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The 4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014 in Chiang Mai (Thailand)

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Date: 8-9 August 2014, (Friday-Saturday)

Organized by:
Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group),
College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai, Thailand

We are pleased to announce the 4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, which will take place on August 8-9, 2014 in Chiang Mai, in collaboration with College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Following the first conference in Osaka in 2008, the second conference in Hong Kong in 2010, and the third conference in Taipei in 2012, we move our next meeting to Thailand—hub of vibrant Southeast Asian popular music and music industry.

Founded in 2008, Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group) is a research network that at the moment includes 120 scholars not only in Asia but also in Europe, America and Oceania. Through its biennial conferences and related activities, the group provides a platform to foster scholarly conversations and collaborations arising from the growing academic interest in Asian popular music both inside and outside Asia.

CONFERENCE THEME (IAPMS∙2014∙Chiang Mai): How to Perform ‘Inter-Asia’ Popular Music Studies

That being said, it can be easily agreed upon that the influence of Asian popular music is strong these days and that the serious investigation on it is important even in the academy. More importantly, the cultural economy of popular music in Asia has become transnational or border-crossing in a literal sense. There are already quite a few case studies which show that the consumption and mediation as well as the production and distribution easily cross the national borders.

However, it should be confessed that most of ‘inter-Asia’ popular music studies have been performed on a ‘national’ base. Most researchers are specialized in the popular music of one nation or language group and it is still confusing to write something under the banner of ‘inter-Asia.’ It is taken as ‘ideal’ to have comparative or cross-cultural perspective, but there are few which have done that. Then, is it enough that each researcher writes about his/her ‘own’ music and leave the comparison to the readers of ‘the special issue’ or ‘edited volume’ which covers different ‘cases’? Or should we find out a rather ‘collective’ or ‘collaborative’ way of doing the researches? How can it be done, when you do not have the international connection or when your time schedule or life cycle does not match? Finally, is collective or collaborative writing really necessary?

The 4th conference of is conference is organized to discuss the possibilities and difficulties of ‘inter-Asia’ perspective. We welcome the papers which are open to comparative and/or collaborative research in the future as well as in the present. The conference will be the unique event to engage with all the scholarly debates of the emerging fields of Inter-Asia popular music studies as follows;

Stream 1: Theory and Methodology
Stream 2: Production, Circulation and Consumption
Stream 3: History, Geography, Politics
Stream 4: Genre, Identity, Ideology


The organizer of Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014 in Chiang Mai would like to invite paper presenters to send their abstract (not more than 250 words) to [email protected] before 25 January 2014. Please don’t forget to write down the ‘stream’, where your paper should belong to.

Please use the attached Proposal Form (available http://interasiapop.org/?p=732) when submitting your proposal. If you plan to organize a panel with more than two people, please coordinate with the panelists to put all the necessary information on one form (e.g., panel title, paper titles, individual abstracts, panelists information). A panel description is not necessary.

Please email all inquiries to: [email protected]

2014.1.25 Deadline for abstract submission
2014.02.25 Acceptance of papers
2014.04.25 Registration
2014.07.25 Submission of full paper
2014.08.08-09 Conference Days

Organizing Committees

Viriya Sawangchot (API Fellow & Mahidol University, Thailand)
Siriporn Somboonbooran ( Walailak University, Thailand )
Tunghung HO (Fu-jen Catholic University, Taiwan)
Eva TSAI (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)
Anthony FUNG (Chinese University, Hong Kong/China)
Yoshitaka MORI (Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)
Jeroen Groenwegen –Lau (Independent scholar, Netherlands-China)
Yukie HIRATA (Dokkyo University, Japan)
Sun Jung (National University of Singapore,  Singapore)
Kai Khiun LIEW (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Aekyung PARK (Yonsei University, Korea)
Hyunjoon SHIN (Sungkonghoe University, Korea)
Jung-yup LEE (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA/Korea)


English is the only language in the conference as there is no common language among Asia language. Translation service can be provided only during Q&A, in case  the presenters need it.

For the updated information about submission, registration, accommodation, transportation etc, please keep visiting our website: http://www.interasiapop.org.

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