Race and the Cultural Industries

A one-day conference organised by the Media Industries Research Centre (MIRC), University of Leeds, in conjunction with the MeCCSA Race Network and the ECREA Media Industries and Cultural Production Temporary Working Group

Wednesday 14th Sept 2011
Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds
Call for Papers

This conference will explore issues of race, the cultural industries and cultural production. Following Greg Dyke’s famous comment that the BBC is ‘hideously white’ there has been an increasing recognition of how non-whites are marginalised in the media – both in terms of participation and portrayal. Indeed, in recent years there have been numerous initiatives launched across the cultural sector that have made efforts to increase and encourage participation from minority communities. Yet tensions remain regarding social and cultural barriers to entry as well as critical issues to do with the representation of non-white groups. Continue reading

Music and counter-culture(s): Rock’n’Roll, the Sixties, the US and beyond

Call for papers
Volume ! The French journal of popular music studies
Submission deadline: October 15th, 2011

Volume! La Revue des musiques populaires (www.seteun.net), the one and only French peer-reviewed journal exclusively dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of popular music, seeks contributions for a special issue on music and counterculture. Any scholarly essay on popular music and counterculture, focusing on link to the “central” period of the sixties and seventies, is welcome. Continue reading

International Postgraduate Summer School

“Methods of Popular Music Analysis”
Call for applications
Osnabrueck (Germany), 12th-16th September 2011

The ASPM (Arbeitskreis Studium Populaerer Musik) and the University of Osnabrueck are inviting applications for participation in the first international summer school “Methods of Popular Music Analysis”. The summer school will take place at the Institute of Musicology and Music Pedagogy in Osnabrueck, Germany, from Monday 12th to Friday 16th September 2011. The summer school is addressed to post graduates and Ph.D. students who are currently working on a research project that involves analytical approaches towards popular music. Continue reading

Popular Music and Society – Special Issue: Fandom

Call for papers
Guest editor, Mark Duffett

Popular Music and Society invites article proposals for a new special issue. Fandom is both a personal expression of emotional conviction and a complex, changing, multi-faceted social phenomenon that now encompasses both online and offline activity.

Popular Music and Society

The study of fandom is a scholarly niche that exists at the intersection of a wide range of interests and connections. It can be contextualized by wider media research (theory by scholars such as Henry Jenkins and Matt Hills; reception analysis; celebrity studies; ethnography; subcultural theory) and by direct research into popular music culture (ethnomusicology; research on listening; live music audiences; studies of music in everyday life). Continue reading

Routes/Roots/Routines – IASPM-ANZ Annual Conference

2011 Conference
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 November 2011

Call For Papers (pdf version)
We are delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2011 annual conference of IASPM-ANZ. This year, the conference will be organised by convener Dr Geoff Stahl, and held at Victoria University of Wellington. We are pleased to stage our annual event in New Zealand once again, in keeping with the rotating conference schedule of Australia and New Zealand locations. Abstracts for paper presentations are now invited from researchers with an interest in popular music, regardless of disciplinary orientation. All papers detailing new and established research in the field will be considered, though preference may be given to papers that demonstrate clear engagement with the stated conference theme. Papers with a theoretical orientation are particularly encouraged, as are submissions from postgraduate students. Continue reading

NABMSA Fifth Biennial Conference

North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
July 25-28, 2012
Call for Papers

NABMSA’s fifth conference will once again bring together scholars and lovers of British music from various academic fields and locales for three days of papers, discussions, and musical performances. The 2012 conference will take place from July 25-28 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Continue reading

Director of the Belfer Audio Archive

Syracuse University Library and the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications seek applications for a unique and exciting position as director of the Belfer Audio Archive, one of the world’s preeminent repositories for recorded sound.


The Archive operates under the administrative purview of the Library’s Special Collections Research Center, underscoring its role as a repository for rare and unique sound recordings. Continue reading

Volume! La Revue des musiques populaires

Listening to popular music: practices, experiences, representations
Submission deadline: June 1st, 2011


Volume! a French peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of popular music seeks contributions for a special issue on listening. This issue will explore the premise that a focus on listening can be a fruitful basis for the analysis of popular music, one that can enrich our understanding of aesthetic relationships and signifying practices. Any scholarly essay on popular music and its listeners or how it is listened to is welcome. Continue reading