BAPMAF Archives Accra Flood Disaster Report

Update from John Collins on the Accra flood disaster
BAPMAF webpage
Information on donations

It’s now almost three months since the disastrous Accra floods of October 26th hit my house and the BAPMAF music archives. So in this letter I want to update the situation and also thank the people who contributed through sympathetic and morale-boosting emails and through financial donations and other forms of support. Continue reading “BAPMAF Archives Accra Flood Disaster Report”

4th Music and Media Meeting

Call for papers
Music and Media
28-29 June 2012
Università di Torino, Turin

The IMS study group ‘Music and Media’ (MaM) will hold its fourth international meeting in Turin at the Università di Torino, as pre-conference to the IMS Rome 2012 conference. One of the themes will be ‘Unheard Melodies: 25 years’. This session will thematize a retrospective on Claudia Gorbman’s groundbreaking book on the role of narrative film music. Continue reading “4th Music and Media Meeting”

Rock, Pop and Culture Subjects for TEMPO Series

Call for authors
Rock, Pop and Culture Subjects for TEMPO Series

Scarecrow Press (United States) is accepting proposals for book-length studies in English on rock, popular music, and culture for a new book series called TEMPO.

“Drawing from the fields of culture studies, sociology, media studies, music history and literary studies, Tempo books will study an artist, genre or subgenre of rock or popular music as emerging in a cultural context and as developing in response to the surrounding forces of the times. Written for college-level audiences and general readers, Tempo books will present clear and engaging studies that assess an artist’s influence on the music industry and wider social contexts.”

For more information and proposal guidelines, visit: https://tempobooks.wordpress.com/

Tempo Series Editor: Scott Calhoun, tempo@scarecrowpress.com

Music, Methods and the Social

Call for papers
Music, Methods and the Social: A Research Workshop
May 17-18 2012
Curve Theatre, Leicester, UK

Trying to understand music as a social form raises the issue of methods. This is partly because of the ubiquity and polyvalence of music, which penetrates all areas of the social world in multiple ways, making investigation difficult. A further problem is that many conventional ways of representing musical sounds and practices pose challenges to scholars outside musicological disciplines. Yet is clear that to understand why music matters to people so profoundly we need a grasp both of the social, and the ways that music works as organised sound. How do we achieve this? Continue reading “Music, Methods and the Social”

User-Generated Culture‏

Call for papers
You, Me, User – Conference on User-Generated Culture
May 25 – May 26 2012 in Helsinki

From social media to video games and from online fan production to machinima, the phenomenon of user-generated culture has secured its position in the mainstream during the last few years. This shift has resulted from the blurring boundaries between media production and consumption as well as between professional and amateur authorship. The phenomenon is claimed to be characterized by collaboration, accessibility and democratic potential. During the You, Me, User Conference we approach the user-generated culture, or in other words, multiple situations where culture becomes modified, produced and distributed through everyday practices, social and new media. Continue reading “User-Generated Culture‏”

Popular Music and Automobile Culture

Call for papers
Friday 22 June 2012
One-Day Symposium
Binks Building, University of Chester, England

Event organisers: Dr Chris Hart, Dr Mark Duffett and Dr Beate Peter

From Cadillacs to tour buses, motor vehicles and popular music have developed in parallel as symbiotic commodities. Their intimate and intertwined relationship evokes issues and feelings that characterize life in modern society. The conference aims to outline and discuss this relationship between these two culturally charged commodities. Continue reading “Popular Music and Automobile Culture”

From Adele to Zeca Afonso: The Singer-Songwriter in Europe

Call for papers
13-14 September 2012
University of Leeds

The label singer-songwriter has been applied to a wide range of artists, including Joan Manuel Serrat, Paolo Conte, Véronique Sanson and John Lennon. The use of this and related terms (auteur-compositeur-interprète, cantautore and cantautor to name but three) and interpretations of the singer-songwriter’s work differ significantly according to the cultures in which such music is produced and received. Continue reading “From Adele to Zeca Afonso: The Singer-Songwriter in Europe”