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

18th Biennial IASPM Conference

Call for papers
Back to the Future: Popular Music and Time
18th Biennial IASPM Conference
29 June – 3 July 2015
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
São Paulo, Brazil

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Whether in relation to rhythms, eras, live performances, lyrics, identities, politics, scenes, production, or changing technologies, the topic of time can be linked to popular music in a variety of ways. The compartmentalising of sounds into genres, the ageing of audiences, and the shifting sands of the music industry all invoke notions of the temporal. For the 18th Biennial IASPM Conference, we invite researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for presentations that engage with the theme of time. We encourage proposals dealing with one of the following strands: Continue reading

Musical Screens: Musical Inventions, Digital Transitions, Cultural Critique

Call for articles
Special Issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image
Musical Screens: Musical Inventions, Digital Transitions, Cultural Critique
Special Issue Editor: James Tobias, Associate Professor, UC Riverside

This special issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image will be dedicated to position papers analyzing “Musical Screens” in transmedia contexts. We seek contributions that will attempt to stake out the crucial histories, contemporary practices, and methodological innovations for understanding musicality across digital screen cultures, and amidst ongoing digital media transitions. Continue reading

Weekend Societies: Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures

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Weekend Societies: Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures
Edited by Graham St John

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals have flourished worldwide over the last 25 years. From massive raves sprouting around the London orbital at the turn of the 1990s to events operated under the control of corporate empires, EDM festivals have developed into cross-genre, multi-city, transnational mega-events. From free party teknivals proliferating across Europe since the mid-1990s to colossal attractions like Belgium’s Tomorrowland, and from neotribal gatherings like Southern California’s Lightning in a Bottle and other “transformational” festivals, to such digital arts and new media showcases as Montreal’s MUTEK and Berlin’s Club Transmediale, EDM festivals are platforms for a variety of arts, lifestyles, industries and policies. Unlicensed paroxysms, sanctioned extravaganzas, aesthetic frontiers, activist mobilisations, colonies of cosmopolitanism, they occasion manifold cultural practices, performed by multitudes to a cornucopia of ends. Continue reading

Metal and Marginalisation: Registration Open

Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal‏
Centre for Women’s Studies and the International Society of Metal Music Scholars
University of York, UK
11 April 2014

Registration for Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal Symposium is now open. More information about the day, including how to register, can be found here:

Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US

Call for papers
Symposium: Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US
African Studies Association UK’s Biennial Conference
University of Sussex
9-11 September 2014

Hip-hop’s appeal beyond the US has been well documented by recent scholarship and documentaries. Despite the global uptake of hip-hop by a range of musicians, dancers and visual artists, mainstream media tend to focus upon commercial hip-hop from the US almost exclusively. Continue reading