Looking Popular: Representations of the Popular in Music Visual Culture

Call for papers
Looking Popular: Representations of the Popular in Music Visual Culture
Intercongressional Symposium
The Royal Library and Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen
20-23 August 2014

The Conference will present recent research on topics related to the manner in which “the popular” in its manifold expressions might be represented in visual culture related to music, theatre and dance. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

– visual culture and media theory related to music, theatre and dance.
– organology of the instruments in use or of influence in popular music.
– popular music, theatre and dance culture as visually presented.
– topics relating to the popularisation of so-called art music as represented in visual culture.
– rock, jazz and pop music and related art forms in visual culture. Continue reading

World War 1: Media, Entertainments & Popular Culture

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World War 1: Media, Entertainments & Popular Culture
2-3 July 2015
People’s History Museum, Manchester, UK

Organised by University of Chester, University of Salford, UCLAN, Manchester Metropolitan University, People’s History Museum.

This conference aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine and discuss both contemporary and subsequent accounts, interpretations and uses of the First World War in terms of mass and popular media and entertainments. We are inviting proposals for papers on any aspect of the Media, Entertainments and Popular Culture during and after the First World War. Continue reading

MA in Popular Culture at Brock‏

MA in Popular Culture
Brock University‏
Application Deadline: 1 February 2014

The Interdisciplinary MA in Popular Culture draws on theoretical perspectives, approaches, and methods from various disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as the established interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies. The study of Popular Culture ranges from traditional textual analysis to ethnographic observation and participant interviews, and the themes and topics addressed in the program emphasize both historical and contemporary perspectives. The program espouses no single methodological or theoretical perspective. Continue reading

Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution

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Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution
First Monday
Guest editors: Raphaël Nowak (Griffith University, Australia) and Andrew Whelan (University of Wollongong, Australia)

2014 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the peer-to-peer application Napster. Developed by a student, Shawn Fanning, with the help of his friend Shawn Parker and uncle John Fanning, Napster established music downloading as a mass phenomenon. By 2001, 50 million users had downloaded content with Napster. Many other applications followed – Gnutella, Kazaa, LimeWire, eMule, Soulseek, BitTorrent, among others – further developing and entrenching p2p technology. Continue reading

4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014

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4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014
College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
8-9 August 2014

Organized by:
Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group)

College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai, Thailand

We are pleased to announce the 4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, which will take place on 8-9 August 2014 in Chiang Mai, in collaboration with College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Following the first conference in Osaka in 2008, the second conference in Hong Kong in 2010, and the third conference in Taipei in 2012, we move our next meeting to Thailand—hub of vibrant South-East Asian popular music and music industry. Continue reading

Rhythm Changes: Jazz Beyond Borders

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Rhythm Changes: Jazz Beyond Borders
4-7 September 2014
Conservatory of Amsterdam

Jazz Beyond Borders (and: Beyond the Borders of Jazz) seeks to critically explore how borders – real and imagined – have shaped, and continue to shape, debates about jazz. Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities sought to question traditional ways of understanding and articulating jazz history, and the concept of moving beyond borders – whether geographical or aesthetic – has played a key role in the project’s research strategy. Borders can be multifaceted and fluid, from geographical boundaries, to disciplinary fields, there can be theoretical or institutional borders, which permeate discourses relating to the cultural, social, political, national and ethnic as well as artistic, performative, canonical, aesthetic, stylistic and genre-related understandings of jazz. Because of the music’s inherent hybridity, jazz provides an excellent lens through which such borders, and border-policing processes, can be questioned and analysed. The music is ideally placed to think about the dividing lines between, for instance, academia and journalism, popular and art music, ‘new jazz studies’ and ‘traditional musicology’, the sonic and the visual, and so forth. Continue reading

MA in Popular Music and Culture

MA in Popular Music and Culture
Jointly offered by the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University (University of Western Ontario)
Canada

What is it?

A pioneering, innovative, and interdisciplinary MA degree program for students who want to explore any and all facets of popular music by combining cultural and creative approaches. This cross-disciplinary degree melds critical media study and cultural theory with cutting-edge explorations of recording practice and production. Continue reading

Anthropology of Music and Related Practices

Call for papers
Anthropology of Music, Popular Music Scenes, Performance Practices and Challenges of the Present
IUAES Intercongress
Japan
15-18 May 2014
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

This is an invitation to attend the panel on anthropology of music at the forthcoming IUAES Intercongress in Japan 15-18 May 2014. A very broad title of the panel is aimed to bring together anthropologists who would find interest in establishing the commission for anthropology of music and related performative practices in the frame of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Continue reading