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“Twisting my memory, man” – music, memory and memoir

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

13th & 14th July 2018 – York St John University Campus

We are hosting an innovative two day event examining the ways that popular music is remembered and memorialised both as sonic experience and as cultural activity. Our event combines academic analysis and critical discussion with creative endeavour, performance and informal reminiscence.

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Listening Again to Popular Music as History

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

Editors: Nicholas Gebhardt and Paul Long
Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Birmingham City University

Submissions are invited for a special edition of Popular Music History that aims to listen again to popular music as historical source and to (re) consider the relationship of popular music and historical method.


Jeffrey H. Jackson and Stanley C. Pelkey open their collection, Music and History(subtitle ‘Bridging the Disciplines’, 2005) by asking: ‘Why haven’t historians and musicologists been talking to one another?’  They suggest that at the heart of this absence is a problem of communication, concerning the distinct methods, knowledge and skills employed in both disciplines: does one need to be able to read, play or even ‘appreciate’ music for instance in order to make sense of it historically? On the other hand, do musicologists need an understanding of historiography to write histories of music? The issue for scholars in both disciplines is the status of the musical object: how to account for music asmusic, without losing a sense of its historical specificity.   Read the rest of this entry »

Elvis lives in Amsterdam: Manifestations of the imaginary musician

Posted: April 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Amsterdam, 29 November – 1 December 2018 

Conference convenors: Rutger Helmers and Oliver Seibt

From Marvel’s Kiss comics of the late 1970s to Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger acting out different facets of Bob Dylan’s public persona in Todd Hayne’s experimental film I’m not there; from continuous assertions that the guy on stage isn’t the real Paul McCartney to YouTube videos showing Nigerian Michael Jackson impersonators; from Hans Sachs, the sixteenth-century Meistersinger, still performing regularly in Wagner’s opera, to a virtual band like Gorillaz; from Adrian Leverkühn’s pact with the devil in Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustusto the unsolved mystery of Chet Baker’s defenestration from Amsterdam’s Prins Hendrik Hotel.

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(Dis-)Orientations of Popular Music

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

28th Conference of the German Society for Popular Music Studies (GfPM)
Department of Music, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
16–18 November 2018

In Queer Phenomenology, Sara Ahmed describes orientation as a fundamental function of human experience. Significances of orientation range from inclinations and attitudes to processes of physical and spatial direction. In their multiple dimensions, orientations condition the way in which bodies experience strangeness, familiarity, normality, belonging, and displacement. As functions that fundamentally shape ways of being in the world, orientations therefore must be regarded as nodal points in the attribution of power and control. Orienting and disorienting means intervening into how we physically and mentally inhabit the world.

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Music in Science Fiction

Posted: March 15th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Deadline: April 30, 2018 (abstracts); October 15, 2018 (full articles)

We invite you to submit articles for the volume 64 (2019) “Musik in der Science-Fiction / Music in Science fiction” of the yearbook “Lied und Populaere Kultur / Song and Popular Culture”. The yearbook is published by the Zentrum fuer Populaere Kultur und Musik (Freiburg University).

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