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Music, Digitalization, and Democracy

Posted: February 20th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special Issue of Popular Music and Society

Guest-edited by Johannes Brusila, Martin Cloonan, and Kim Ramstedt

Popular Music and Society invites article proposals for a special issue that examines the connections between music, digitalization, and democracy.  The impact of digitalization on the production, dissemination, and consumption of popular music has been immense since the 1980s.  Scholars, artists, and policymakers have depicted this “digital turn” as being both a potential enhancement of, and a threat to, cultural life.  Business futurists have described increasing financial possibilities created by the new lower cost structures, and visionaries have predicted a greater cultural freedom for larger population groups.

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“One Nation Under a Groove”: ‘Nation’ as a category in popular music?

Posted: February 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

29th Annual Conference of the German Society for Popular Music Studies
GfPM, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
1 – 3 November 2019

The German pop star Xavier Naidoo, who appeared in the ZDF television studio for the 2006 World Cup Semifinal costumed in the colors of the German flag; the far-right “identitarian” group Les Brigandes, who ceremonially bury the French colors in the video for their song “L’heure de dire adieu”; the 12-point scoring system of the annual Eurovision Song Contest; U.S. “pop presidents” Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the “national” and “international” categories of the (now defunct) German ECHO awards; radio quotas in France and Germany; continuing references to the “British Invasion” of the 1960s; even the Global Popular Music Series published by Routledge since 2015, of which almost every volume is titled “Made In (insert country here)”: examples of pop music being saddled with symbols representing or affirming “national identity” are practically endless.

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21st Century Global Punk

Posted: February 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Following the groundbreaking publication of The Punk Reader: Transmissions from the Local to the Global (now in its second edition through Intellect Books and the Punk Scholars Network) the series editors would like to invite proposals for a second volume in the book series Global Punk, to be published in early 2020. The publication will be part of an exciting collaboration between Intellect Press and the Punk Scholars Network, a partnership that has seen the development of a Punk Scholars Network imprint.

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Sonic Futures: Performing Identity in the ‘Global’ City

Posted: February 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

(25 April at London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London)

The idea for this one-day conference stems from a series of workshops, Sonic Futures: Identity and Sustainability through Music and Performance, supported by London College of Communication (Teaching and Learning Fund) in collaboration with May Project Gardens (Hip Hop Garden). Adopting a mixed-method approach, this pilot project sought to engage students from LCC in a series of workshops that explored the connections between social issues (e.g. social cohesion, participatory and sustainable practices and active citizenry, to name a few), politics and identity formations at the intersections of class, ethnicity, race, gender and the environment. Primarily, this project aimed to instigate critical thinking and reflections on cultural practices and genre through performance in general and Hip Hop music and culture in particular. Gardening is connected to questions of psycho-physical wellbeing, community building and sustainability in the global city. Overall, Hip Hop Critical Pedagogies provided a productive template that helped combine all these different aspects.Considering the nature and the objectives of these activities, the students who participated in the programme decided to actively work towards an event that could reflect on the critical questions raised during the workshops.

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The Road to Independence: the Independent Record Industry in Transition

Posted: February 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for Chapters
Editor : Victor Sarafian.
Publisher : Presse de l’Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

Proposal submission: 1 July 2019
Full chapters due: 1 December 2019

We are inviting proposals for a book-length essay collection on all aspects of the independent record industry… it’s past, present and future prospects. Technology has changed how music is produced, distributed and consumed. From the advent of the gramophone to the advent of napster, technology has shaped the economic and cultural aspects of the music industry.

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