institutions.

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Transposition no 13: Music and right-wing movements

Posted: April 8th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Transposition no 13: Music and right-wing movements

Call for papers, Transposition n°13 (2025): “Music and right-wing movements”
Edited by Júlia Donley, Lambert Dousson and Jason Julliot

The issue 13 of Transposition aims to provide an overview of the relationships between music and right-wing political movements in the contemporary world. 

Exploring and understanding a changing category

The political category of “right-wing” refers to a wide repertoire of practices and ideas whose boundaries are increasingly difficult to define: from the defense of free economic competition to the protection of cultural exceptions and national identities; from the demand for authority and security to the preservation of social order and traditional or religious values (Camus 2001; Faria Carvalho and Andrade De Oliveira Paiva 2022). A polymorphous phenomenon, the right-wing manifests its plasticity through the normalization of the extreme right, which, when not in power, manages to integrate its agenda into so-called moderate right-wing governments, and even the programs of certain left-wing parties, thereby blurring the boundaries and definitions of these political categories. Following these observations, researchers are working to understand the heterogeneity of political movements that identify themselves or that they identify as right-wing and prefer plurality to its unification (Bob 2012; Rydgen 2018; François 2022).

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Popular Music, Revival & Renewal: Histories, Cultures, Practices

Posted: April 8th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Popular Music, Revival & Renewal: Histories, Cultures, Practices

CFP Special Issue of Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/ccon20

Contributions are sought for a special issue of Continuum under the theme ‘Popular Music, Revival & Renewal: Histories, Cultures, Practices’ with guest editors Lauren Istvandity, Mengyu Luo, and John Tebbutt.

There is an unusual dynamic to be observed in current popular music: it is so deeply embedded in cultures of everyday life that pop’s legacies crucially shape how we perceive music and its subcultures. In the post pandemic digital society this is increasingly visible. If ‘pop will eat itself’, the spectacle of this feast is contemporary music itself. Here, the terms popular music, contemporary music and ‘pop’, refer in general to products of a global music industry that is as evident in Korea or China as it is in Australia or Europe. Popular music’s cyclic generation of creative product is often fuelled by a sense of ‘looking back’ even as it serves to capture sentiments of modern-day audiences. This is particularly evident in the campaign around Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ project, but it may also be found in the now de rigueur performances built around debut or iconic albums. These musical pasts continue to resonate in a range of cultural practices, however significant shifts in digital streaming, the value of material cultures, and patterns in artistic output and audience consumption raise critical questions about the role of a now extensive popular music history on the trends of pop music in the present.

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Special Issue of Rock Music Studies: Authenticity as Process

Posted: March 22nd, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Special Issue of Rock Music Studies: Authenticity as Process

Guest-edited by Matthew Bannister (Wintec) and Nick Braae (Wintec) 

Submissions are invited for a special issue of Rock Music Studies on the topic of Authenticity as Process. Authenticity is never a fully accomplished fact—it depends on legitimating processes and is prey to time and change, to the assessments of different audiences, often arising out of a movement or oscillation between or via polarities, a journey of becoming. We are looking for contributions that examine various articulations of authenticating processes in the context of popular music. Authors may choose to engage with the prompts below or with any other perspective on authenticity.

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Performance Research Special Issue – On Music 

Posted: March 19th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Performance Research Special Issue – On Music 

Deadline (for submission of abstracts): April 22, 2024
Proposed Publication date: Vol. 30, No. 1 spring 2025

The main aims of this special issue – ‘On Music’ – are to offer critical reflection on the development of Performance Studies across the early twenty-first century, to highlight the current status of practice and research into music performance across genres, and to envisage future directions for the field.

Contributions will be welcomed from across the discipline to engage with the widest possible variety of contexts, functions, and modes of performance and performance-centered inquiry. As befits this range, non-standard formats such as artist pages, highly illustrated articles, and other contributions with distinctive layouts will be accepted.

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Music Ecosystem Research: Challenges and Opportunities

Posted: March 19th, 2024 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | Comments Off on Music Ecosystem Research: Challenges and Opportunities

15th International Music Business Research Days (2024)
June 5 – 7, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Department of Journalism and Communication Research in Collaboration with HYPE&FRIENDS and GMM e. V.

Music business research is an interdisciplinary field that puts different analytical approaches into mutual dialogue. It is located at the intersection of economic, artistic, musical, cultural, social, legal, and technological understandings of the creation, distribution, and use of music. This interdisciplinary nature calls for conceptual and methodological multiplicity and an openness to scholars from different fields.

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