cfp: Ethnomusicology Review Volume 22

Ethnomusicology Review is now accepting submissions for Volume 23, scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. Starting as Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology (PRE) in 1984, Ethnomusicology Review is a refereed journal managed by UCLA graduate students and a faculty advisory board. We maintain an extensive editorial board and publish interdisciplinary music research in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, and other languages on a case-by-case basis.

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The New Norient Space – Community Platform for Music Research

Dear IASPM Colleagues

Over the last three years, we have worked hard to create the new Norient Space, The Now in Sound, a transdisciplinary virtual gallery and community platform for music research, music journalism and art. We shut down the Norient magazine yesterday. 

The planned Norient Space will offer an extensive archive and can increase the public visibility and acceptance of research fields such as ethnomusicology, popular music studies, sound studies, digital humanities, media studies, postcolonial studies and artistic research.

Please have a look at our crowdfunding campaign

In English: https://www.startnext.com/en/norient

Auf Deutsch: https://www.startnext.com/de/norient  

You can become 1 of 1000 Founding Members, or support it small or big, and you can test the existing beta-site. Please also help to share it with your colleagues, via email, social media, mailing lists, newsletters…  – The space will only go online, if supported by a strong community and dedicated membership. If we miss this big step, Norient could disappear altogether.  

Our goal is to create independent community of thinkers and artists worldwide. We will continue to produce and publish quality content, but we will also provide new formats to promote your books, journals, films, podcasts, or conference proceedings. We think such a platform is long overdue – Research must reach the public and must not be hidden in university libraries. Only in this way can it initiate social developments. 

Norient will continue to present great music, and will remain an advocate for music scenes from Bolivia to Ghana to Pakistan – and for a world beyond Eurocentrism, exoticism and discrimination.

As a founding member, you can make this vision of a multi-layered, polyphonic writing of contemporary history through music , sound and noise(s) a reality. Only together, can we defy algorithms and filter bubbles – and tell new stories that are heard far and wide.

We would therefore be delighted if you join us and support our idea. 

We can’t wait to get started!  


Kindest Regards,

Thomas Burkhalter and Sandra Passaro

PCA Canada (Pop and Politics)

Pop and Politics:

State of the Field/State of the World

Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada

Concordia University, Montreal, QC, May 7-9, 2020

After a one-year hiatus, the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada is back and looking forward—as well as up, left, right, down, and back. For our 9th annual conference, which will take place at Concordia University in Montreal, QC from May 7th-9th, 2020, we’re reflecting on the state of our field by inviting discussion on the relationship between popular culture and politics, broadly conceived.

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Sound / Music / Decoloniality: A Research Colloquium

Maynooth University Arts & Humanities Institute

24-25 March 2020

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Rachel Harris (SOAS)

Dr Thomas Irvine (Southampton)

It is well understood that sound and music operate as media of governance in various historical and contemporary colonial matrices of power. As such, they have been central not only to processes of territorial colonization, but also to cognitive and behavioural colonization. Indeed, efforts to displace or ‘write over’ other soundscapes and to delegitimize and render mute other forms of knowledge production, other aural/musical epistemes, are integral to colonial and imperial processes of epistemicide.

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cfp: Big Sounds from Small Places (IASPM Canada)

Big Sounds from Small Places

IASPM Canada Annual Conference 2020 Call For Papers

Cape Breton University: Sydney, Nova Scotia

12 – 14 June 2020

Submission Deadline15 December 2019

As we enter into a new decade it’s apt to question our place in the world. Almost sixty years ago, Marshall McLuhan notably coined the term Global Village to refer to the global spread of media content and consumption, and yet Canada still struggles with its position in the world as an imposing landmass with a relatively small population, and how that influences where and how its cultural texts are encountered. This conference seeks to address the concept of voice and sound as tied to space and place, in the broadest sense. In regards to popular music in Canada, we have established a strong identity, but one that is often defined in opposition to our more vocal neighbours to the South. As we continuously define and redefine Canadian cultural identity, and cultural outputs, this conference questions how our musical landscape has historically adapted, and will continue to adapt, to an increasingly globalized environment.

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