4th ISMMS biennial international Conference, 17-20 June 2019, Nantes (France)

International Society For Metal Music Studies
Call for Papers
4th ISMMS biennial international Conference, 17-20 June 2019, Nantes (France)
“Locating Heavy Metal Music and Culture”
www.francemetalstudies.org

1. Presentation
Five years have passed since the inception of the ISMMS (International Society for Metal Music Studies), an international association that has been triggering a new dynamic of collective research on hard rock, heavy metal and metal within the humanities and social sciences. It was officially launched during the first conference on “Heavy Metal and Popular Culture” at Bowling Green State University (Ohio, USA) in April 2013. This founding event which was followed in 2015 by the “Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Culture” at the University of Helsinki’s (Finland) International Institute for Popular Culture, and in 2017 by the “Boundaries and Ties: the Place of Music Communities” Conference one at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada).
Within that time span, academic research and events dedicated to metal studies (books, scholarly journal issues, conferences, and workshops) have multiplied all around the globe – a process confirmed by the creation in 2013 of Metal Music Studies (Intellect Books), an interdisciplinary research journal.

Following the United States, Finland and Canada, France will thus be hosting the 2019 edition of this metal studies conference. After years of prosperous research and study, and six years after the birth of the ISMMS, time has come to review knowledge on metal music and culture.

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Music, Death and Afterlife (Pop Conference 2019, Seattle)

Pop Conference 2019:
“Only You And Your Ghost Will Know”:
Music, Death and Afterlife

April 11th-April 14th, 2019
Museum of Pop Culture
Seattle, WA
USA

Call for Proposals

Popular music has long been centrally concerned with death and the afterlife. Songs, recordings and musical traditions have expressed both mourning and celebration, and have – in some cases – helped envision the possibilities of a continued existence where “death is not the end.” From gospel to metal and beyond, music pays tribute to the departed, offers opportunities for ceremony and commemoration, and helps to process tragedies both personal and public. It even blurs the boundaries between states of life and death, offering sonic and symbolic evidence for hauntings, purgatories, and the continued presence of ancestors in the lives of the earthbound. Genres, formats and media exist in a continual process of transformation, decay and re-emergence—and boost both active artists and defunct (or deceased) ones. Songs and performances are reborn through new versions, different contexts and changing relationships with audiences.

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ISIC 15: “Island Festivals and Music Tourism”

ISIC 15: “Island Festivals and Music Tourism”
July 9–13 2019, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
The Institute of Caribbean Studies (University of the West Indies, Mona Campus), the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI) and the Sydney Institute of Music and Sound Research welcome proposals for paper and/or panel presentations from any disciplinary field, as well as from managers and practitioners who are interested in island issues, to the 15th International Small Island Cultures (ISIC) Conference – on the theme of Island Festivals and Music Tourism.

Those interested to present papers on any aspect of the conference theme should submit a 200-word abstract to the conference organising committee by email before 30 November 2017 at: sydneyimsr@gmail.com

The conference will be preceded by a tour of Kingston’s most significant reggae centres, followed by a further cultural tour to the Sumfest Reggae Festival in Montego Bay. Those wishing to engage in the tour experience will be able to register for each of the tour options.

Registration and More Information

Further information about the conference, including travel, tours and accommodation information will be available shortly on the SICRI website: http://sicri-network.org/

Music, digitalisation and democracy (cfp)

Music, digitalisation and democracy
Study day at Åbo Akademi University, December 14, 2018
Organised by Dept of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University, the research project
“Digitaliseringens inverkan på minoritetsmusik” (DIMM) and IASPM Norden

Call for Papers

On Friday, December 14, 2018, the Department of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University
and the research project “Digitaliseringens inverkan på minoritetsmusik” (DIMM – “The
Impact of Digitalisation on Minority Music”) will host a study day at Åbo Akademi University
in Turku, Finland.

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6th Global Reggae Conference – Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II

6th Global Reggae Conference – Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II
February 13-16, 2019, UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, MONA CAMPUS

The University of the West Indies and Birmingham City University are delighted to announce the staging of the 6th Global Reggae Conference under the theme Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II. Hosted as a premier biennial event by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit inside Jamaica’s Reggae Month, this conference will engage academics within a wide field of scholastic orientations and practice. This event comes as part of larger project on music and cultural innovation and black popular culture through which both Universities have engaged in a partnership to expand scholarship and outreach through community engagement, experimentation, archive building, exhibitions, among others.

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Balancing The Mix: A Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice

Balancing The Mix: A Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice
University of Memphis, 30 March 2019

The history of post-war popular music has been closely associated with concerns for social justice. It is not only that particular ideals (equality, community, rights, an end to oppression and discrimination) have animated the public sphere; it is also that those ideals have – whether we look at blues, gospel, world music, punk or hip-hop, for instance – been central in many music genres. This is no surprize, insofar as post-war popular music has developed in parallel with the rise of humanism, the postcolonial era, civil rights, the culture wars, and the rise of identity politics. In that sense, and more, music has been political, and further politicized: employed as an opportunity to establish empathy, express solidarity, and mobilize agents of change. Issues of social justice have in turn influenced public decisions about, for example, music funding, heritage and archiving. For this conference, we invite papers (or panels) based on topics related to popular music and social justice in the widest sense. These may include:

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Balancing The Mix: A Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice

Call for Papers:

Balancing The Mix: A Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice
University of Memphis, 30 March 2019

The history of post-war popular music has been closely associated with concerns for social justice. It is not only that particular ideals (equality, community, rights, an end to oppression and discrimination) have animated the public sphere; it is also that those ideals have – whether we look at blues, gospel, world music, punk or hip-hop, for instance – been central in many music genres. This is no surprize, insofar as post-war popular music has developed in parallel with the rise of humanism, the postcolonial era, civil rights, the culture wars, and the rise of identity politics. In that sense, and more, music has been political, and further politicized: employed as an opportunity to establish empathy, express solidarity, and mobilize agents of change. Issues of social justice have in turn influenced public decisions about, for example, music funding, heritage and archiving. For this conference, we invite papers (or panels) based on topics related to popular music and social justice in the widest sense.

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IASPM-US 2019 call for papers

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States chapter invites proposals for its 2019 conference. The meeting, which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 7-10, 2019, will feature the theme “Musical Cities: Music, Historiography, and Myth.” We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels (up to four individuals) on any aspect of popular music, especially proposals on the musical cultures of New Orleans; music in and of the global and local South; and music and race and resistance.

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