Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures

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Holy Crap!
Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures
28–29 August 2014
Helsinki, Finland

Holy Crap! is an international conference organised by the Finnish Youth Research Society and Network, focusing on the interrelations between popular culture, youth and the sacred. The conference aims at interrogating understandings of popular and youth cultures in relation to the contested phenomena of (post)secularisation, re-enchantment and the emergence of alternative spiritualities. Continue reading

IASPM-Canada 31st Annual Conference

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IASPM-Canada 31st Annual Conference
Université Laval
, Québec
23-25 May 2014

This year’s conference will take place at Université Laval in Quebec City. Founded in 1663, Laval is the oldest francophone university in North America and one of Canada’s leading research institutions. The university provides easy access to Quebec City with its stimulating combination of historic architecture and a vibrant and diverse cultural life. Continue reading

Midwest Graduate Music Consortium‏

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Midwest Graduate Music Consortium 2014
11-12 April 2014
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Music

The 18th annual meeting of the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (MGMC) will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on 11-12 April 2014. Tamara Levitz (UCLA) will serve as the keynote speaker. MGMC is a joint venture organized by graduate students from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison that encourages the presentation of original research and the composition of new music by graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Continue reading

Cultural Appropriation in the Age of Social Media

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Cultural Appropriation in the Age of Social Media
African Studies Association UK’s Biennial Conference (ASAUK)
University of Sussex
9-11 September 2014

In recent years, social media have played a significant role in catapulting relatively obscure artists or cultural phenomena to international fame, seemingly overnight. The promise of Web 2.0 is that anyone with access to the Internet can find audiences and markets. The spontaneous uptake of memes on social media platforms seems to prove this. Likewise, we have seen South African bands, such as Die Antwoord, rise to fame via social media. Continue reading

Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US

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Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US
African Studies Association UK’s Biennial Conference (ASAUK)
University of Sussex
9-11 September 2014

Hip-hop’s appeal beyond the US has been well documented by recent scholarship and documentaries. Despite the global uptake of hip-hop by a range of musicians, dancers and visual artists, mainstream media tend to focus upon commercial hip-hop from the US almost exclusively. Continue reading

Metal and Marginalisation

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Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal‏
Centre for Women’s Studies and the International Society of Metal Music Scholars
University of York, UK
11 April 2014

Since the rising dawn of metallectualism, heavy metal scholars have acknowledged metal’s capacity to creatively explore forms of individualism, alterity and otherness. Further, metal frequently casts itself as a marginalised group in mainstream society, with fans and musicians often revelling in their outsider status which is reinforced by references to non-conforming traits (Satanism, for example). Continue reading

Sonic Signatures Symposium

Sonic Signatures Symposium
9–11 April 2014
Deadline 1 November 2013
http://www.sss.musik.aau.dk

Sonic Signatures Symposium for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Registration is free (subject to acceptance of application).

The Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP) in collaboration with the European Sound Studies Association (ESSA) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual symposium series, the first of which explores Sonic Signatures. This is a unique opportunity to work with top international academics and recording industry professionals to develop the leading edge of scholarship in this crucial aspect of the analysis of recorded popular music. Over three intensive days you will workshop your own research topic in the context of some of the latest analytical approaches while at the same time being grounded in the practicalities of current creative practice. Continue reading

IASPM UK and Ireland 2014 Conference

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IASPM UK and Ireland Biennial Conference
Worlds of Popular Music
University College, Cork
11-14 September 2014

Popular music creates worlds around its listeners, temporary, often intimate, and feelingful environments within which the act of listening occurs. It meanwhile plays significant roles in the global flows of capitalism, politics, tourism and migration, and inflects the virtual spaces opened up online by digital technology. Continue reading