International Conference on Music Semiotics, University of Edinburgh‏

Call for papers
International Conference on Music Semiotics in Memory of Raymond Monelle
Establishing New Musical ‘Topics’ in the Repertoire and Popular Culture
University of Edinburgh Music Department, United Kingdom
26-28 October 2012

The Department of Music at The University of Edinburgh presents an international conference on Music Semiotics in memory of Professor Raymond Monelle, with the support of the UoE Innovation Initiative Grants. Continue reading

Masters Scholarships at the London College of Music

The Mollie Clay Scholarship
Value: £2,500
Available: Academic year 2012/13
Eligibility criteria: Applicants must be prospective students commencing a postgraduate degree course in the academic year 2012/13.
Closing date: 30 April 2012
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Anthony Coad Academic Scholarships
Value: £2500
Available: Academic year 2012/13
Eligibility criteria: This Scholarship is available to current students enrolled on a full-time course of study with the London College of Music. It is awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential to achieve. Application form will be available in September 2012.
Closing date: 30 November 2012
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The University is also currently offering a £1000 discount to International Students on masters courses. Continue reading

IASPM 2013 – Deadline Extension

Call for papers – extended to May 2 2012
Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Challenging Orthodoxies
IASPM 17th Biennial Conference
24-28 June 2013
Universidad de Oviedo
Place: Gijón, Spain

The IASPM Executive have decided to extend the submission deadline for the Gijón Conference to May 2 2012.

Be aware that this is the last date for submissions, since we are inaugurating a process of review by an Academic Committee who needs time to read and compose a viable conference programme. Continue reading

Live Music Exchange, Leeds

Live Music Exchange, Leeds: Interesting Times for Local Live Music
Venue Bar Meeting Room, Leeds College of Music, Leeds
Friday 4th – Saturday 5th May 2012

The focus of the event is the problems of local live music promotion in the current global economic crisis. Our conference runs in conjunction with the Live @ Leeds festival and the Unconference, therefore there is a particular focus on Leeds and surrounding areas. NB while a Live at Leeds ticket doesn’t get you into the Live Music Exchange, it does get you in to the Unconference, and vice versa. Continue reading

Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2

Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2
Noel McLaughlin, University of Northumbria and Martin McLoone, University of Ulster
Foreword by Dave Laing
Irish Academic Press

This book explores Irish rock’s relationship to the wider world of international popular music through detailed analysis of the island’s most prominent artists and bands such as U2, Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, The Boomtown Rats and Horslips – and key musical movements including the Beat Scene, the Folk Revival, Northern Irish Punk and Dance Music in Ireland. Continue reading

Cultures of Popular Music Seminar Programme

Cultures of Popular Music Seminar Programme 2012, Brisbane
A series of fortnightly seminars supported by Griffith University’s Centre for Cultural Research

All sessions are free of charge and will take place between 6.30 – 8.00 pm. Venue will be the S07 2.19 in the Griffith Graduate Centre. Refreshments will be available. And we tend to go for a drink at the Ship Inn after the event, so it’s a good place to meet other people studying music in Brisbane.

A Facebook Group for the series can be found here:

If you’re on Facebook, please join and stay up to date. Continue reading

IASPM@Journal Vol 2/1&2

IASPM@Journal Vol 2/1&2
Published: 29 February, 2012
“State of the Nation: Review(s) of Popular Music Studies”
Special Issue Editor: Martha Tupinambá de Ulhôa

The second volume, State of the Nation: Review(s) of Popular Music Studies, specially edited by Martha Ulhôa during her Visiting Research Fellowship at King’s College, London, addresses the state of popular music studies in national and regional contexts, reflecting on the challenges in popular music studies. The contributions very much echo debates that took place at the South African IASPM 2011 conference, which was devoted to the “many ways of situating popular music in the light of IASPM celebrating its 30th year”. This issue, therefore, opens with an overview by Philip Tagg, co-founder of IASPM, kick-starting a critical argument that will hopefully inspire many of our member-readers to respond. Continue reading

A Special Relationship? Irish Popular Music in Britain

Call for papers
Northumbria University in conjunction with the Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster
27-28 June 2012

Ireland and Britain share in large measure a common, if disputed, history. Ireland is, of course, a former colony of Britain, and Northern Ireland is still part of the United Kingdom so that one of the conundrums of the Irish experience is that it is both post-colonial and neo-colonial; national and regional; periphery and centre. Irish popular music, therefore, displays a complex set of sometimes contradictory characteristics, and Irish artists and musicians work within and against such an intricate web of social, economic, political and cultural influences that their art and music raises dizzying questions about national identity. Continue reading

IASPM-ANZ 2012 Conference‏

Call for papers
Shifting Sounds: Musical Flow
IASPM-ANZ 2012 Conference‏
University of Tasmania, Hobart
5-7 December 2012

We are delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2012 annual conference of IASPM-ANZ. This year, the conference will be organized by Dr Michelle Phillipov, and held at the University of Tasmania. We are pleased to stage our annual event in Hobart in keeping with the rotating conference schedule of Australia and New Zealand locations. Continue reading