Real Country?

Call for papers
Real Country? Geographic, Cultural and Stylistic Challenges to the Country Music Genre
International Symposium
13-14 November 2013
Strasbourg, France

In 2006, an article in the Observer Music Monthly stated, “Country is often seen as the whitest, most segregated of all styles: the redneck soundtrack of the racist South”. First marketed as “old time,” then as “hillbilly music” by northeastern music executives in the 1920s and 1930s country music has been branded with the same stereotypes as its region of origin. Perceived as conventional, vulgar and conservative, it has been charged with wallowing in easy patriotism and mawkish sentimentality, based on a homesickness for a lost agrarian past which at times slips into an unquestioning fondness for pre-Civil War Dixie. Continue reading

Pop-Life: The Value of Popular Music in the Twenty First Century

Call for papers
Pop-Life: The Value of Popular Music in the Twenty First Century
University of Northampton
6-7 June 2014

It has increasingly become a truism to suggest that contemporary popular music practice is in a state of flux. Established patterns of consumption, distribution and production have at the very least been revolutionised by the opportunities afforded by digitalisation and the internet. While subcultural identities may have become increasingly adopted by mainstream media, the proliferation of media outlets has contributed to an increasingly varied and cosmopolitan listening experience both in terms of stylistic breadth but also in terms of historical depth. While some commentators have sounded the death-knell of the music industry, others see an opening-up of opportunity for musicians and audiences around the world that may be far more liberating than at any time since the dawn of recorded music. Continue reading

“Straight from the Heart”: A Conference on Love and Rock Music

Call for papers
“Straight from the Heart”: A Conference on Love and Rock Music
Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3 (France)
16-17 April 2014
A joint production between University of Chester (United Kingdom) and Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3 (France)

Music historians have often associated archetypal rock music with rebellion and social unrest – political protest, generational conflict, individualism, narcissism and sexual liberation. Likewise, the press, public authorities, medical and religious institutions have routinely considered rock music as a more or less overt, dangerous form of opposition to established order, crystallizing teenage revolt. Rock has been construed as a language of resistance and grammar of protest, embodying the spirit as well as the letter of subversion. Rock songs, however, have often taken love as a central theme – love between men and women, brothers and sisters, parents and children, or friends; sometimes for a dog, a car, a bike, or even a pair of shoes; sometimes universal, spiritual love. Continue reading

IASPM UK and Ireland Postgraduate Conference 2013

Call for papers
IASPM UK and Ireland Postgraduate Conference 2013
The Cultural Value of Popular Music‏
5-6 September, University of Glasgow

The 2013 IASPM UK and Ireland postgraduate conference, to be held at the University of Glasgow, invites papers exploring the cultural value of popular music. In light of the AHRC’s recently launched two-year Cultural Value Project (, the conference will focus on both the experience of popular music and the economic and social benefits such an experience provides. Continue reading

Mediating Cityscapes

Call for papers
Mediating Cityscapes
Den Haag/The Hague
25-27 September 2013

If urban space has historically been defined by the relation between static structures and mobile subjects, this dichotomy is fast giving way to hybrid spatialities characterized by dynamic flows which not only dissolve the fixity of traditional modes of spatial enclosure, but problematize the unified presence of the subject traversing their contours. Scott McQuire, The Media City (2008) Continue reading

IASPM-ANZ 2013 Conference

Call for papers
IASPM-ANZ 2013 Conference
Popular Music Communities, Places and Ecologies
Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
24-26 November 2013

We are pleased to announce this call for papers for the 2013 IAPSM-ANZ conference, which will be held at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, in conjunction with the International Music Council’s 5th World Forum for Music (21-24 November). The theme of the IMC World Forum is Sustaining Music, Engaging Communities with a strong emphasis on the interplay between music, musicians and their various environments of activity (natural, built, social and cultural, etc.). Drawing on this, the theme of the 2013 IASPM-ANZ conference, Popular Music Communities, Places and Ecologies seeks to foster scholarly engagement with the various ways in which music, people and place are connected. While notions of ‘community’ and ‘place’ are well-established constructs in popular music studies, we introduce here the notion of ‘ecology’ as a further consideration in the relationship between popular music and place. This term may be understood literally, in reference to the natural or physical environment, or figuratively, as a metaphor for the numerous other possible environments of popular music production and consumption. Continue reading

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

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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.