Hearing Landscape Critically

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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

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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

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

*Versão em português abaixo*
*Versión en español abajo*

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

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: http://metalandmarginalisation.wordpress.com

Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US

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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

Looking Popular: Representations of the Popular in Music Visual Culture

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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

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