Billy Joel Conference

“It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me”: The Music and Lyrics of Billy Joel — A Public Musicology Conference
7-8 October 2016
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” is a scholarly symposium on the music and lyrics of Billy Joel, the consummate singer-songwriter whose compositions translate larger cultural concerns into accessible and compelling musical narratives. In the spirit of Joel’s music, this public musicology conference aims to share academically oriented insights on this popular figure and his output in an accessible and approachable manner. The proceedings will include papers, roundtables, an exhibition, a film screening, a concert, and a live phone interview with Billy Joel. Continue reading

19th Biennial IASPM Conference

Call for papers
Popular Music Studies Today
19th Biennial IASPM Conference
26 June – 30 June 2017
University of Kassel
Germany

Popular Music Studies are today a key field of enquiry. Exploring the parameters of research on popular music in contemporary times lies at the centre of the 19th Biennial IASPM Conference. The Executive Committee therefore invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for presentations which engage with a variety of methodologies and perspectives on popular music studies, whether from an academic, professional, practice-based or educational angle. We encourage proposals dealing with one of the following streams: Continue reading

18th Biennial IASPM Conference Update

Back to the Future: Popular Music and Time
18th Biennial IASPM Conference
29 June – 3 July 2015
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
São Paulo, Brazil

The conference website is now live and can be accessed here: http://18iaspm.wordpress.com/

The registration page can be accessed here: http://18iaspm.wordpress.com/registration/ (please scroll down for PayPal payment option if you are outside Brazil)

Deadline for “early bird” registration: 1 February 2015

Hip Hop Studies: Global and Local

Call for papers
Hip Hop Studies: Global and Local
University of Helsinki, Finland
13 September 2014

The Finnish Youth Research Society and the University of Helsinki’s discipline of Social and Cultural Anthropology are pleased to announce an international and interdisciplinary symposium showcasing contemporary studies of hip hop from established and emerging scholars from Finland and around the world. Continue reading

Jazzomat Research Project

Jazzomat Research Project
Issues, Applications and Perspectives for Computational Methods in Music Research
26-27 September 2014
Hochschulzentrum am Horn
The Liszt School of Music Weimar

The workshop is part of the three-year research project Melodic and Rhythmic Features of Jazz Improvisation: Computer-based Analysis of Monophonic Jazz Solos, funded by German Research Foundation.

Workshop program and abstracts.

Music and Capitalism in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective

Call for papers
Music and Capitalism in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
8 October 2014
Senate House, University of London
Convener: Dr Anna Morcom, Royal Holloway, University of London

The topic of music and its relationship to capitalism has received most attention in the context of popular music. This ranges from Adorno’s influential work on commodity fetishism in popular music (1978 [1938]), to recent work on advertising and corporations (Taylor 2012; Bradshaw 2008; Carah 2010), to more nuanced considerations of music’s commodity status (Taylor 2007). Continue reading

International Conference on the Blues

Call for papers
International Conference on the Blues
6-7 October 2014
Delta State University
Cleveland, Mississippi
Proposal Deadline: 1 June 2014

Delta State University is now accepting proposals for workshops, papers, presentations, and clinics for The International Conference on the Blues, which will be held 6-7 October 2014. Topics of general interest to scholars and enthusiasts are welcome: African American musical tradition and its influence on American music and culture; the Blues; folklore; history; ethnicity; and the Delta. Topics of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged. Continue reading

Carnivalising Pop: Music Festival Cultures Symposium

Carnivalising Pop: Music Festival Cultures
One-Day International Symposium
University of Salford
13 June 2014

… Newport. Beaulieu. Monterey. Notting Hill. Woodstock. Glastonbury. Nimbim. Roskilde. Reading. Stonehenge. Castlemorton. Love Parade. Burning Man… Popular music festivals are one of the strikingly successful and enduring features of seasonal popular cultural consumption for young people and older generations of enthusiasts. Notwithstanding the annual declaration of the ‘death of festival’, a dramatic rise in the number of music festivals in the UK and around the world has been evident as festivals become a pivotal economic driver in the popular music industry. In 2010, there were over 700 music festivals in Britain alone, and it is estimated that three million people attend music festivals a year. Today’s festivals range from the massive to community and ‘boutique’ events. Continue reading