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Balancing The Mix: A Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice

Posted: July 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | 1 Comment »

University of Memphis, 30 March 2019

The history of post-war popular music has been closely associated with concerns for social justice. It is not only that particular ideals (equality, community, rights, an end to oppression and discrimination) have animated the public sphere; it is also that those ideals have – whether we look at blues, gospel, world music, punk or hip-hop, for instance – been central in many music genres. This is no surprize, insofar as post-war popular music has developed in parallel with the rise of humanism, the postcolonial era, civil rights, the culture wars, and the rise of identity politics. In that sense, and more, music has been political, and further politicized: employed as an opportunity to establish empathy, express solidarity, and mobilize agents of change. Issues of social justice have in turn influenced public decisions about, for example, music funding, heritage and archiving. For this conference, we invite papers (or panels) based on topics related to popular music and social justice in the widest sense. These may include:

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Special Issue: Pop music festivals and (cultural) policies

Posted: July 5th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

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Guest editors: Beate Flath, Martin Cloonan and Adam Behr
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 31 August 2018
Deadline for submitting full papers: 14 January 2019

Ranging from jazz, through folk, to country, hip-hop, world music, dance music, rock and classical music, festivals are a vital part of contemporary popular music cultures. This vitality has been reflected by a growth in the field of festival research, which has become an inter- as well as a transdisciplinary area encompassing various perspectives on festivals and popular music culture. Amongst other approaches, previous studies have addressed questions on the complex relations of policies and pop music festivals. Set against this background, this special issue of the [email protected], the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, wishes to encourage further critical reflection, research and debate in this field regarding the relational structure of pop music festivals, cultural and governmental policies, cultural/music/event management and cultural mediation.

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Mixtura’18

Posted: July 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

We invite you to submit a proposal to participate in Mixtura’18, an event hosted by the College of Communications & Arts of USFQ (Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador). Mixtura’18 is a connecting hub for the discussion of the current implications of media in Latin America and the world, from a political, social and creative perspective. The aim is to attract media scholars, journalists, media producers, designers, curators and artists, whose studies and/or practices reflect on the possibilities and issues of media nowadays.

The conference brings together academia and creative producers to discuss the ways in which they both interact under the topic: “Media and creativity in the post-digital era”. The event also features panel discussions and workshops. We believe you can make an important contribution to the discussion, and faculty could enhance their understanding of how technology-theory-methodology intersect. The event will accept proposals around the following topics:

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PIVOTAL 2018

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

MAJOR NEW INTERNATIONAL MUSIC INDUSTRY CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED FOR THE UK
PIVOTAL 2018 TAKES OVER BIRMINGHAM’S JEWELLERY QUARTER IN SEPTEMBER 2018
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1000 TRADES // ACTRESS & BISHOP // ASYLUM // AWAL // BASCA // BELIEVE DISTRIBUTION // BIRMINGHAM MUSIC COALITION // BIRMINGHAM PROMOTERS // BPI // CMU // FORMATION AUDIO // GIRAFFE AUDIO // FAT PENGUIN MANAGEMENT // MMF // MPG // PURITY BREWING CO // RESONATE // ROTOR // SENTRIC MUSIC // STIRLING’S// TICKET FAIRY // WARM
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– ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PANEL DISCUSSIONS, SURGERIES, NETWORKING ANNOUNCED TODAY
– EVENING SHOWCASES FEATURING REGIONAL TALENT PRESENTED BY MULTIPLE PROMOTERS
– NEW INDUSTRY BODY, BIRMINGHAM MUSIC COALITION, TO LAUNCH AT PIVOTAL 2018
– TICKETS GO ON GENERAL SALE FROM 1000 WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE 2018 VIA THE OFFICIAL PIVOTAL WEBSITE
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PIVOTAL MUSIC CONFERENCE 2018
0900 – 2230 FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2018
JEWELLERY QUARTER, BIRMINGHAM UK – 1000 TRADES, ACTRESS & BISHOP, ASYLUM, GIRAFFE AUDIO, RJJZ JAZZ BAR, STIRLING’S – MORE VENUES TBC
£16.50 INC BOOKING FEE

Official website | Official Facebook Official Twitter | #pivotalbirmingham

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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
IKLECTIK
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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