The Future of Arts Research Conference‏

A one-day postgraduate conference to be held at the British Library, Friday 18th November 2011, 9.30-5.00 sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, in partnership with the British Library.

Keynote speakers: Professor Martin McQuillan, Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis, Kingston University; David Cross, freelance artist and Reader in Art and Design at the University of the Arts London

The Future of Arts Research is an interdisciplinary conference in which all papers apart from the initial keynotes will be given by research students from across the UK. Papers will seek to define what current research students see as the true value of their academic activity within the cultural and creative sphere referred to as ‘the arts’. This is an interdisciplinary event and papers will range across the fields of Classics, Drama, English, Languages, Media and Film Studies, Music, Visual Arts, and related disciplines. Continue reading

Realism In Recorded Music And Sound For The Moving Image

Paul Théberge & Simon Zagorski-Thomas
Public Lecture & Discussion
Friday 25th March, 4.00p.m. in TC102 at Thames Valley University
St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, London W5 5RF

Paul Théberge and Simon Zagorski-Thomas will discuss the question of realism in recorded music and sound for the moving image. Dr. Paul Théberge of Carleton University, Ottawa is the Canada Research Chair in Technological Mediations of Culture and author of “Any Sound You Can Imagine”. Dr. Simon Zagorski-Thomas of the London College of Music, TVU is Chairman of the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production. Continue reading

Situating Popular Musics

IASPM 2011 16th Biennial International Conference
Grahamstown South Africa
27 June/1 July 2011

For its 16th biennial conference, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) invites papers which explore the many ways of situating popular music in the light of IASPM celebrating its 30th year.

The opening plenary will be given by Philip Tagg, IASPM founder.

Saxophonist at the Grahamstown Festival

The week of the conference leads up to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival which is the biggest art festival in Africa and the southern hemisphere. This will be a stimulating context for members of IASPM to explore arguments about different popular music practices, spaces and places.

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Jazz and the Media

Date: 15th October 2010
Time: 10:30am to 3:30pm
Location: School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX

The Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, in partnership with Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham Jazz, is proud to present Jazz and the Media, a seminar featuring presentations from three internationally recognized authorities on jazz.

Jazz and the Media

Mike Connolly is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 10 years experience in factual and arts television production. Most recently he created the successful ‘Britannia’ brand for BBC4 including Jazz Britannia and Folk Britannia. Connolly started his career in television working on the arts magazine programme The Late Show as a Researcher and Assistant Producer. Continue reading

Red Strains: Music and Communism outside the Communist Bloc after 1945

British Academy, London, 13-15 January 2011
Keynote speakers: Prof Gianmario Borio (Pavia); Prof Georgina Born (Cambridge); Prof Anne Shreffler (Harvard)
Panel session: Konrad Boehmer; Henry Flynt; Giacomo Manzoni

AACI demonstration

Themed paper sessions include:

  • Communist Parties
  • Popular music
  • Folk song
  • The Black Panther Party
  • US-Soviet friendship
  • Soviet realism overseas
  • Communist nationalisms
  • Communism’s cultural legacy

Full programme:
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SEM 2010 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 55th Annual Meeting on November 11-14, 2010, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Titled ‘Sound Ecologies’, this year’s meeting features more than 400 presentations, as well as a variety of concerts and other special events. The meeting is hosted by UCLA, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of its Ethnomusicology program. UCLA will present a pre-conference symposium, ‘Music Research and Performance in South Asia: The Life and Work of Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy’, on November 10 at the Wilshire Grand.

LA skyline

Visit for more information about the meeting, hotel accommodations, and online registration.

Mi pueblo me hace cantar – 16-17 April 2010, Norwich

Mi pueblo me hace cantar is a three-day multidisciplinary conference that brings together leading researchers in the field of Latin American music and politics to examine the impact and legacy of the new song movement, throughout Latin America, from a twenty-first century perspective.

The conference takes place Friday 16 – Saturday 17 April 2010 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. It is being organised by Hazel Marsh, School of Language and Communication Studies.

Conference Website
Contact: Hazel Marsh