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SPARC Symposium: Socio-Sonic

Posted: June 28th, 2018 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

14-15 September 2018

Friday 14th September, 9.30am-7pm
Department of Music, City, University of London
University Building, room B200
Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

Saturday 15th September, 10.30am-4pm
Old Paradise Yard
Waterloo, SE1 7LG

This symposium will take a cross-disciplinary approach, digging deeper into sonic sociality. While the social aspects of music-making are well-documented, the sociality of sound is less often discussed in detail. The SPARC Symposium 2018 will bring together practitioners and researchers from a wide variety of musical and non-musical backgrounds for two days of spoken presentations, discussion, installation, film screenings and performances.

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Living Metal: Metal Scenes around the World

Posted: June 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Metal music has been around since Black Sabbath hit the first chord on its song “Black Sabbath.” Since that time Metal scenes are constantly being created, developed, stagnating, and growing all over the world—anywhere where Metal is played and cared about. Today, that means in just about every country on earth. This book, Living Metal: Metal Scenes around the World, is being published by Intellect Press. We are looking for researchers who will be examining Metal scenes in various parts of the world. We want to look at out of the way places and cultures just as much as well known places around the world. We currently have chapters being written about Johannesburg, South Africa; Dayton, Ohio; Hull, UK, and Helsinki, Finland. If possible, we want to learn about Metal Scenes in 6 of the 7 continents (we don’t believe that there is a scene in Antarctica, but please prove us wrong!).

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Memory, Migration and Movement

Posted: June 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »


2018 Conference: Memory, Migration and Movement

PoP [Performances of the Popular] MOVES, in partnership with L’Université de Paris Nanterre and La Colonie, is now inviting submissions for the 2018 conference. The international research group for performances of the popular continues to advance the field by creating a new committee in France, to foster conversations and sharing between scholars, artists and institutions across linguistic worlds. To celebrate this expansion, PoP MOVES will hold a joint launch event and conference in Paris, to explore relationships between memory, migration and movement.

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Doing metal, being punk, doing punk, being metal: hybridity, crossover and difference in punk and metal subcultures

Posted: June 21st, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Punk Scholars Network 5th Annual Conference and Postgraduate Symposium.

De Montfort University Leicester, December 13-14th 2018

Hosted by the Punk Scholars Network in conjunction with the International Association of Metal Music Studies, the Journal of Punk and Post-Punk,the Journal of Metal Music Studies, Media and Communication Research Centre and Intellect Books.

Metal and punk cultures have long shared musical and cultural similarities. From Motörhead’s ubiquitous global presence, and the complex amalgam of Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, American Hardcore, Straight Edge, Japanese-based Burning Spirits, Black Metal, and DiY cultural production, one can see a plethora of hybridised and reinterpreted global music scenes.Indeed,the pervasive influence of metal and NWOBHM from the mid-1980s onwards has had an irreversible and notable effect on both punk and metal musical and cultural aesthetics (see Glasper, forthcoming, 2018).

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Mixing Pop and Politics: Call for Chapter Proposals

Posted: June 19th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »


Catherine Hoad (Massey University, Wellington)
Geoff Stahl (Victoria University, Wellington)
Oli Wilson (Massey University, Wellington)


History provides us with ample instances of the power of popular music to speak to, through, and against various political moments. The contemporary socio-political situation of the late-2010s also offers countless opportunities to explore how popular music revisits, reconstitutes, rewrites and reconciles itself to this past. This current context necessitates an awareness of the complex position of popular music, and the new directions it must negotiate, as music responds to the shifting paradigms of power in which we currently find ourselves.

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