cfp: IABA World

IABA World Turku 2020
Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future
9–12 June 2020
Turku, Finland

Popular music research papers welcome!

SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory warmly welcomes proposals to the 12th IABA World Conference, which will be held at the University of Turku (Finland), June 9-12, 2020. Through the theme of Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future, IABA World 2020 will explore the multiple temporalities shaping the dimensions of life storying and life writing research. Temporality impacts the writing and shaping of life narratives, as well as the ways in which we analyze life narrative documents. The temporal is at the core of how we understand the centuries-long histories of how the self is written about and the genealogy of life writing research. Temporality, however, does not mean only gazing to the past, but also understanding how the present moment and orientation to the future are visible in life writing and/or how history makes its presence known in different moments and spaces. The temporal approach also invites us to explore how the future is imagined in life narratives and to discuss our visions for the future of life writing studies.

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cfp: Progressive Rock and Metal

Deadline 15 September 2019

Progressive Rock and Metal: Towards a Contemporary Understanding 
The 4th Biennial International Conference of the Progect Network for the Study of Progressive Rock

Hosted by Lori Burns at the University of Ottawa, May 20-22, 2020 (Ottawa, Canada)

Progressive Rock and Metal: Towards a Contemporary Understanding aims to explore the past and present contexts of the genres of progressive rock and metal. The Progect Network has met in France (2014), in Scotland (2016), and in Sweden (2018). The 2020 meeting will mark the first North American hosting of this conference and will thus expand participation and open the scholarly dialogue in exciting ways. This conference will bring together scholars who have addressed the musical structures and expression of 1970s progressive rock, as well as scholars working on the more contemporary manifestations of the progressive. We encourage submissions from scholars from a range of disciplinary orientations.

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cfp: Groove the City 2020 – Constructing and Deconstructing Urban Spaces through Music

The conference will take place from Feb. 13th to 15th at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.

We are looking for papers that transgress the boundaries between our notions of music and space. We are explicitly following Henri Lefèbvre’s (1991) concept of a dialectics of triplicity and Edward Soja’s (2008) trialectic of spatiality. A first level encompasses material, physical, and social spaces of music and the mutuality of sound–music and space–architecture from historical, social, economic and cultural perspectives. A second level focusses on the mutuality of music and symbolic aspects of space such as images, brands, and imaginaries. While the third level should open up an arena of powerful mediations between music–sound and spatial politics, whether this results in the appropriation of the city by music or the appropriation of music by the city.

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cfp: Gender and Creativity in Music Worlds

Call for Papers for the MusicaFemina International Symposium Budapest

“Gender and Creativity in Music Worlds”

8-9 January 2020

As part of its Hungarian event series, MusicaFemina International is organizing a symposium and workshop in Budapest on 8-9 January 2020. The initiative, involving Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Germany, is primarily aimed at creating the conditions for more balanced relations of gender in the various spheres and institutions of music production.

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cfp: Listening to (Mainstream) Popular Music in 2020: Sounds and Practices

21–22 May 2020 
Department of Music, University of Innsbruck, Austria 


The interdisciplinary conference seeks to intensify the scientific discourse on the current sounds of popular music, and about those who stream, buy, talk about, like, use, and listen to them. The goal is to bring together different approaches unified by the interest in the cultural meanings, identities, experiences, and values that music without a clear subcultural context is being loaded with.

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cfp: Agents and Actors: Networks in Music History

Agents and Actors: Networks in Music History
Sixth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History

Wednesday 3 June—Friday 5 June, 2020
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2019

The Fifth Symposium took institutionalisation as its theme in order to contribute to and clarify the ways in which they exert power, the relationships between then, and the hierarchies they establish. In the final plenary session, delegates debated a range of topics that might be given further consideration in the next symposium. The discussion largely focussed on two areas of interest – heritage andnetworks – and both were considered important current areas of work with which the next symposium could engage. It has been decided that the sixth symposium should concentrate on networks and music, while the seventh would focus on questions of heritage.
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cfp: Putting the Empire into Music – Investigating the VIA Phenomenon

Putting the Empire into Music – Investigating the VIA Phenomenon
23rd–24th April 2020
Wissenschaftsforum Potsdam
Deadline: 30.10.2019
https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-40871?title=putting-the-empire-into-music-investigating-the-via-phenomenon&recno=19&q=&sort=&fq=&total=848

All across the Soviet Union, from Belarus to Central Asia, from Moscow to Georgia, the VIA phenomenon (Vokal’no–instrumental’nyi ansambl’) played a central role in Soviet popular music and culture. The label VIA applied to acts which were quite distinct from other musical genres and subcultures (bards, punk, rock and jazz) and was invented by the Soviet authorities in the early 1960s in order to counter the growing influence of Western pop music in the empire. From this date onwards until the end of the Soviet Union, a number of well-known popular musicians entered the scene and made a lasting impression on the Soviet and post-Soviet collective memory. Bands like Ariėl’, Pesniary, Gunesh, Vesëlye rebiata, Orėra, Siabry, Zemliane and Golubye Gitary blended different musical styles and genres like pop, beat, rock, jazz, synth-pop, progressive rock and electronic music; with catchy melodies, a good dose of experimentalism and a solid technique, and managed to gain popularity while maintaining high production and recording standards.
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cfp: IASPM-US 2020 Conference: “BPM: Bodies, Places, Movements”

IASPM-US 2020 Conference: “BPM: Bodies, Places, Movements”
May 21-23, 2020
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States chapter (IASPM-US) invites proposals for its annual conference, which will take place in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan on May 21-23, 2020. We welcome abstracts on all aspects of popular music, broadly defined, from any discipline or profession, and especially encourage submissions on the many rich popular music histories of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.
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cfp: International Summit on Gender, Sexuality, and Equity in Grove Music Online

International Summit on Gender, Sexuality, and Equity in Grove Music Online
University of Guelph (Canada)
May 29, 30, and 31, 2020

In the fall of 2019, Grove Music Online (GMO) will launch a comprehensive revision and expansion of its content relating to gender and sexuality. While its focus is on gender and sexuality, this endeavor presents an opportunity for all fields of music and sound scholarship— performance, education, composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, library science, music theory, and music therapy—to take an intersectional approach to addressing equity and inclusion of all kinds in print and digital reference documents (encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, educational materials, source books, score anthologies, museum exhibits, and so on). To that end, in collaboration with scholarly and community partners, the University of Guelph will hold a summit from May 29-31, 2020.
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