Announcement of new Chair: Professor Samantha Bennett


Dear members,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chair for IASPM. Professor Samantha Bennett from ANU was, at the time that the deadline came for nominations to close, the sole nominee for the position and has as such been appointed by the EC. Sam is a long-time member of IASPM and has been extensively involved in its running in various capacities, including as the organiser of the very successful conference in Canberra in 2019. Her experience and commitment to the association make her ideal for this position, and we welcome her warmly.

Yours truly,

The IASPM Executive Committee

Chris Anderton (treasurer)
Andrea Dankić (Member-at-large)
Ali C. Gedik (Member-at-large)
Beatriz Goubert (General Secretary)
Kimi Kärki (Web/Publications)
Keewoong Lee (Daegu Conference representative)
Andrew Mall (United States Conference representative)
Bernhard Steinbrecher (Membership secretary)
Catherine Strong (Member-at-large)

IASPM 2023 Conference call for papers



Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

June 26–30, 2023

Theme: Popular Music in Crisis

!!! Extended deadline: November 30, 2022 !!!

It is not hyperbolic to claim that crisis characterizes the state of the world in the 2020s. The COVID-19 virus still rages across the globe. In many countries, this public health crisis intersects with a crisis of political legitimacy caused by increased polarization and the rise of right-wing populism. The refusal of many to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19 has led to the continuing spread of the disease. Elsewhere, similar dynamics are exacerbated by lack of effective vaccines, little-to-no capacity to make them, and the hesitancy of wealthier countries to distribute vaccines beyond their national borders. An ever smaller number of people control most of the world’s wealth as the gap between the wealthy and the poor has become a seemingly unbridgeable chasm. The ongoing crisis of climate change manifests in many ways: increasingly dangerous storms, displaced populations, out-of-control fires, financial and material devastation, rising sea levels, and more, unfortunately exacerbated by politics and the destructive impact of late capitalism. Wars, civil and otherwise, have also increased the numbers of migrants whose home countries are devastated but who are not welcomed elsewhere, leading to a crisis of the displaced and, with the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine compounding continued struggles in Afghanistan, Israel-Palestine, Syria, and many other regions, heightened tension between global powers that at times evokes the Cold War. The rise of neo-fascism has accompanied the return of dangerous nationalisms that attempt to disenfranchise certain members of society, often by race, gender, and sexuality, while reinforcing existing social and racial constructions. Other crises abound, as white supremacy rises again in North America and Europe, women’s rights are under attack in various repressive regimes across the globe, and we learn of human rights abuses perpetrated during military crises and civil unrest.

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Jobs: Tenured Professor, Musicology (UCLA)

Department of Musicology – Tenured Professor Position

University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF08009

The Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles is searching for a senior hire in Musicology. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply, and candidates should, in their letters of application, highlight research and teaching activities that demonstrate a strong commitment to the needs and perspectives of disadvantaged populations.

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cfp: Handbook of Critical Media Industry Studies

Call for Papers: Handbook of Critical Media Industry Studies

We seek chapter proposals for inclusion in the Handbook of Critical Music Industry Studies. Critical Music Industry Studies (CMIS) is an encompassing and inclusive field that describes research and analytical perspectives on the music industry that move beyond operational concerns or introductions to subsets of the sector. The Handbook marks an important step in the development of CMIS as a legitimate field of study, bringing together industry professionals and academics from a diverse set of disciplinary perspectives. As Music Industry Studies explodes, it is time to revisit the field as an academic mode of inquiry. Too often, music industry programs of study emphasize getting students jobs and hiring faculty with “real world experience.” As such, the field diverges from other scholarly projects (especially with “studies” in their title). These programs tend to resemble trade schools that emphasize working within the system at the expense of re-envisioning the system. By narrowly focusing on getting students jobs, these systems end up reenforcing structures of domination within the music business. We seek to bring together scholars to intervene in the field and provide teachers with a text to teach music industry students the problems, potential, and promises of performing music.

