IASPM 2021: IMPORTANT NOTICE

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As we have announced in Call for Proposals, the current climate of Covid-19 pandemic and climate change demands certain interventions in the format of international conference. We at local organising committee for IASPM 2021 are keen to employ various measures to tackle those challenges. As part of our intervention, we offer slots for online participation for those who do not wish to travel for conscientious, financial, or Covid-19-related reasons. Please submit a 300-WORD STATEMENT to apply for online participation when you register for IASPM 2021 – please note, you DO NOT need to do this when you submit your proposal. We will grant online participation slots for successful applicants. This applies to both panel and individual participation. We are working out fee structure and conference formats for online participation. We will keep you updated on this topic.

If you have any queries about online participation, please contact IASPM 2021 Secretariat at iaspm2021@gmail.com

Hyunjoon Shin         Keewoong Lee

Co-chair.                   Co-chair

IASPM 2021 Local Organising Committee

cfp: The U2 Conference

The U2 Conference
http://u2conference.com/  

Heartland: U2’s Looking For American Soul
An International Virtual U2 Conference For Scholars And Fans
October 18 – 24, 2020

U2 has journeyed – at times uneasily – through an America of pulsating metropolis, rugged heartland and shining sea. It long ago fell under the spell of America, but for just as long has felt it still hasn’t found America.

When U2 talks about America, it often describes it in terms of an idea, a dream or an experiment rather than a physical reality. Bono sings in “American Soul” (ft. Kendrick Lamar) on Songs of Experience: “It’s not a place / This country is to me a sound / Of drum and bass. … It’s not a place / This country is to me a thought / That offers grace / For every welcome that is sought.”

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IASPM 2021 (Daegu, South Korea, July 6-10, 2021) update

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Greetings!

The Local Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to the 21st Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music to be held in Daegu, South Korea, for 5 days from July 6 to 10, 2021. Here are some latest updates on the conference.

1) Thanks to popular demands, we decided to extend deadline for abstract submission for one month until 31 August 2020. The submission can be made through the IASPM 2021 website (http://iaspm2021.org/index.php?gt=abs/abs01)

* Abstract Submission: until August 31, 2020 (Korea time GMT+8)

2) The IASPM 2021 registration fee has been set. We will deliver you with the registration guide when the payment system is completed.

3) We are delighted to introduce you Keynote Speakers for IASPM 2021:

– Britta Sweers (Director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland)

– Shuhei Hosokawa (Professor Emeritus at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies)

– Chan E. Park (Professor, Ohio State University, United States)

– Jung-Sun Lee (Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, and former professor of Seoul Arts University, Korea)

4) IASPM 2021will proceed as announced in spite of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19

Despite the on-going worldwide crisis of COVID-19, the local organizing committee is working hard to make IASPM 2021 in Daegu happen. Depending on the situation in 2021, the conference could take the form of real, virtual, or hybrid. We are preparing for every possible scenario to ensure IASPM 2021 to be a successful conference. IASPM 2021 will be greatly benefitted from host city Daegu’s world-class capacity for COVID-19 control. In close cooperation with Daegu Metropolitan City, we will make sure a safe and sound conference experience for all participants. Thank you!

For further details, please visit IASPM 2021 website at http://iaspm2021.org/index.php.

Call for applications: Electronic Music Journalism

Berlin-based electronic music magazine GROOVE is teaming up with Goethe-Institute for a digital workshop programme on international electronic music journalism organized by Kristoffer Cornils and Laura Aha. We are inviting young journalists from all over the world and specifically from the so-called Global South to apply for the programme with the aim of developing a written, in-depth feature on their respective local scene. Applications are now open until August 3rd. 

The two-week seminar block will take place online from the 17th to the 28th of August and is open for the general public. Once the seminars are concluded, the ten selected participants will take action on their own: in coordination with the editors of GROOVE, they will write an article focusing on the regional specifics of electronic music in their own countries, in their native language and with a respective English translation. Besides the opportunity of having their piece published in both languages by GROOVE in November this year, the participation in the workshop programme and the article will be compensated by the Goethe-Institut with a one-time payment of € 500 per participant.

Find the whole announcement here:

https://groove.de/2020/06/29/global-groove-electronic-music-journalism/

cfp: XXI Biennial IASPM Conference in Daegu, South Korea

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“Climates of Popular Music”, 21st Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

!!! Update (see the separate message above): Please note the extended deadline 31 August, 2020!!!

See also the conference website for more details http://www.iaspm2021.org

Call for Presentations

The most pressing issue for humanity in the 21st century is global climate, and thus IASPM’s 21st Conference turns its attention towards this subject. Whereas our 20th anniversary conference considered where we have been, we now ask where we are now, what we are doing as a species, and what impact it has on our communities and our world. On a planet increasingly interconnected by a dizzying array of media channels, such a discussion has to be broadly framed. Our planet’s climate is impacted by numerous forms of human activity, including those that are individual, personal, local, communal, institutional, commercial, corporate, cultural, political, and international. This conference invites presentations that ask how popular music relates to our climate, where climate relates to any part of the totality of surrounding conditions and circumstances affecting growth or development. By “climate,” we intend to include a range of definitions, including ecological climate, political climates, socio-political climates, and contextual and individuated climates. We ask presenters to consider the impacts of activities related to popular music and its cultures on variously defined climates, and the impacts of changing or changed climates on different popular music and its contexts. 

