Balancing The Mix: A Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice

Call for Papers:

Balancing The Mix: A Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice
University of Memphis, 30 March 2019

The history of post-war popular music has been closely associated with concerns for social justice. It is not only that particular ideals (equality, community, rights, an end to oppression and discrimination) have animated the public sphere; it is also that those ideals have – whether we look at blues, gospel, world music, punk or hip-hop, for instance – been central in many music genres. This is no surprize, insofar as post-war popular music has developed in parallel with the rise of humanism, the postcolonial era, civil rights, the culture wars, and the rise of identity politics. In that sense, and more, music has been political, and further politicized: employed as an opportunity to establish empathy, express solidarity, and mobilize agents of change. Issues of social justice have in turn influenced public decisions about, for example, music funding, heritage and archiving. For this conference, we invite papers (or panels) based on topics related to popular music and social justice in the widest sense.

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IASPM-US 2019 call for papers

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States chapter invites proposals for its 2019 conference. The meeting, which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 7-10, 2019, will feature the theme “Musical Cities: Music, Historiography, and Myth.” We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels (up to four individuals) on any aspect of popular music, especially proposals on the musical cultures of New Orleans; music in and of the global and local South; and music and race and resistance.

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CFP: Music and Social Movements symposium

CFP: Music and Social Movements symposium, Northumbria University, November 30, 2018

This symposium, funded by the US Embassy and Northumbria University, will bring together academic historians, graduate students, and secondary school teachers to examine the role that music played in oppositional social movements that were active in the post-World War II period in the United States. This includes (but is not limited to) religious movements, the gay rights movement, labor organizations, and the African-American and Latino activist communities.

The event aims to share scholarship and pedagogy with the wider teaching and learning community and hopes to foster lasting connections between its participants. In particular, the symposium hopes to promote the work of graduate students and early career academics. It will facilitate this through bursaries to cover travel and accommodation. The day will include a series of academic papers and a ‘Teaching History with Music’ roundtable. Please send 250-word abstracts to Joe Street ( before September 28, 2018 and please indicate whether you seek a travel bursary. Please note that postgraduate students will be prioritized for receipt of these funds. Registration for the symposium is free – and will include lunch and refreshments – but numbers are limited so please move quickly to reserve your place at

cfp extended: IASPM ANZ 2018 Annual Conference Hamilton NZ, Dec 3-5

CFP: IASPM ANZ 2018 Annual Conference Hamilton NZ, Dec 3-5

EXTENDED DEADLINE – The deadline to submit abstracts to the IASMP-ANZ conference, “Playing Along: Music, Participation and Everyday Life,” to take place 3-5 December, 2018 at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), Hamilton, NZ, has been extended. The new deadline is 1st July 2018. Please send submissions to

“Playing Along”: Music, Participation, and Everyday Life

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)

Hamilton, Aotearoa/New Zealand

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cfp: The Present and Future of Electronic Music

Call for Papers

The Present and Future of Electronic Music

University of Central Lancashire, 14 November 2018

Electronic music was once seen as the future of music. Is this still the case? Is the very term ‘electronic music’ useful in industrial and academic context? And if so, what differentiates today’s electronic music from non-electronic music and are these differences between these two types of musics likely to remain in future?

The Present and Future of Electronic Music seeks to answer some of these questions or at least help to clarify their meanings. We hope to bring together insights and ideas from a range of disciplines in music studies, including musicology, composition, performance, cultural theory, computing and philosophy, as well as industry, to examine the evolving field of electronic music.

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cfp: Topographies of Sound

Call for Papers: Topographies of Sound
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, November 12-13, 2018
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio & Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

This two-day symposium in Muscle Shoals, Alabama welcomes papers on the significance of landscape and geographical location for a range of American musical forms and their sonic architecture. In The United States alone, instances of this interrelation are legion, signaled for instance in genre monikers such as “Memphis Soul,” “Appalachian Folk,” “The Bakersfield Sound,” “The Paisley Underground,” and “Southern Rock.” Many are also the place names that immediately suggest the flavor of a particular sound: Laurel Canyon, Seattle, Woodstock, Harvard Square, and Music Row, to name just a few. On a more general level, entire regions have been invoked to describe the sonic texture of genres such as “desert rock” or “delta blues.”

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cfp: XX Biennial IASPM Conference (Canberra, Australia, 24-28 June, 2019)

Turns and Revolutions in Popular Music Studies

XX Biennial IASPM Conference
School of Music, The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia, 24–28 June 2019

Call for Presentations

Following the request of the Local Organizing Committee the deadline for abstract submissions to the XX IASPM Biennial conference, to be held in Canberra, Australia, 24–28 June 2019, has been extended for a fortnight, that is until 15th August. You can find the CfP including the new deadline below. Please notice that letters of acceptance will be sent by 15th October 2018 instead of 30th September.

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IASA Conference 2018 (Accra, Ghana)

A growing proportion of our cultural heritage is in the form of sound and moving image recordings. If you are concerned with the use, collection, or preservation of sound and audiovisual collections, please consider submitting a proposal and joining us in Accra, Ghana.

Call for Presentations:

49th Annual Conference of IASA, from 1-4 October 2018, at the Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

Conference theme:

Access and Accessibility – Archival Policies and Barriers in the Age of Global Information Exchange

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