Cultures of Popular Music Seminar Programme

Cultures of Popular Music Seminar Programme 2012, Brisbane
A series of fortnightly seminars supported by Griffith University’s Centre for Cultural Research

All sessions are free of charge and will take place between 6.30 – 8.00 pm. Venue will be the S07 2.19 in the Griffith Graduate Centre. Refreshments will be available. And we tend to go for a drink at the Ship Inn after the event, so it’s a good place to meet other people studying music in Brisbane.

A Facebook Group for the series can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/23377797916/

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A Special Relationship? Irish Popular Music in Britain

Call for papers
Northumbria University in conjunction with the Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster
27-28 June 2012

Ireland and Britain share in large measure a common, if disputed, history. Ireland is, of course, a former colony of Britain, and Northern Ireland is still part of the United Kingdom so that one of the conundrums of the Irish experience is that it is both post-colonial and neo-colonial; national and regional; periphery and centre. Irish popular music, therefore, displays a complex set of sometimes contradictory characteristics, and Irish artists and musicians work within and against such an intricate web of social, economic, political and cultural influences that their art and music raises dizzying questions about national identity. Continue reading

IASPM-ANZ 2012 Conference‏

Call for papers
Shifting Sounds: Musical Flow
IASPM-ANZ 2012 Conference‏
University of Tasmania, Hobart
5-7 December 2012

We are delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2012 annual conference of IASPM-ANZ. This year, the conference will be organized by Dr Michelle Phillipov, and held at the University of Tasmania. We are pleased to stage our annual event in Hobart in keeping with the rotating conference schedule of Australia and New Zealand locations. Continue reading

Live Music Exchange, Leeds: Interesting Times for Local Live Music‏

Call for papers
4-5 May 2012
Venue Bar Meeting Room, Leeds College of Music, Leeds

A conference to mark the start of a new AHRC-funded initiative: the Live Music Exchange, a knowledge transfer project emerging from three years of wide-ranging research into the social, cultural, historical and economic dimensions of live music. For more information about the Live Music Exchange, please see http://www.livemusicexchange.org

This conference is designed to forge links between industry and the academy by examining the issues facing those working at the front-line of local live music, and exploring the ways in which academic research can encourage and assist a vibrant and sustainable live music ecology. Continue reading

IASPM 17th Biennial Conference‏

Call for papers
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

Call for papers
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

Call for papers
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