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Writing the noise: the politics and history of subcultural music

Posted: August 31st, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The 2nd International Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change
University of Reading
6–7 September 2018

Confirmed keynote speakers and events:

Simon Reynolds, author of Shock and Awe, Retromania, Energy Flash and Rip It Up and Start Again
Professor Lucy Robinson, University of Sussex, ‘Less History of Zines, More Zines as History’

Plenary panel of music journalists: from the mainstream to the pop press to fanzines, featuring Simon Reynolds, David Stubbs and Cathi Unsworth
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What Difference Does It Make? Music and Gender

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

2018 MoPOP Pop Conference
April 26-29, 2018, Seattle WA

Popular media in the 21st century is rife with radical differences around gender. Even as audiences cheer on shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race, viewers and voters reward toxic masculinity at the box office and the ballot box. Popular music voices and reinforces, or challenges and explodes, assumptions about gender, which itself intersects race, ethnicity, sex, the family, labor, religion and morality. The artists we select in canons, historiography, and the musical moment represent an intimate referendum on the subject. Gender performance has a long history: crooners of the 1930s “pansy craze,” the bull daggers of classic blues, pop stars exploiting the feminine ideal from Doris Day to Britney Spears and workingman heroes like Muddy Waters and Bruce Springsteen. Today’s gender-fluid groundbreakers, like Anohni and Syd, follow on vaudeville’s Annie Hindle and rocker Little Richard. Musical virtuosity and technique, too, are gendered, from the hypermasculinity of hip hop’s “wheels of steel” or rock’s technophallic guitar heroics to disco’s feminized vocal soarings. And gender frames genre: distinctions of salsa dura and salsa romántica or monga (flaccid) echo in country’s “hardcore” honkytonk and “soft shell” crossover divide.

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‘Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones’

Posted: August 16th, 2017 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Symposium registration now open!

Delegate registration for ‘Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones’, a two-day symposium on the career of Ms Jones taking place at Edinburgh College of Art on Thursday October 5th and Friday October 6th 2017 is now open at the following link: http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/conferences-events/college-of-humanities-and-social-science/edinburgh-college-of-art/edinburgh-college-of-art/grace-jones-symposium

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Jazz Voices

Posted: August 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

12th International Jazz Research Conference Graz
17 – 20 May 2018

Institute for Jazz Research, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria)
International Society for Jazz Research

Conference Chairs

André Doehring and Christa Bruckner-Haring

Conference Outline

Although singing has been integral to jazz from its beginnings, comparatively little research has been conducted on vocal jazz and the sounds and expressions of jazz voices. The 12th International Jazz Research Conference, entitled Jazz Voices, will focus on exactly this theme. The conference will take place from 17 – 20 May 2018 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and will be hosted by the University’s Institute for Jazz Research, in cooperation with the International Society for Jazz Research.

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Gender Politics in the Music Industry

Posted: August 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

IASPM Journal 8/1 (2018)
Special Issue Editors: Catherine Strong and Sarah Raine

Gender in music has been considered in terms of performance, genre, and audience cultures, yet gender politics within the music industry itself remains under-researched. Offering an opportunity to engage at the intersection between musical production, the creative industries and gender politics, this call for papers aims to bring together research that considers the gender politics of the music industry itself: of work relationships; the spaces of production; the processes of decision making; the creation of musical experiences in festivals and tours.

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