Popular Music Fandom: A One Day Symposium

Call For Papers:
Binks Building, University of Chester
Northwest Popular Music Studies Network
Friday 25th June 2010
Keynote speaker: Matt Hills (author of ‘Fan Cultures’)


While a range of researchers in cultural studies – notably Henry Jenkins, Matt Hills and Cornell Sandvoss – have moved the discussion about media fandom forward, much less work has been done specifically on popular music fandom. We invite contributors from a wide range of disciplines to discuss topics associated with popular music fan culture at this free one-day study event in Chester. Continue reading “Popular Music Fandom: A One Day Symposium”

Experience, Engagement, Meaning

Biennial conference of IASPM-UK/Ireland
School of Music, Cardiff University
2-4 September 2010
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2010

There are limitless ways in which people relate to music and incorporate it into their lives. Music is used to structure routine practices such as homework, shopping and exercise, and to delineate special events such as weddings and funerals. Music has the ability to bring together the individual and the collective, the general and the specific. The overall theme of this conference concerns the ways in which people engage with music and make music meaningful, focusing on three broad categories: musical experience, musical engagement and musical meaning. Continue reading “Experience, Engagement, Meaning”

Mi pueblo me hace cantar – 16-17 April 2010, Norwich

Mi pueblo me hace cantar is a three-day multidisciplinary conference that brings together leading researchers in the field of Latin American music and politics to examine the impact and legacy of the new song movement, throughout Latin America, from a twenty-first century perspective.

The conference takes place Friday 16 – Saturday 17 April 2010 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. It is being organised by Hazel Marsh, School of Language and Communication Studies.

Conference Website
Contact: Hazel Marsh

Sound Ecologies

The Society for Ethnomusicology
2010 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles
Call for Proposals

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 55th Annual Meeting on November 11-14, 2010, in Los Angeles. The meeting will take place at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, with UCLA serving as the host institution. The conference theme is “Sound Ecologies.”
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Music, Law and Business – IASPM-Norden 2010 Conference

Helsinki, 24–27 November 2010
Extended deadline: January 31, 2010

The field of music production is in a state of uncertainty, if not even in an outright crisis of reproduction. Because of recent and relatively rapid changes in communication technology, old conglomerate models and structures of production, dissemination and consumption of music are arguably subject to change.
This has also created pressure towards legislative changes, especially in relation to copyright issues. In general, the increased importance of immaterial property rights, as opposed to selling physical records, has been acknowledged within the music industries. Continue reading “Music, Law and Business – IASPM-Norden 2010 Conference”

The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments


Oxford University Press intends to publish a second, revised and expanded edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, originally issued in 1984. Reflecting advances in scholarship during the past quarter-century, the second edition will encompass a greater range of subjects in more detail, thus serving a larger community of readers worldwide. Continue reading “The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments”

IASPM-US 2010 – Births, Stages, Declines, Revivals

2010 Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – U.S. Branch
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 9-11
Deadline for abstracts: 1st December, 2009

New Orleans has long been known as the “birthplace of jazz;” more recently, it has become a signifier for ruin. The chaos wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 signaled a shocking sense of loss in the music world: some musicians lost their lives and many lost their livelihoods; the city’s ubiquitous choirs, marching bands, and parades were disrupted and displaced. Residents of New Orleans, particularly the working poor, were evacuated and have yet to permanently return. And yet, at the same time, both remaining and former residents have fought to hold on to and even revive their cherished culture. Continue reading “IASPM-US 2010 – Births, Stages, Declines, Revivals”

Michael Jackson: Musical Subjectivities

Popular Music and Society Special Issue
Edited by Susan Fast and Stan Hawkins
Call for Submissions


Submissions are invited for a special edition of Popular Music and Society that examines constructions of subjectivity in Michael Jackson’s music, with a focus on gender, sexuality, age, disability, and race. Contributors are invited to address ways in which Jackson’s vocality, grooves, rhythmic invention, songwriting, conformity with and/or irreconcilability of generic categories, particular songs, song categories (such as ballads) or albums, record production, use of technology, and live or mediated performance work to produce his own, often spectacularized, subjectivities, as well as those of his listeners. Continue reading “Michael Jackson: Musical Subjectivities”