IASPM Journal: Popular Music Education

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IASPM@Journal
Popular Music Education

Popular music education is a subject that is at present under-explored, despite increasing numbers of popular music courses and other educational provision. More research is needed to map out the area and engage critically with the many new challenges it is presenting. IASPM@Journal, the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, wishes to encourage further research and debate in this area, with a special issue on popular music education, for publication in 2015. Continue reading

Musical Screens: Musical Inventions, Digital Transitions, Cultural Critique

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Special Issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image
Musical Screens: Musical Inventions, Digital Transitions, Cultural Critique
Special Issue Editor: James Tobias, Associate Professor, UC Riverside

This special issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image will be dedicated to position papers analyzing “Musical Screens” in transmedia contexts. We seek contributions that will attempt to stake out the crucial histories, contemporary practices, and methodological innovations for understanding musicality across digital screen cultures, and amidst ongoing digital media transitions. Continue reading

Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution

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Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution
First Monday
Guest editors: Raphaël Nowak (Griffith University, Australia) and Andrew Whelan (University of Wollongong, Australia)

2014 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the peer-to-peer application Napster. Developed by a student, Shawn Fanning, with the help of his friend Shawn Parker and uncle John Fanning, Napster established music downloading as a mass phenomenon. By 2001, 50 million users had downloaded content with Napster. Many other applications followed – Gnutella, Kazaa, LimeWire, eMule, Soulseek, BitTorrent, among others – further developing and entrenching p2p technology. Continue reading

Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation

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Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation
Critical Studies in Improvisation

Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation invites submissions for a special issue with the theme “Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation”, guest-edited by Rebecca Caines and Paul Watkins. This special issue of CSI will draw together artists and academics to investigate the crucial role improvisation plays in the international field of Hip Hop, and in the related field of critical Hip Hop studies. We seek contributions from artist/practitioners and from scholars working across the disciplines. Continue reading

Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula During the 20th Century

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Music, Politics and Dictatorships in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula During the 20th Century
Resonancias – A music research journal
Deadline: 17 January 2014

Recently there has been an expanded interest in the connections between music making and the political life that Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries experienced under the authoritarian regimes of the 20th century. This concern has been expressed in a critical analysis of the topics and methodologies traditionally used to tackle the relationship between music and politics. Among the topics that have marked a turning point in the intersection between the social sciences, the humanities and music research are: the “industry’s” appropriation of music for political ends; the changes in the legal frameworks advanced by local cultural politics; the clandestine lives of politicized musicians, and the activities of resistance in which they participated. Furthermore, the connections between theatre, dance and film, and the role of television in legitimizing symbolic violence against political dissidence (as well as the social effects of such violence) have begun to be studied in order to understand the role of music in political contexts — not to mention how social memory and forgiveness have been currently addressed in ongoing post-dictatorial times. Continue reading

Social Alternatives: Music, Politics and Environment

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Special issue of Social Alternatives: Music, Politics and Environment
Edited by Tony Mitchell, University of Technology, Sydney

Music is increasingly playing a role in environmental activism, from rock, hip hop, folk, dance music and other forms of popular music through to jazz, classical music, experimental music and sonic arts and installations. How does one measure the ‘carbon footprint’ left by an opera production at the Sydney Opera House, a world tour by U2, the Big Day Out, the Livid Festival, or a gig at the local pub or an unlicensed venue? And how do environmental issues such as these affect the way music is produced and received? This issue of Social Alternatives invites papers that consider any genre of music in terms of political and environmental activism and ways in which music can relate to issues such as climate change, global warming and carbon emissions. Continue reading

Australian Jazz‏

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Australian Jazz
Jazz Research Journal

This is a call for proposals for articles to be published in a special double issue of Jazz Research Journal (JRJ) in 2015 devoted to Australian jazz. JRJ, one of the world’s leading scholarly jazz journals, is published by Equinox Press in London. The Guest Editor for this issue will be Bruce Johnson. Equinox plans to then publish the essays within twelve months as a book collection on Australian jazz, and as such it will be the first international academic anthology in the field. Continue reading

Piracy and Social Change

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Piracy and Social Change
Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture
Co-editors: Patrick Burkart and Jonas Andersson Schwarz

The editors of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture invite submissions for a special issue on the topic of piracy and social change.

Scholarship on piracy and pirates is itself changing, partly in recognition of the fact that “pirate” culture and everyday culture increasingly mix in popular communication. Piracy reflects social changes that transgress legally proscribed orders, while the “piracy” label itself is often used to shore up support for entrenched political and economic interests. For this special issue, we solicit contributions that take a novel and inquisitive approach to piracy and popular communication, while also mapping the current state of the field. Contributors can focus on one or more communicative aspects of piracy, such as pirate cultures, practices, politics, aesthetics, ethics, law and policy, and modernities. Continue reading

Musics of the Non-Anglo Communities in the USA in the 21st Century

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The Musics of the Non-Anglo Communities in the USA in the 21st Century: Technology, Economy, Identity
InMedia
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2013

The forthcoming special issue of the on-line journal InMedia will be devoted to the musics of the non-Anglo communities in the USA in the 21st century, focusing on identity, technological, and economic issues. Continue reading

On Sound

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The Velvet Light Trap
Issue #74: On Sound (New Directions in Sound Studies)
Submission Deadline: 1 August 2013

The medium of sound, long placed in a secondary position to the visual within media studies, has experienced a considerable increase in scholarly attention over the past three decades, to the point that “sound studies” is now a distinct field of scholarship. Within media studies, sound-related research today expands well beyond the film and television score or soundtrack to include a broad range of scholarship on radio and popular music. And while sound studies still tends to cohere around media studies departments, an increasing amount of sound media research is interdisciplinary in nature. A “sonic turn” is under way across the humanities and social sciences with sound studies work coming out of philosophy, sociology, anthropology, history, science and technology studies, cultural geography, American studies, art history, and cultural studies. Recent issues of differences (2011) and American Quarterly (2011) and anthologies like The Sound Studies Reader (Jonathan Sterne, 2012) are just a few examples of this expanding range of interest. Continue reading