User-Generated Culture‏

Call for papers
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

Call for papers
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

Call for papers
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

Society for Ethnomusicology 2012 Annual Meeting

Call for papers
November 1-4 2012
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold a Joint Annual Meeting with the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory in New Orleans on November 1-4, 2012. The meeting will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

For the SEM Call for Proposals, abstract submission instructions, and preliminary meeting information, please visit the SEM website and select “Conferences.” The deadline for submission of all abstracts is January 17, 2012.

In conjunction with the Annual Meeting, Tulane University will present a Pre-Conference Symposium titled “Crisis and Creativity” on October 31, 2012.

Sociology of Music Panel-Canadian Sociological Association Conference

Call for papers
May  29–June 2 2012
Wilfrid  Laurier University / University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario,  Canada)

The 47th Annual CSA Conference will be held from Tuesday May 29 through to Saturday June 2 2012. As usual, the CSA meetings will be held as part of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, this year taking place at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario. Continue reading

Inaugural Celebrity Studies Conference‏

Call for papers
December 12-14th 2012
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Deadline for abstracts and panels: March 5th 2012 (individual papers: 500words, +50 word bio; and for 3x person panels: panel title, lead/contact person; 3x 500 word abstracts, plus 3x individual 50 word biographies)

Successful abstracts notified by: 6th April

Enquiries/abstracts to:

Conference Website:

Sponsored by the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, Deakin University Continue reading