Culture and Resistance

Call for papers
Culture(s) and Resistance Today
19-21 June 2014
Nîmes University (France)

The 6th Cultural Geography, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies International Conference in Languedoc-Roussillon, organized by Catherine Bernié-Boissard, Claude Chastagner, Dominique Crozat and Laurent-Sébastien Fournier, will focus on culture(s) and resistance today. What is the nature of the connections between the various forms of culture and the various forms of resistance? Dialogues, oppositions, transformations? The conference will investigate anthropology (nature and culture), history (civilization and culture), geography (territories, identities, landscapes and cultures) as well as the contemporary representations given of these connections by various art forms. Continue reading

Online Conference on Performance in the Studio

Call for contributions via text or video blogs
Online Conference on Performance in the Studio
29 April-5 May 2013
Convened by the (UK) AHRC-funded Research Network on Performance in the Studio (PitS)

The PitS Network was set up to study musical performance in the recording studio from as wide a range of perspectives as possible. The main focus has been a filmed recording session that took place in the studios of the London College of Music, UWL involving Jo Beth Young, a singer / songwriter and Grammy-winning producer Mike Howlett. Along with drummer Chris Taylor, double bass player Jonny Bridgwood and the Bergersen String Quartet arranged by Oscar nominated arranger/composer John Cameron, Jo Beth Young and Mike Howlett were filmed in rehearsal and throughout the session and in a series of interviews. This unprecedented resource will be available to view on the Art of Record Production (ARP) website at the beginning of April 2013. As a further output of the research network we are convening an online conference which will also remain as a legacy resource on the ARP website. Continue reading

International Conference in Honour of Simon Frith‏

Call for papers
Studying Music
An International Conference in Honour of Simon Frith
University of Edinburgh
10-12 April 2014

Music scholarship has widened enormously in scope in the last several decades, especially in response to developments in sociology and cultural studies. Previously accepted concepts such as excellence, authenticity and value have become understood as social constructions rather than inherent or aesthetically autonomous. As a result, long-established canons have been questioned and the boundary between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture has become less secure, with questions of aesthetics becoming intertwined with questions of politics and identity. Continue reading

IASPM Conference 2013 Grant Application Form

IASPM Conference 2013
Grant Application Form
Deadline for submission: 25 March

Applications for grants for this year’s conference in Spain are now open. Please download and complete the application form, and email to:

Please attach a letter of support from your institution stating either you are not getting funded or that you are being partially funded.

The deadline for submission is 25 March.

Successful applicants will be notified by 29 March.

Grants will be awarded at the conference.

The Small Economies of the ‘New’ Music Industry

Severn Pop Network Inaugural Conference
The Small Economies of the ‘New’ Music Industry
University of Bristol
25 March 2013

Registration is now open for the Severn Pop Network one day conference The Small Economies of the ‘New’ Music Industry at the University of Bristol on 25 March.

A draft programme, registration details and other information can be found on the website.

IASPM 2013 Conference Website

IASPM 2013 Conference Website
Registration now open

The new website for the 17th IASPM International Conference in Gijón, Spain, 24-28 June 2013 is now online:

You will find information regarding travel and accommodation, a list of accepted proposals, registration details, and much more.

Registration is now open. The deadline for “early bird” registration is 17 March.

Researching Music Censorship

Call for papers
Researching Music Censorship
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
6-8 June 2013
Deadline: 6 February 2013

Music censorship is a relatively new area of research and as a scholarly field of study it is a disputed issue. This is so because it involves a large range of intertwined components and because in discourses over censorship it is generally difficult to pinpoint the relation between cause and effect. The immanent versatility of the concept – as well as its practical dimensions – calls for a multidisciplinary approach. Further it has proven vitally important to understand the process as a political and social phenomenon resting on various aspects like race, gender, religion and class and the intricate power relations involved in the concept/phenomenon of freedom of expression in relation to music and musicians and to an overarching relation between human rights and musical performance in its broadest sense. Continue reading

Music and Environment

Call for papers
Music and Environment Symposium
University of Technology, Sydney
Friday 26 April 2013

Music relates to different types of environmental transformations: social, economic, political, cultural or technological, while environmental changes can be heard in music and soundscapes. There has been an increase in academic discourse relating to the ecology of sound, or ‘green music’, often in relation to the preservation of an environment’s sonority. Environmental sounds figure in sound sculptures, installations and compositions. In popular music, the notion of place has been of particular interest. Labels such as the “Seattle”, “Liverpool”, “Perth” or “Dunedin” sound have come to function as almost genre-like distinctions relating to place-based music. Continue reading

Functional Sounds: Auditory Culture and Sound Concepts in Everyday Life

Call for papers
Functional Sounds: Auditory Culture and Sound Concepts in Everyday Life‏
Berlin, 4-6 October 2013

Information and call for papers can be found at

The conference is organised by Sound Studies Lab at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the international research network Sound in Media Culture, and European Sound Studies Association (ESSA). Continue reading