Popular Music in Canada

Call for contributions for an Edited Collection on Popular Music in Canada
Edited by Charity Marsh and Holly Everett

Working Title: Spanning the Distance: Reflections On Popular Music in Canada

The editors invite proposals for a volume of essays that take up one or more of the following five themes:

Popular Music Studies in Canada: Where Are We Now?
Space, Place, and Performance in Canada
Sounding Canadian: Representation, Identity, and Difference in Canada’s Music Scenes
Media, Technology, and the Industry: The Question of Local/Global Relations in Canada
Regionalism and Popular Music Scenes in Canada

With this collection of works the editors aim to encourage dialogue concerning the place of popular music and popular music studies within Canada’s cultural landscape and the academy. Inspired by the 2006 meeting of the Canadian chapter of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) in Regina, Saskatchewan, we also hope to offer a range of perspectives that are both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary. Contributions drawn from the full spectrum of popular music(s) are encouraged.Deadline for Submissions:

            Deadline for Proposals: May 15, 2007
            Deadline for Completed Articles: August 15, 2007
            Review Process: August to November 2007
            Deadline for Final Edits: January 15, 2007

Please send proposals of 300 to 500 words to charity.marsh@uregina.ca and hjeverett@mun.ca by May 15, 2007. Upon acceptance, completed essays should be approximately 10,000 words and will be due by August 15, 2007.  If you have any questions please email:
Dr. Charity Marsh at charity.marsh@uregina.ca or Dr. Holly Everett at hjeverett@mun.ca

Music and trauma

I am writing to invite contributions to a collection of essays on music in relation to trauma. Essays in the collection will relate aspects of trauma to aspects of music in a range of ways. Trauma may be understood as individual or collective/social; as the result of particular traumatic events or as the “insidious trauma” of sustained negative experiences, e. g. of racism or sexism etc. Any musics – popular, vernacular, concert, ritual, etc. – may figure in these essays. Essays may be case studies, or more general or theoretical treatments. The collection will represent a range of disciplines within music scholarship, and will draw on various non-musical disciplines within which trauma has been discussed, including psychiatry, psychoanalysis, literary studies, historiography, etc.

Contributions already agreed upon deal with childhood sexual abuse, childhood experiences of war, spousal abuse, responses to the Holocaust, and responses to AIDS; authors come from primary backgrounds in musicology, music therapy, ethnomusicology, and composition. I hope this call for proposals will yield further expansion of topics and approaches; additional treatments of topics already represented will also be welcome. Essays will be around 8000 words in length, though some variety is possible. Here is the anticipated schedule:
1. submission of proposals for essays by September 23, 2007; my decisions shortly thereafter;
2. my preparation of a prospectus for submission to press, October 2007; formal abstracts, author bios, and other supporting materials due to me by October 7 if possible;
3. completed essays due to me in May 2008;
4. my editing of essays and submission to press by September 2008.

Please send, by September 23, a description of work that you wish to contribute, to me as the collection editor: Fred E. Maus, University of Virginia, at fem2x@virginia.edu. A description along the lines of an abstract would be helpful, as would any draft material (such as the text of a conference presentation) that you can supply.