Director needed for folkwaysAlive!

University of Alberta
Faculty of Arts – folkwaysAlive!


The University of Alberta is seeking a Director for folkwaysAlive!, the University’s partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in Washington DC. Providing a home for the over two thousand Folkways Records donated to the University by company founder Moses Asch, folkwaysAlive! builds on this valuable collection, houses a digital archive to document local and national community traditions, provides research opportunities, and presents public performances that relate to and enhance the Folkways philosophy and mission. Continue reading

Simona Frasca (2001) Birds of passage. I musicisti napoletani a New York

Simona Frasca
Birds of passage. I musicisti napoletani a New York (1895-1940)

(Lucca: LIM 2010; language: Italian)
Review by Giovanni Vacca
Birds of Passage
There is no doubt that Neapolitan Song has been a central genre in the development of what we now call ‘Popular Music’: probably no other urban song has achieved such a world-wide notoriety and certainly Neapolitan Song helped to expand the myth and the appeal of the city of Naples itself pretty much everywhere. How many among us, though, know about that ‘branch’ of Neapolitan Song that happened to find its way up in the United States since the beginning of the 20th century? Continue reading

Red Strains: Music and Communism outside the Communist Bloc after 1945

British Academy, London, 13-15 January 2011
Keynote speakers: Prof Gianmario Borio (Pavia); Prof Georgina Born (Cambridge); Prof Anne Shreffler (Harvard)
Panel session: Konrad Boehmer; Henry Flynt; Giacomo Manzoni

AACI demonstration

Themed paper sessions include:

  • Communist Parties
  • Popular music
  • Folk song
  • The Black Panther Party
  • US-Soviet friendship
  • Soviet realism overseas
  • Communist nationalisms
  • Communism’s cultural legacy

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Conference information and online registration:

Time Keeps on Slipping: Popular Music Histories – IASPM-US Annual Conference

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. Chapter (IASPM-US) will hold its annual conference Mar. 9-13, 2011 in Cincinnati, OH, in a joint meeting with the Society for American Music.

We invite proposals for individual papers or panels of three or four presenters. Alternate presentation formats, such as lecture/performances and roundtable panels, will also be considered. Continue reading

University of Oslo, Norway: Two top research posts in popular music

Faculty of Humanities
Department of Musicology

Oslo Opera House
Oslo’s multi-purpose new Opera house

Scandinavia’s leading music department at the University of Oslo is announcing a number of research posts in popular music linked to the project ‘Popular Music & Gender in a Transcultural Context’, led by professor Stan Hawkins.

The first two appointments are a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship and a PhD post. Continue reading

Wits University: Advertisement for two Music posts

Faculty of Humanities
Wits School of Arts

Wits Music is distinctive in being the only university music department in Africa to be part of a School of Arts that includes television and film, drama, digital arts, fine arts, and arts, culture and heritage studies divisions: The School is seeking to make two appointments from 1 January 2011 in the following areas, and we strongly encourage applicants from the designated groups. Continue reading

SEM 2010 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 55th Annual Meeting on November 11-14, 2010, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Titled ‘Sound Ecologies’, this year’s meeting features more than 400 presentations, as well as a variety of concerts and other special events. The meeting is hosted by UCLA, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of its Ethnomusicology program. UCLA will present a pre-conference symposium, ‘Music Research and Performance in South Asia: The Life and Work of Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy’, on November 10 at the Wilshire Grand.

LA skyline

Visit for more information about the meeting, hotel accommodations, and online registration.

Red Strains: Music and Communism outside the Communist Bloc after 1945

The British Academy, London
Thursday 13 January – Saturday 15 January 2011

Proposals are invited for this conference, to be held at the British Academy in London, in conjunction with the University of Nottingham.

Stormy Six

The relationship between state communism and music behind the Iron Curtain has been the subject of much scholarly interest. The importance of communism for musicians outside the communist bloc, by contrast, has received little sustained attention.
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Change and Continuity: transformations, innovations and tensions in the art of record production

ARP 2010 Call For Papers
Extended deadline: Tuesday 1st June 2010

The Sixth Annual Art of Record Production Conference will be hosted by Bob Davis and Justin Morey at Leeds Metropolitan University on December 3rd – 5th 2010


The theme of the conference is centred around the idea of change and continuity – the idea that music and music production can look backwards or it can look forwards. The way our ‘art’ changes through technology and the use of technology is an example of where people make choices between, for instance, old technology and new technology – between old sounds and new sounds, while continually exploring the space in between these two theoretical poles.

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