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/

Riffs: Experimental Writing on Popular Music – Volume 3 – Issue 1 (cfp)

Ideas of noise…

Submissions should in some way critically engage with “ideas of noise” as a statement, a question, or even consider the Birmingham-based experimental sound festival, Ideas of Noise.
As the journal title suggests, we are interested in pieces that take an experimental approach to the consideration of popular music. For examples of pieces based on previous prompts, have a look through our current and past issues.

We encourage experimental audio, visual, and additional written contributions, from composition to poetry. Ten contributions (to include visual contributions up to six pages of A4) will be published online and in limited edition print in February 2019.

Deadline for 300-word proposals- 30th September

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The History of European Jazz

The History of European Jazz
Edited by Francesco Martinelli
Series: Popular Music History edited by Alyn Shipton

HB 9781781794463 £195
e-PDF 9781781796078 £195
752pp, 80 photos and 1 map

Pre-order quoting the code JAZZ from the book page of the Equinox website to receive 25% off:

The History of European Jazz; The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context; Francesco Martinelli


This offer is valid until 15 September 2018 only.

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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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EC announcement about travel grants to Canberra 2019

In preparation for the XX Biennial IASPM Conference, which will take place in Canberra, Australia, 24-28 June 2019, and in view of the high cost of flights from practically all continents to Australia, the Executive Committee would like to make the following announcements:

1. Unless we must face unforeseeable expenses next year, the Executive Committee considers that IASPM is in a position to invest a substantial amount of money in travel grants, probably not less than 25,000 USD, so that a significant number of low income members are able to attend the Canberra conference.

2. Since the criteria applied for travel grants to attend the Kassel conference were discussed during the General Assembly, but not amended, we intend to maintain them. Therefore, the criteria for eligibility will be: 1) membership up to date 2) at least one year of seniority (in this case, being a member at least since 2018) 3) proof of insufficient funding. The scoring will depend on: 1) geographical distance (we will decide a scale in due time), 2) IASPM responsibilities at branch or international level, and 3) attendance of local and international IASPM events. Having been awarded a travel grant in previous years will detract points.

3. If grantees purchase their flights before a certain date, which will be announced in due time, they will be able to receive up to the 50% of their grants before the conference. The rest of the grant would be paid during the conference, as usual. This will be accorded upon request only, and it will be available for unwaged members only.

4. We intend to open the application period for travel grants shortly after the Academic Committee has reviewed all the abstracts and letters of acceptance have been sent out. The results of the application process will be announced as early as possible, so that grantees can book their flights at better prices.

5. Finally, we would like to thank all branches that have updated their membership lists and paid their fees promptly, and urge the rest to do it as soon as possible, or contact the Membership Secretary or the Treasurer (iaspminternational@gmail.com) if they are not able to do so. As you can imagine, prompt payment will be especially welcome next year.

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