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cfp: III CIPS – Call for abstracts

By request, the organizing committee of the III CIPS decided to reserve a part of the event to take place online. Please find more information below:

III International Conference on Sonorities Research (CIPS) –

Sounds of the End of the World

June 7th to 9th, 2023

Fluminense Federal University (UFF) – Niterói/RJ – Brazil

In recent decades, we have witnessed changes on a global scale that can be seen as threats to human existence itself – threats caused by ourselves, as the Anthropocene theories demonstrate. Climate change, pandemics, food shortages and wars are the result of the brutal exploitation of the planet, the struggle for control of natural and economic resources, as well as the denial of the ongoing crisis.

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IASPM Journal_reviewers and Reviews Editor


IASPM Journal is looking for a new Reviews Editor. The role is open to all qualified members and ideal for an early-career researcher to learn about journal editing and publication. Each year, the journal publishes two issues, and the Reviews Editor oversees the entire process from submission to publication. We work as a collaborative team and the Reviews Editor will be supported by the core editorial team, who meet regularly. Please send all enquiries to Abigail Gardner at


We are looking for reviewers! IASPM Journal seeks new reviewers to help with the review process. We are especially interested in hearing from a linguistically diverse group of scholars. Email for details.

We look forward to hearing from you,


cfp: The Globalization of Postcolonial Pop Music: Putting the Success of the K-pop Industries into Theoretical Perspectives

Asia Pacific Business Review Special Issue:

The Globalization of Postcolonial Pop Music: Putting the Success of the K-pop Industries into Theoretical Perspectives

Guest Editors:

Professor Jangwoo Lee, School of Business Administration, Kyungpook National University & Success Economy Institute, Korea

Professor Paul Lopes, Dept. of Sociology, Colgate University, USA

Professor Chris Rowley, Kellogg College, Oxford University & Bayes Business School, City, University of London, UK

Professor Ingyu Oh, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan

Professor Lynn Pyun, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

Over the last two decades. the South Korean music market has grown into the seventh largest in the world, while its boy band BTS was ranked number one in 2021 as the most popular and best-selling global artist by IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). All these factsare simply confounding to many pundits of the industry as no postcolonial music market has achieved global breakthroughs as such other than South Korea. Only three countries in Asia are listed on the top 10 global music markets: Japan (2nd), China (6th) and South Korea (7th). Among these, South Korea is the only postcolonial country that became independent from Japan after the Second World War.

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cfp: Music & the Moving Image Conference XIX



Conference at New York University: Friday, May 26th – Sunday, May 28th

The annual Music and the Moving Image Conference invites abstracts for paper presentations that explore the relationship between the vast universe of moving images (film, television, streaming media, video games, and advertisements) and that of music and sound. We encourage submissions from scholars and practitioners, as well as from multidisciplinary teams that have pooled their knowledge to solve problems or to develop new perspectives regarding the relationship between music and moving images. Abstracts will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, and clarity of presentation.

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Popular Music Books in Process series

Call for Presentations, Popular Music Books in Process Series, October 2022

Dear friends,

Since spring of 2020, Popular Music Books in Process has curated online events for music writers, journalists, and scholars to showcase new books or works in progress for an engaged, interactive audience. The series (now running every second week, in season) is a collaboration between the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the Pop Conference, and IASPM-US. There have been 75 events so far, all preserved on YouTube.

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cfp: Subcultures Network International Conference

Subcultures Network International Conference

Date: 13 April – 14 April 2023
Venue:Frenchay Campus, UWE, Bristol
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The Subcultures Network wishes to celebrate the diversity of disciplines, scholars, researchers and writers who have been involved in the Network over the past twelve years.

But we also aim to encourage those who haven’t been to one of our events before to submit abstracts and come and share their ideas, research and knowledge with us.

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cfp: Conference on Politics in Music and Song at Queen’s University Belfast

Call for Papers: Conference on Politics in Music and Song (Queen’s University Belfast, 8-10 September 2023) 

Music at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with the network ‘Songs of Social Protest’ is hosting a conference from 8-10 September 2023 that will explore the great variety of musical and lyrical expression within the field of protest song.  

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