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

Seminar on Terror, Music and War Games‏

Goldsmiths Popular Music Research Units presents
An Altered State: Terror, Music and War Games – Oslo, 22 July 2011
Professor Stan Hawkins, Birgitte Sandve and Karl-Magnus Bjorøy, University of Oslo, Norway
Small Hall Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross SE14 6NW
Thursday 26 April 2.30pm

Prior to the bombing of the government quarter in Oslo and the massacre on the island of Utøya on 22 July 2011, a YouTube video was released by Anders Behring Breivik. He used this to present his detailed manifesto. Music contributed to the chilling message. This lecture considers the role of music in motivating the Norwegian terrorist, as part of a project on music and transculturalism in Norway. Continue reading

Doing Fieldwork in Nightlife Scenes and EDMCs

Call for submissions
Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
Doing Fieldwork in Nightlife Scenes and EDMCs
Guest editor: Luis-Manuel Garcia

This special edition of Dancecult seeks to address the fact that, although many EDM (Electronic Dance Music) projects have a significant ethnographic component, there are few methodological resources available to ethnographers of EDM scenes/cultures. Continue reading

Popular Music Studies in the Twenty-First Century‏

Call for submissions
IASPM Journal
November 2012
Popular Music Studies in the Twenty-First Century

It is thirty years since the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) was founded and the journal Popular Music was launched. Although much is different today in popular music studies, the field still faces a number of challenges, some of which have changed very little during the intervening period. Continue reading

Call for Nominations IASPM-Canada Book Prize

Call for nominations
IASPM-Canada Book Prize
Deadline for nominations: 1 April 2012

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-Canada Branch (IASPM-Canada) requests your nominations for the most distinguished monograph in popular music studies, or with substantial content related to popular music studies, that has been written by a Canadian author, or published by a Canadian-based press, or that deals substantially with Canadian subject matter. Nominated books must have been published in 2011 . Continue reading

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor: Music Technology

South African College of Music (SACM)
Faculty of Humanities
University of Cape Town

The South African College of Music within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town, South Africa is expanding its Music Technology training programme to a four-year undergraduate major within a BMus degree and wishes to establish a full-time permanent academic post in Music Technology for this purpose. Continue reading

Race & Ethnicity in Cultural Production‏

Call for submissions
Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture
Special Issue on Race and Ethnicity in Cultural Production
Editors: David Hesmondhalgh and Anamik Saha

Within media and cultural studies, questions of race and cultural difference in popular culture have tended to be explored through textual analysis, in relation to what Stuart Hall (1988) called “the politics of representation”, in terms of how they either reinforce or challenge essentialist notions of race and ethnic identity. Some of the most important recent interventions in cultural studies however, are those that have gone beyond the text and have focused on the production of culture and identity as constituted in, and by, global transformations (Clarke and Thomas, 2006; Niranjana, 2006). Yet far less attention has been paid to the production and circulation of representations of difference in popular culture. The aim of this special issue of Popular Communication is to address race and ethnicity in terms of how they are experienced in cultural production, in both its everyday and industrial contexts, and in terms of how they influence the production and distribution of cultural goods. Continue reading

Live Music Exchange, Leeds: Interesting Times for Local Live Music‏

Call for papers
4-5 May 2012
Venue Bar Meeting Room, Leeds College of Music, Leeds

A conference to mark the start of a new AHRC-funded initiative: the Live Music Exchange, a knowledge transfer project emerging from three years of wide-ranging research into the social, cultural, historical and economic dimensions of live music. For more information about the Live Music Exchange, please see http://www.livemusicexchange.org

This conference is designed to forge links between industry and the academy by examining the issues facing those working at the front-line of local live music, and exploring the ways in which academic research can encourage and assist a vibrant and sustainable live music ecology. Continue reading