A Long Way to the Top: The Production and Reception of Music in a Globalized World

Call for papers
A Long Way to the Top: The Production and Reception of Music in a Globalized World
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The Netherlands
6-7 November 2014

Once upon a time, a famous rock ‘n’ roll group sang about what it means to play in a music band. In their lyrics they touch upon the role of the music industry (‘getting sold’), the difficulties of a musical career (‘under-paid’ and ‘getting grey’) and music consumption (‘if you wanna be a star’), while celebrating music for music’s sake. As such, this song addresses many issues in the production and reception of popular music in the contemporary globalized world. Yet, recent developments in the field of music have changed the ‘way to the top’, such as governmental policy on music, the rise of new media, and the growing number of music festivals. Focusing on a select number of interrelated themes, this conference aims to bring together scholars from various countries each with their own perspective to engage in an international exchange of ideas and current research insights about music production and reception. Continue reading

Metal and Cultural Impact

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Metal and Cultural Impact: Metal’s Role in the 21st Century
6-8 November 2014
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio, USA

Metal Studies is a growing interdisciplinary field, connected, though not limited, to fields as diverse as Popular Culture, Leisure Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, History, English Studies, Music, Cultural and Critical Studies, Gender Studies, Critical Theory, and Business and Economics. Continue reading

South African Society for Research in Music

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South African Society for Research in Music
Eighteenth Annual Congress
12-14 September 2014
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

SASRIM cordially invites you to its 2014 annual congress to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The keynote speaker will be well-known music education specialist Lucy Green from the Institute of Education at the University of London. Continue reading

Hearing Landscape Critically

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Hearing Landscape Critically: Music, Place, and the Spaces of Sound
Harvard University
14-16 January 2015

Everything that is resounds … The landscape resounds; facades, caricatures, halos, shadows dance across it. (Alphonso Lingis)

Landscapes are spaces of community and segregation, of inspiration, mystification, nourishment, and devastation. Though landscape has long been acknowledged as a foundational element of our historical and contemporary engagement with the world, the significance of sound and music in shaping notions and perceptions of landscape has only recently begun to receive sustained critical attention. Continue reading

IASPM Australia-New Zealand Branch 2014 Conference

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Into the Mix: People, Places, Processes
IASPM Australia-New Zealand Branch 2014 Conference
5-7 December 2014
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

The theme of this year’s conference is “Into the Mix”. The “mix” is both literal (referring to various stages in the production of popular music, as well as important creative processes such as sampling, remixing and DJing) and an analogy for all types of musical hybridities and encounters, the fluid nature of musical meanings and musical experiences, and the fluidity or movement of ideas, sounds and peoples. The notion of the “mix” is defined broadly; it might involve popular music production processes, a creative setting, or another space where people, places and processes are foregrounded as part of an interpretive cultural analysis. Contributions might be case-study analyses underpinned by historical, ethnographic or critical enquiry, or focused entirely on theoretical orientations addressing music production, as well as hybridity and related topics. Continue reading

18th Biennial IASPM Conference

**DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 14 JUNE**
Call for papers
Back to the Future: Popular Music and Time
18th Biennial IASPM Conference
29 June – 3 July 2015
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
São Paulo, Brazil

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Whether in relation to rhythms, eras, live performances, lyrics, identities, politics, scenes, production, or changing technologies, the topic of time can be linked to popular music in a variety of ways. The compartmentalising of sounds into genres, the ageing of audiences, and the shifting sands of the music industry all invoke notions of the temporal. For the 18th Biennial IASPM Conference, we invite researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for presentations that engage with the theme of time. We encourage proposals dealing with one of the following strands: Continue reading

Metal and Marginalisation: Registration Open

Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal‏
Centre for Women’s Studies and the International Society of Metal Music Scholars
University of York, UK
11 April 2014

Registration for Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal Symposium is now open. More information about the day, including how to register, can be found here: http://metalandmarginalisation.wordpress.com

Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US

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Symposium: Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US
African Studies Association UK’s Biennial Conference
University of Sussex
9-11 September 2014

Hip-hop’s appeal beyond the US has been well documented by recent scholarship and documentaries. Despite the global uptake of hip-hop by a range of musicians, dancers and visual artists, mainstream media tend to focus upon commercial hip-hop from the US almost exclusively. Continue reading

Looking Popular: Representations of the Popular in Music Visual Culture

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Looking Popular: Representations of the Popular in Music Visual Culture
Intercongressional Symposium
The Royal Library and Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen
20-23 August 2014

The Conference will present recent research on topics related to the manner in which “the popular” in its manifold expressions might be represented in visual culture related to music, theatre and dance. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

– visual culture and media theory related to music, theatre and dance.
– organology of the instruments in use or of influence in popular music.
– popular music, theatre and dance culture as visually presented.
– topics relating to the popularisation of so-called art music as represented in visual culture.
– rock, jazz and pop music and related art forms in visual culture. Continue reading