IASPM 17th Biennial Conference‏

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Challenging Orthodoxies
IASPM 17th Biennial Conference
24-28 June 2013
Universidad de Oviedo
Place: Gijón, Spain

The popular music studies field in all its inter-disciplinarity has been characterised by encounter, dialogue and exchange, and also by tension. Our title ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ takes the triple metaphor of bridge, inferring meetings and communication; trouble, indicating stresses and power struggles; and water, indicating flow and travel, as fertile themes for debate at the 17th Biennial IASPM Conference. We propose five streams (TRACKS) dealing with popular music and history, marginality, copyright, collectivities, and space. Extending across all streams is the topic of technology. Continue reading

4th Music and Media Meeting

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Music and Media
28-29 June 2012
Università di Torino, Turin

The IMS study group ‘Music and Media’ (MaM) will hold its fourth international meeting in Turin at the Università di Torino, as pre-conference to the IMS Rome 2012 conference. One of the themes will be ‘Unheard Melodies: 25 years’. This session will thematize a retrospective on Claudia Gorbman’s groundbreaking book on the role of narrative film music. Continue reading

Music, Methods and the Social

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Music, Methods and the Social: A Research Workshop
May 17-18 2012
Curve Theatre, Leicester, UK

Trying to understand music as a social form raises the issue of methods. This is partly because of the ubiquity and polyvalence of music, which penetrates all areas of the social world in multiple ways, making investigation difficult. A further problem is that many conventional ways of representing musical sounds and practices pose challenges to scholars outside musicological disciplines. Yet is clear that to understand why music matters to people so profoundly we need a grasp both of the social, and the ways that music works as organised sound. How do we achieve this? Continue reading

User-Generated Culture‏

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You, Me, User – Conference on User-Generated Culture
May 25 – May 26 2012 in Helsinki

From social media to video games and from online fan production to machinima, the phenomenon of user-generated culture has secured its position in the mainstream during the last few years. This shift has resulted from the blurring boundaries between media production and consumption as well as between professional and amateur authorship. The phenomenon is claimed to be characterized by collaboration, accessibility and democratic potential. During the You, Me, User Conference we approach the user-generated culture, or in other words, multiple situations where culture becomes modified, produced and distributed through everyday practices, social and new media. Continue reading

Popular Music and Automobile Culture

Call for papers
Friday 22 June 2012
One-Day Symposium
Binks Building, University of Chester, England

Event organisers: Dr Chris Hart, Dr Mark Duffett and Dr Beate Peter

From Cadillacs to tour buses, motor vehicles and popular music have developed in parallel as symbiotic commodities. Their intimate and intertwined relationship evokes issues and feelings that characterize life in modern society. The conference aims to outline and discuss this relationship between these two culturally charged commodities. Continue reading

From Adele to Zeca Afonso: The Singer-Songwriter in Europe

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13-14 September 2012
University of Leeds

The label singer-songwriter has been applied to a wide range of artists, including Joan Manuel Serrat, Paolo Conte, Véronique Sanson and John Lennon. The use of this and related terms (auteur-compositeur-interprète, cantautore and cantautor to name but three) and interpretations of the singer-songwriter’s work differ significantly according to the cultures in which such music is produced and received. Continue reading

Transformations in Broadcasting, Leeds, July 2012

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An international conference on Transformations in/of Broadcasting
July 12-13 2012
Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds

In association with The ECREA Media Industries and Cultural Production Temporary Working Group; The Media Industries Research Centre, University of Leeds; Centre for Digital Citizenship, University of Leeds.

Confirmed speakers include Stephen Coleman, John Corner, Des Freedman, Sylvia Harvey, David Hesmondhalgh, Lynn Spigel, Graeme Turner. Continue reading