Update regarding the position of Chair of IASPM International

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Dear members,

On 20th May we emailed to advise that, following the Chair of IASPM stepping down from his position, the Executive Committee of IASPM would be operating on a collective basis to deal with a number of urgent matters. These include: the upcoming international conference in Daegu, Korea; an ethics investigation into the sexual harassment allegations that have been made; the construction of a code of ethics for our members; and a social media policy.

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IASPM Responses to the Current Situation in the Assocation

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Dear IASPM Members,             

As many of you know, extremely serious allegations regarding sexual misconduct by IASPM members at IASPM conferences were disclosed last week on IASPM’s Facebook page. As an executive committee, we take the allegations raised extremely seriously. We do not tolerate any type of violence, (gender, class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, etc), and that we are committed to creating a space free of violence of any kind.

A post was published on Facebook, followed by series of comments, which I took down, acting as a page moderator/admin. I’d like to apologise to IASPM members for taking down the post, in hindsight there should have been consultation between all Facebook admins and within the Executive Committee (EC) as to what action to take, which I think would have led to a different response. 

As an executive committee, we take the allegations raised extremely seriously, and want to outline some of the activities we have been engaged in as a response. We are seeking a specialist consultant to undertake an ethics/disciplinary report into the allegations that have been made, and to advise us on best practice in how we address any future complaints. The report will allow us to take  actions within our organization. An EC member is reaching out to the original poster to offer support, and we have consulted with the IASPM Facebook page administrators regarding how such disclosures should be dealt with in the future. 

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IASPM Executive Committee Statement

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Dear members,

The Executive Committee would like to make an official statement regarding the serious allegations of sexual assault against senior members of the group published in the last 48 hours on the public Facebook page for our organisation.The post was deleted by an admin to de-escalate tensions in the comments to the post. This action has since been criticised by a number of our members, and we hear the concerns that are being raised. It is not our intention to silence discussion of assault or abuse that may have occurred at IASPM events, or between our members, and we apologise for any part of the response that made it seem as though we were doing so in this instance. This type of public post was not a situation that had come up before and we had no clear ways of dealing with it available. We recognize that IASPM needs to address the allegations and develop strategies to deal with these types of accusations in a responsible way. We also wish to ensure that our members feel safe, and that there are mechanisms in place to support them if they do not. We acknowledge, however, that it would be remiss to commit to specific plans in relation to these goals quickly or lightly.

As such, we propose to undertake a period of consultation with experts in the field of sexual violence and disclosure of abuse to address these accusations, and develop properly thought out guidelines and procedures for dealing with any such situations in the future. This will also enable us to improve our understanding of what the legal implications might be for the organisation in relation to these matters. We will invite all IASPM branches to participate in planning the new policies.

IASPM is well known for its collegial culture. It is our hope that we can use this moment as an opportunity to ensure that collegiality is as much about taking care for the wellbeing of all members and participants at our events as it is about good scholarship.

More correspondence on this matter will be forthcoming soon.

Yours truly,
Rupert Till

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

IASPM EC Video greeting at IASPM XX, Daegu

The Executive Committee prepared a longer message to greet the participants and shared the most relevant aspects of the EC’s work. We invite you to watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfQ96j5Zq3g

Sincerely,

Beatriz Goubert (general secretary, co-chair)
Catherine Strong (member-at-large, co-chair)
Andrea Danick (member-at-large, co-chair)
Ali C. Gedik (member-at-large, co-chair)
Andrew Mall (local committee 2023, co-chair)
Bernhard Steinbrecher (membership secretary, co-chair)
Chris Anderson (treasurer, co-chair)
Keewong Lee (local committee 2022, co-chair)
Kimi Kärki (Web/publications, co-chair)

cfp: Voices of Women in Music (VOW) – University of Groningen – Dec. 1-2, 2022

Call for Papers:

VOICES OF WOMEN: MATERIALITIES, CULTURAL TRANSFER, AND MUSICAL AUTHORSHIP

VOW Erasmus+ Educational Symposium for researchers, music educators, and graduate music students

Dec. 1-2, 2022

University of Groningen

The Voices of Women project, an Erasmus+ funded joint project with the University of Groningen, The University of Stavanger, The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø), and The University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar invites paper presentations from teachers, graduate students, and scholars interested in the theme of musical authorship in connection to women’s voices. We understand voices metaphorically, artistically, and literally to include women or women-identifying genders in a variety of roles whose creative musical ‘voices’ contribute to the authorship of a particular body of work. The two-day symposium explores this theme of authorship in relation to the sub-themes of music materialities and cultural transfer.

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cfp: Music, Research, and Activism

MUSIC, RESEARCH, AND ACTIVISM

May 10–12, 2023, University of Helsinki

Call for Papers

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/music-research-and-activism/call-papers

What does social and environmental justice mean in music or music

research? How can music and music research advance equality, equity,

human rights or ecological sustainability? What could music

researchers and practitioners do in our contemporary world

characterized by climate emergency, ecocide, racism, gender

discrimination, war, conflict, and humanitarian crises? What is the

relationship between music and the rest of society, and what might

activist research look like in the field of music studies?

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New Collection on Covid and the Music Industries

Colleagues – for those of you that are interested in the impacts of covid on the music industries – just to inform you of a new edited collection that was published last week in the Journal of World Popular Music. The collection is being launched at this years IASPM conference in Liverpool and is available now. It focuses specifically on the impacts of Covid on the music industries of the Global North. See https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JWPM The details are below.

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