Functional Sounds: Auditory Culture and Sound Concepts in Everyday Life

Call for papers
Functional Sounds: Auditory Culture and Sound Concepts in Everyday Life‏
Berlin, 4-6 October 2013

Information and call for papers can be found at

The conference is organised by Sound Studies Lab at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the international research network Sound in Media Culture, and European Sound Studies Association (ESSA). Continue reading

Religion and Blasphemy in Popular Music

Call for papers
French Association for American Studies Conference
23-25 May 2013
Angers, France
General Topic: Religion and Spirituality
Popular Music Panel Topic: Religion and Blasphemy in Popular Music

Though American popular music is more celebrated for its iconoclastic tendencies than its spiritual leanings, it welcomes the profane as much as the religious, the mundane as much as the transcendental, the flesh as much as the spirit. While heavy metal, rock, and gangsta rap have been famously accused by over-eager media of Satanism and immorality, other genres such as gospel, folk, and more recently Christian rock, New Age, or taqwacore have glorified God, and allowed their followers to access new forms of spirituality. The whole family of popular music, which includes the Carter Family, Madonna, Mahalia Jackson, Marilyn Manson, Little Richard, or Bob Dylan, reflects – sometimes magnifies – the relationship we may entertain with the divine. Some celebrate the Gospel, others tell us of their struggles with their inner demons. Even when it explicitly celebrates rebellion and transgression – or playfully and ironically conjures up some satanic majesty – popular music remains connected to the spiritual. Continue reading

Severn Pop Network Inaugural Conference

Call for papers
Severn Pop Network Inaugural Conference
The Small Economies of the ‘New’ Music Industry
University of Bristol
25 March 2013

The music industry is in a well-publicised state of upheaval. The emergence of digital reproductive technologies (such as CD burners and MP3s), of digital distribution and consumption technologies (such as the iPod, iTunes and Spotify), and of new social media (such as Myspace and Facebook) have radically disturbed established systems of production and consumption. The benefits of these changes have fallen unequally and most cultural commentary has focused on the problems caused to the global record industry. However, one of the distinctive features of the music industry is the continuity between localised ‘para-industrial acts’ and mainstream commercial practices. The importance of geographic and genre-based scenes means that small music economies have a greater significance for the structural organisation of the music industry than in other cultural industries: ‘in the music industry… the small is as significant as the big’ (Frith, 2000). Continue reading

Music and Environment Symposium

Call for papers
Music and Environment Symposium
University of Technology, Sydney
Friday 26 April 2013 (tbc)

Music relates to different types of environmental transformations: social, economic, political, cultural or technological, while environmental changes can be heard in music and soundscapes. There has been an increase in academic discourse relating to the ecology of sound, or ‘green music’, often in relation to the preservation of an environment’s sonority. Continue reading

International Club Health Conference

Club Health Conference on Nightlife & Substance Use
San Francisco
28-30 May 2013

The Club Health Conference on Nightlife & Substance Use will be invading San Francisco 28-30 May 2013. This will be the 8th annual gathering and the first time this event will take place in the United States. Come join us to present, discuss, and network on ideas for designing and implementing harm reduction policies at raves, clubs, large-scale festivals, and other entertainment settings around the world. Information on registration and presentation submissions is available at the official website.

Changing the Tune – Music and Politics

Call for papers
Changing the Tune
Popular Music & Politics in the 21st Century from the Fall of Communism to the Arab Spring
Strasbourg University, France
7-8 June 2013

Popular Music scholars have devoted considerable attention to the relationship between music and power. The symbolic practices through which subcultures state and reinforce identities have been widely documented (mainly in the field of Cultural, Gender and Postcolonial Studies), as has the increasingly political and revolutionary dimensions of popular music. Most studies have focused on the genres and movements that developed with and in the aftermath of the 1960s counterculture. Yet little has been written about how the politics of popular music has reflected the social, geopolitical and technological changes of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, after the fall of Communism. Continue reading

Ray Browne Conference‏

Call for papers
Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture
Modes of Mobility: Popular Culture in an Age of Technology
8 – 10 February 2013
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio

To build on the success of the First Annual Ray Browne Conference, and usher in the fortieth year of the Popular Culture Department at Bowling Green State University, the Popular Culture Scholars Association at BGSU would like to invite any and all students (undergraduates and graduate), scholars, critics, former members of the POPC program and friends of the department to join us for the Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture to be held February 8 through February 10 2013, on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Continue reading

Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre 2012 Research Festival

Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre 2012 Research Festival
19-22 November 2012
South Bank, Brisbane, Australia

This is a FREE public event open to all local, national and international academics, students, organisations and individual participants with a keen interest in music research and practice. Download the event flyer and program for more information.

‘This is the Modern World’: For a Social History of Rock Music‏ Deadline Extension

Call for papers
‘This is the Modern World’: For a Social History of Rock Music
International Conference
University Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 (Lille, France)
13-15 June 2013

The deadline for submissions to the conference has been extended to 15 November. Please see the original CFP post for further details.

The Cultural Memory of Sound and Space

Call for papers
The Cultural Memory of Sound and Space
The 17th Finnish Music Researchers’ Symposium
13–15 March 2013‏

The myriad forms of music and modes of musical performance on offer today have prompted debate about the materials and methods of music research. Uses of music in different media, for example, raise questions about the relationship between music and space. In addition, new interpretations have been offered about the boundaries between music and sound. The temporal dimension, too, has garnered the attention of researchers; particularly how time is bound up with musical cultures and experiences of music. Continue reading