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

World War 1: Media, Entertainments & Popular Culture

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World War 1: Media, Entertainments & Popular Culture
2-3 July 2015
People’s History Museum, Manchester, UK

Organised by University of Chester, University of Salford, UCLAN, Manchester Metropolitan University, People’s History Museum.

This conference aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine and discuss both contemporary and subsequent accounts, interpretations and uses of the First World War in terms of mass and popular media and entertainments. We are inviting proposals for papers on any aspect of the Media, Entertainments and Popular Culture during and after the First World War. Continue reading

4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014

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4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014
College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
8-9 August 2014

Organized by:
Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group)

College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai, Thailand

We are pleased to announce the 4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, which will take place on 8-9 August 2014 in Chiang Mai, in collaboration with College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Following the first conference in Osaka in 2008, the second conference in Hong Kong in 2010, and the third conference in Taipei in 2012, we move our next meeting to Thailand—hub of vibrant South-East Asian popular music and music industry. Continue reading

Rhythm Changes: Jazz Beyond Borders

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Rhythm Changes: Jazz Beyond Borders
4-7 September 2014
Conservatory of Amsterdam

Jazz Beyond Borders (and: Beyond the Borders of Jazz) seeks to critically explore how borders – real and imagined – have shaped, and continue to shape, debates about jazz. Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities sought to question traditional ways of understanding and articulating jazz history, and the concept of moving beyond borders – whether geographical or aesthetic – has played a key role in the project’s research strategy. Borders can be multifaceted and fluid, from geographical boundaries, to disciplinary fields, there can be theoretical or institutional borders, which permeate discourses relating to the cultural, social, political, national and ethnic as well as artistic, performative, canonical, aesthetic, stylistic and genre-related understandings of jazz. Because of the music’s inherent hybridity, jazz provides an excellent lens through which such borders, and border-policing processes, can be questioned and analysed. The music is ideally placed to think about the dividing lines between, for instance, academia and journalism, popular and art music, ‘new jazz studies’ and ‘traditional musicology’, the sonic and the visual, and so forth. Continue reading

Anthropology of Music and Related Practices

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Anthropology of Music, Popular Music Scenes, Performance Practices and Challenges of the Present
IUAES Intercongress
15-18 May 2014
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

This is an invitation to attend the panel on anthropology of music at the forthcoming IUAES Intercongress in Japan 15-18 May 2014. A very broad title of the panel is aimed to bring together anthropologists who would find interest in establishing the commission for anthropology of music and related performative practices in the frame of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Continue reading

The Languages of Popular Music

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The Languages of Popular Music: Communicating Regional Musics in a Globalized World
29 September-2 October 2014
University of Osnabrueck, Germany

Arbeitskreis Studium Populärer Musik e.V. (ASPM) and the University of Osnabrueck are inviting scholars of all disciplines studying popular music to submit proposals for the international conference “The Languages of Popular Music: Communicating Regional Musics in a Globalized World”. The conference will take place at the Institute for Musicology and Music Education, University of Osnabrueck, Germany, from 29 September to 2 October 2014. Continue reading

9th ARP Conference

9th Art of Record Production Conference
Hosted by Stan Hawkins, Hans T. Zeiner-Henriksen and Anne Danielsen
University of Oslo
4-6 December 2014

A call for papers will be circulated early January 2014.

Confirmed industry keynote speaker is Stargate:

Stargate, composed of Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, has worked with some of the most influential names in music over the past decade, including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Jay Z and many more. Their melodies and hooks are unmistakable and have produced some of the biggest songs of today, including 10 Billboard #1 hits, among them “Diamonds”, “Rude Boy”, “Only Girl (In The World)”, “Black&Yellow”, “What’s My Name” and “Firework”. The team has received two Grammy awards, ASCAP Songwriters of the Year, an Ivor Novello Award and Rolling Stone Hitmakers of the Year. They have lectured at University of Southern California, Museum of Modern Art in New York City and NYU.

A special session with sound engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug is also confirmed:

Kongshaug is one of the world’s most renowned studio engineers and the owner of Rainbow Studio in Oslo. He has recorded more than 700 albums for the label ECM in cooperation with producer Manfred Eicher and has worked with, among others, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Jan Garbarek, Ornette Coleman and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Sound Studies: Mapping the Field

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Sound Studies: Mapping the Field
2nd European Sound Studies Association (ESSA) Conference
27-29 June 2014

In 2005, radio scholar Michele Hilmes raised the question whether there was a field called Sound Culture Studies? Her answer was a cautious “yes, there is a field”. We agree, even though it has become increasingly difficult, even for an avid reader, to have a genuine feeling of a single field of sound studies. We see developments that call for institutional change within the academy. And outside academia we witness a growing interest for sound artworks, sound archives, sound designs, audio books, etc. All these examples testify to a vivid, exiting, and rapidly changing field or fields of sound studies. Continue reading

Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures

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Holy Crap!
Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures
28–29 August 2014
Helsinki, Finland

Holy Crap! is an international conference organised by the Finnish Youth Research Society and Network, focusing on the interrelations between popular culture, youth and the sacred. The conference aims at interrogating understandings of popular and youth cultures in relation to the contested phenomena of (post)secularisation, re-enchantment and the emergence of alternative spiritualities. Continue reading