IASPM 2012 (UK & Ireland) Conference

IASPM 2012 (UK & Ireland) Conference
5-7 September 2012
University of Salford

An update for those attending or interested in the 2012 conference at MediaCityUK, University of Salford, in September.

1. Programme. A DRAFT programme is now available for your perusal on the conference website. There are over 30 panels, over 100 papers, from UK and Ireland and across the world too. We think it looks pretty exciting, and hope to entice you to sunny Salford in September to be with us.

2. Registration and fees information are available too now. You register and pay online, again via the website. Good news: we have held the conference cost for both full (i.e. salaried academic staff) and students to the same price as Cardiff 2010. And for early birds it’s even better: the 3-day conference fee is only £150 (full) or £110 (student). Must be outstanding value!

3. A full range of discounted accommodation options is also available for online booking via the website. Rooms for all budgets, from £39 to £115 pppn.

Sonic Visions: Popular Music On and After Television‏

Call for submissions
Sonic Visions: Popular Music On and After Television
Journal of Popular Music Studies Special Issue
Guest Editors Matt Delmont & Murray Forman

The connection of music and television calls to mind iconic performances like Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and the debut of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video on MTV in 1983. More recently, music videos have seen a resurgence in the “post-television” era, with videos like Justine Bieber’s “Baby” (ft. Ludacris) and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” (ft. Beyoncé) notching hundreds of millions of views online (671 million and 432 million, respectively, as of December 2011). At the same time, and often in the shadows of these hugely popular performances, music has been crucial to every era of television and to the development of video websites like YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo, providing profitable content, pioneering new screen technologies, and promoting debates around the visual presentation of race, gender, sexuality, and youth. Continue reading

Eighth Biennial International Conference in Music Since 1900‏

Call for papers
Eighth Biennial International Conference in Music Since 1900‏
12-15 September 2013
Liverpool Hope University

The call for the Eighth Biennial International Conference in Music Since 1900, which will take place at Liverpool Hope University, 12-15 September 2013, is now open: http://www.hope.ac.uk/events/conferences/musicsince1900conference/

Anarcho-Punk Anthology

Call for submissions
Anarcho-Punk Anthology

Mike Dines is seeking contributions from the wide spectrum of musicology and social sciences for an edited text on the anarcho-punk scene of the 1980s that will reflect upon its origins, its music(s), its identity, its legacy, its membership and circulation. Seven years ago, I was awarded my PhD for my research into the emergence of the anarcho-punk scene and, to my surprise, there are still no academic texts that fully unpack this fascinating movement and its politics. As such, I would like to put out a call for proposals in the hope that we might rectify this omission: and thus raising questions as to how we can define aesthetically, culturally, politically and ideologically the concept and meaning of the anarcho-punk scene. Continue reading

Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

Call for papers
Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
28 and 29 September 2012
University of Salford

This conference seeks to explore ideas of opposition through the full range of disciplines in the arts, media, and social sciences.

In the context of the current crisis of capitalism, there are many examples of the forms ‘opposition’ can take: the Tea Party in the United States, the rise of fascist groups, campaigns run via new technologies and social media, religious fundamentalisms, and general strikes in Greece. Though it carries radical overtones, ‘opposition’ in itself is not tied to any particular dogma, left or right. We invite papers that explore the value and values of opposition as a position to be adopted by individuals or groups. Continue reading

2nd International Congress on Ambiances

2nd International Congress on Ambiances
Ambiances in action
Montréal Canada, 19-22 September 2012

The Congress will be held for four days at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), in Montreal, from 19 to 22 September 2012. It will seek to express advances in learning and new hypotheses proposed by the various disciplines and fields of activity which address the question of ambiances. Registration for the congress is still open. Registration is carried out online and payment by credit card is possible. Continue reading

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer/Junior Lecturer (Sound Technology)‏

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer/Junior Lecturer
Department of Music and Musicology (Sound Technology)
Rhodes University

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University especially encourages South African members of designated groups to apply.

Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements of the Employment Equity Act of RSA and the University’s recruitment and selection policies and equity strategies. For more details refer to: R&S Policy for Academic Posts.


Senior Lecturer
PhD preferably with Sound Technology as a specialisation with an undergraduate qualification in music with relevant professional experience which includes expert level understanding and experience in working with audio visual systems, both digital and analogue. Proven track record in production of recorded works. Experience in live sound system, theatre system and post production systems is a requirement. Continue reading

International Sound Studies Organisation Launched‏

The European Sound Studies Organisation

On Friday 13 July 2012 the foundation of ESSA – the European Sound Studies Organisation – was announced. The committee behind the organisation consists of sound researchers from Germany, England, France, The Netherlands, and the Nordic countries.

The aim is to provide an international, interdisciplinary and interprofessional organization for promoting the study of sound by providing a forum for knowledge exchange, for conferences, for research encouragement and development of projects, and for information. Continue reading

Music and Armed Conflicts After 1945

Call for submissions
Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales nº 4
Music and armed conflicts after 1945

Coordination : Luis VELASCO PUFLEAU

The role of music to contest, legitimize, comment, pacify or intensify contemporary armed conflicts has so far received little attention by musicological research – compared to the numerous existing studies on the two World Wars. To engage an interdisciplinary reflection on this issue, mobilizing tools of musical analysis, political sociology, social history, geopolitics and anthropology, the fourth issue of Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales will focus on the relationship between music and armed conflicts in the second part of the twentieth century: decolonization wars, civil wars in Africa, Latin America and Asia, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, wars in Korea, Vietnam, Falklands, Kosovo, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Libya, etc. Continue reading