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cfp: Independent Music Labels: Histories, Practices and Values

Independent Music Labels: Histories, Practices and Values

03-04.12.2020 | Lisbon | NOVA FCSH

Within the field of popular music studies, little attention has been given to the impacts of independent music labels outside the Anglo-Saxon context, particularly in the production, dissemination and consumption of music in semi-peripheral countries such as Portugal. On the other hand, when the scope of the reflection goes beyond the Anglo-Saxon context the study of major record companies has been privileged over small structures of local / national scope which operate independently from these large companies and/or media groups with a transnational reach. Starting from broader discussions about the relationship between the local and the global in music production, this colloquium proposes a discussion on the impact of independent music labels with a particular focus on the Portuguese context and/or in contexts that are similarly located outside the main production centers. We will take as a starting point some recognized (yet open to scrutiny) assumptions about independent labels in the field of music production: the dissemination and making available of local musics and artists in opposition to the hegemony of global (mostly Anglo-Saxon) artists and genres released by multinationals; the valuing of aesthetic and artistic dimensions in music making at the expense of its commercial potential; the forms of organization and work that are innovative and adaptable to the changing contexts in the record sector, particularly in the new millennium. This is an inter and multidisciplinary colloquium accepting proposals in disciplines such as musicology, ethnomusicology, sociology, anthropology and history, among others. We also hope to establish a dialogue between the academy and the record sector with the presence and participation of independent label managers.

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cfp: Transformational POP. 4th IASPM D-A-CH Conference, 22-24 October, Paderborn

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Transformational POP

Transitions, Breaks, and Crises in Popular Music (Studies)

4th Biennial IASPM D-A-CH Conference, 22–24 October 2020

Paderborn University/Germany, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Department of Music – Popular Music and Media

Organizational Committee: IASPM D-A-CH Executive Committee and Advisory Board +  Jun.-Prof. Dr. Beate Flath, Prof. Dr. Christoph Jacke, Manuel Troike (Local hosts)

Pop music cultures, in their entire breadth, are seismographs of social, political, economic, ecological, media, artistic, and technological transformations. In and through them, fields of tensions, disruptions, and lines of conflict become not only visible, audible and perceptible, but also communicable and thus, negotiable. Economic and ecological crises, social structural changes, political shifts, communicative-media discourses, atmospheric moods, and disturbances of the most diverse kind cannot be appreciated in isolation from specific sounds, performances, lyrics, images, stars, genres, etc. Therefore, these are always changing in the process: pop music cultures transform and are themselves transformed. “Pop is transformational, always. It is a dynamic movement in which cultural materials and its social environments mutually reshape each other, crossing previously fixed boundaries: class boundaries, ethnic boundaries or cultural boundaries [own translation].“ (Diedrich Diederichsen, Pop – deskriptiv, normativ, emphatisch (1996). In: Charis Goer, Stefan Greif, Christoph Jacke (Eds.): Texte zur Theorie des Pop, 2013: 188)

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REGISTRATION Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions, 16-18 April 2020 King’s College London

Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions

16-18 April 2020

King’s College London

Registration is now open to NON-SPEAKERS.

Visit https://media-industries.org/ for details of the conference, delegate fees, venue, travel, accommodation and accessibility.

Important: Tickets are limited and will be available until all are sold or until 18.00hrs GMT on Friday 13 March, whichever is soonest.

Delegate Rates

For full registration details, visit https://media-industries.org/registration

Rates are divided between Full (academics, waged) and Reduced (students, unwaged), and  graduated according to the three tiers of the World Bank’s classification of countries by per capita income levels. As a delegate, you pay the rate according to the country you live in and not the country from which you originate. Delegates who are residents of countries in tier B pay 75% of the tier A price, and residents of tier C countries pay 50% of the tier A price.

1st Queer Forum of the LGBTQ+ Music Study Group

https://www.lgbtqmusicstudygroup.com/

Friday 3rd April 2020, University of York

Invitation to Participate

The LGBTQ+ Music Study Group hereby launches a new biennial initiative: “Queer Forum”. This day-long event aims to catalyse new ways of thinking, being and doing music scholarship in and beyond the academy. As José Esteban Muñoz writes, “[w]e may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality” (2009, 1). Inspired by queer and feminist theorists – especially bell hooks and Sara Ahmed – who are dissatisfied with the present, who wrestle with existing institutional structures, and who propose new modes of scholarship and education, we entice you to join us in radical academic experimentation in search for new horizons and potentialities.

The 2020 forum urges participants to recover queer pasts and imagine new queer futures. How do we create opportunity, time and space in the academy beyond the logics of capitalism to allow us to muse about music? What are the possibilities for forging strong/vulnerable subjectivities and caring solidarities within and beyond existing academic hierarchies? What freedoms can we gift ourselves to allow for experimentation in our musical writing, teaching and performing? How do we nurture and share intersectional wisdoms in ways that centre the health, well-being and vitality of ourselves and others?

The day will include no formal presentations; rather, it will be structured around a range of different creative, intellectual and social activities – workshops, reading groups, group work, interventions – that tempt us to try out new conceptualisations and embodiments of queer music scholarship. The day will begin at 9am and end at 5pm. Participants are welcome to join us for a dinner the evening before (Thursday 2nd April, 7pm).

We welcome musicians and scholars within music studies (including ethnomusicology, historical musicology, performance studies, popular music studies, theory and analysis, etc.) and beyond. The event is free to attend and we will offer refreshments during the day. Dinner and accommodation will be at participants’ own expenses. Information about accommodation will be sent out following event registration. Please register your participation on Eventbrite by 1st March 2020https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/1st-queer-forum-of-the-lgbtq-music-study-group-tickets-92339677461

The event is organised by Marie Bennett, Rachel Cowgill, Thomas Hilder and Danielle Sofer. We are grateful to the University of York and the RMA for supporting this event. For any queries, please email: lgbtqmusicsg@gmail.com