PhD Research Fellow in World Music

PhD Research Fellow in World Music
Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Ref. 51/14
Closing date for applications: 9 May 2014

The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as PhD Research Fellow in World Music with emphasis on Popular Music for a period of three years, at the Department of Popular Music, Faculty of Fine Arts. The position is located in Kristiansand, Norway. The starting date is negotiable. Continue reading

IASPM Journal: Popular Music Education

Call for articles
IASPM@Journal
Popular Music Education

Popular music education is a subject that is at present under-explored, despite increasing numbers of popular music courses and other educational provision. More research is needed to map out the area and engage critically with the many new challenges it is presenting. IASPM@Journal, the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, wishes to encourage further research and debate in this area, with a special issue on popular music education, for publication in 2015. Continue reading

Discover Hendrix at Handel House

Christian Lloyd and Sheila Whiteley
invite you to
Discover Hendrix at Handel House

As many of you know, I have had what seems a life-long love of Hendrix and you can imagine my delight when Christian Lloyd (BADER Study Centre, Queen’s University, Herstmonceux) asked whether I’d be interested in being involved with a Hendrix exhibition. This was last year, and having been briefed by museum director, Sarah Bardwell, we are now gathering information for an exhibition booklet, and thinking about websites and apps. Continue reading

Sting and the Gravitational Pull of Newcastle

Creative Industries Research Institute (CIRI) Seminar
Sting and the Gravitational Pull of Newcastle
Paul Carr
7 May at 3pm
Board Room (CA419), The ATRiuM, University of South Wales, Cardiff

Abstract: Born in Wallsend, a mainly working class area of North Tyneside in the early 1950s, Gordon Sumner, aka Sting’s creativity and drive for success were established in the region of his birth, with vestiges of the spaces and places of his upbringing, social conditions and ‘Northern Englishness’ continuing to re-emerge in his music long after he left the area. When broadly considering his relationship with the city, it is possible to regard the years 1977 – 1985 in terms of ‘outward momentum’, while close to the last 30 years have witnessed an increasing gravitational pull – during which his interface with the city has become more regular and profound. Continue reading

Popular Music Education: Paradigms, Practices, Pedagogies, Problems

Call for chapters
Popular Music Education: Paradigms, Practices, Pedagogies, Problems
Deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2014

Popular music has a growing presence in education (formal and otherwise), from primary school to postgraduate study. Programmes, courses and modules in popular music studies, popular music performance, songwriting and many areas of music technology that could be said to relate chiefly to popular music (such as DJ-ing, for example) are becoming commonplace across higher education. Additionally, specialist pop/rock/jazz graded exam syllabi (RockSchool and Trinity Rock and Pop, for example) have emerged in recent years, meaning that it is now possible for school leavers in some countries to have obtained university entry requirements having only studied popular music. In the context of teacher education, classroom teachers and music-specialists alike are becoming increasingly empowered to introduce popular music into their classrooms. However, discourse regarding ‘popular music’ in education still tends to take place alongside normative discourse around ‘music’. Continue reading

Metal and Cultural Impact

Call for papers
Metal and Cultural Impact: Metal’s Role in the 21st Century
6-8 November 2014
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio, USA

Metal Studies is a growing interdisciplinary field, connected, though not limited, to fields as diverse as Popular Culture, Leisure Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, History, English Studies, Music, Cultural and Critical Studies, Gender Studies, Critical Theory, and Business and Economics. Continue reading

South African Society for Research in Music

Call for papers
South African Society for Research in Music
Eighteenth Annual Congress
12-14 September 2014
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

SASRIM cordially invites you to its 2014 annual congress to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The keynote speaker will be well-known music education specialist Lucy Green from the Institute of Education at the University of London. Continue reading

Hearing Landscape Critically

Call for papers
Hearing Landscape Critically: Music, Place, and the Spaces of Sound
Harvard University
14-16 January 2015

Everything that is resounds … The landscape resounds; facades, caricatures, halos, shadows dance across it. (Alphonso Lingis)

Landscapes are spaces of community and segregation, of inspiration, mystification, nourishment, and devastation. Though landscape has long been acknowledged as a foundational element of our historical and contemporary engagement with the world, the significance of sound and music in shaping notions and perceptions of landscape has only recently begun to receive sustained critical attention. Continue reading

IASPM Australia-New Zealand Branch 2014 Conference

Call for papers
Into the Mix: People, Places, Processes
IASPM Australia-New Zealand Branch 2014 Conference
5-7 December 2014
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

The theme of this year’s conference is “Into the Mix”. The “mix” is both literal (referring to various stages in the production of popular music, as well as important creative processes such as sampling, remixing and DJing) and an analogy for all types of musical hybridities and encounters, the fluid nature of musical meanings and musical experiences, and the fluidity or movement of ideas, sounds and peoples. The notion of the “mix” is defined broadly; it might involve popular music production processes, a creative setting, or another space where people, places and processes are foregrounded as part of an interpretive cultural analysis. Contributions might be case-study analyses underpinned by historical, ethnographic or critical enquiry, or focused entirely on theoretical orientations addressing music production, as well as hybridity and related topics. Continue reading