2013 IASPM-US Annual Conference

Call for papers
Liminality & Borderlands
2013 IASPM-US Annual Conference
Austin, Texas
28 February–3 March 2013

Crossover stars, vampires and zombies, gender-bending divas and divos, international sensations who truck cultural ideas across borders: popular music and culture are full of performers and characters who move through and effectively occupy zones of “in-betweenness”, carrying signifiers of more than one identity at a time while fully embodying none. In light of the many pop culture projects that inhabit these less-definite stations and/or spread across and blur boundaries, the 2013 IASPM-US Conference in Austin, TX, will explore the ideas of liminality & borderlands in popular music, focusing on those things (artists, genres, textures, developments, etc.) that are “neither” and “both” at the same time. Continue reading

IASPM-Canada 30th Annual Conference

Call for papers
Music And Labour
IASPM-Canada 30th Annual Conference
McMaster University
23-26 May 2013

From the earliest days of academic popular music studies, concepts of labour have been of paramount importance both for their intellectual richness and for their ability to link academic practices with broader patterns of social and political action. More recently, the increasing pace of globalization and digital networking have profoundly altered the nature of musical labour, making it crucial to think about how existing ideas may continue to be of use, how they may need to be changed, and what new concepts might be needed to address similar questions in these new contexts. In addition, the recent global economic downturn gives issues concerning music and labour a new urgency, impacting both production and consumption in myriad ways. Continue reading

New Zealand Musicological Society Conference 2012

New Zealand Musicological Society Conference
Voyages of Discovery
30 November-2 December 2012
The University of Auckland School of Music, New Zealand

Keynote speakers:
James Webster (Cornell University)
Patricia Sheehan Campbell (The University of Washington)

This conference seeks to investigate and promote the breaking of new ground within and between our fields of music study: musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music, jazz, music therapy and music education. ‘Voyages of Discovery’ relates here to intellectual travel; the charting of new territory within music disciplines; and interdisciplinary journeys.

For more information about the New Zealand Musicological Society, go to their webpage.

Thinking With Jazz Symposium

Thinking With Jazz Symposium
Lancaster University / Lancaster Jazz Festival‏
Friday 21 September 10am–5pm
LICA Building
Lancaster University

This is a one-day symposium in which well-known jazz journalists, practitioners, and academics engage with issues of nationalism in jazz, the cultural politics of jazz, and the meaning of improvisation. This free event is informal and open to the public. Speakers include Alyn Shipton (BBC Radio 3 and author of A New History of Jazz), Professor George McKay (author of Circular Breathing: the Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain), Dr. Catherine Tackley (author of The Evolution of Jazz in Britain), Professor Alan Rice (author of Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic), and Professor Tony Whyton (author of Jazz Icons), Adam Fairhall (Imaginary Delta), Kathy Dyson (Emily Remembered), Christophe de Bezenac (Trio VD), Professor Walter van der Leur (author of Something to Live For: A Life Billy Strayhorn), Professor Tim Wall (author of Studying Popular Music Culture).

This event is co-presented by the Lancaster Jazz Festival, Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities, Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts

For further information contact Nick Gebhardt on n.gebhardt@lancaster.ac.uk

IASPM 2012 (UK & Ireland) Conference

Update
IASPM 2012 (UK & Ireland) Conference
5-7 September 2012
University of Salford

An update for those attending or interested in the 2012 conference at MediaCityUK, University of Salford, in September.

1. Programme. A DRAFT programme is now available for your perusal on the conference website. There are over 30 panels, over 100 papers, from UK and Ireland and across the world too. We think it looks pretty exciting, and hope to entice you to sunny Salford in September to be with us.

2. Registration and fees information are available too now. You register and pay online, again via the website. Good news: we have held the conference cost for both full (i.e. salaried academic staff) and students to the same price as Cardiff 2010. And for early birds it’s even better: the 3-day conference fee is only £150 (full) or £110 (student). Must be outstanding value!

3. A full range of discounted accommodation options is also available for online booking via the website. Rooms for all budgets, from £39 to £115 pppn.

Eighth Biennial International Conference in Music Since 1900‏

Call for papers
Eighth Biennial International Conference in Music Since 1900‏
12-15 September 2013
Liverpool Hope University

The call for the Eighth Biennial International Conference in Music Since 1900, which will take place at Liverpool Hope University, 12-15 September 2013, is now open: http://www.hope.ac.uk/events/conferences/musicsince1900conference/

Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

Call for papers
Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
28 and 29 September 2012
University of Salford

This conference seeks to explore ideas of opposition through the full range of disciplines in the arts, media, and social sciences.

In the context of the current crisis of capitalism, there are many examples of the forms ‘opposition’ can take: the Tea Party in the United States, the rise of fascist groups, campaigns run via new technologies and social media, religious fundamentalisms, and general strikes in Greece. Though it carries radical overtones, ‘opposition’ in itself is not tied to any particular dogma, left or right. We invite papers that explore the value and values of opposition as a position to be adopted by individuals or groups. Continue reading

2nd International Congress on Ambiances

2nd International Congress on Ambiances
Ambiances in action
Montréal Canada, 19-22 September 2012

The Congress will be held for four days at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), in Montreal, from 19 to 22 September 2012. It will seek to express advances in learning and new hypotheses proposed by the various disciplines and fields of activity which address the question of ambiances. Registration for the congress is still open. Registration is carried out online and payment by credit card is possible. Continue reading