IASPM 2023 Conference call for papers

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CFP: XXII BIENNIAL IASPM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

June 26–30, 2023

Theme: Popular Music in Crisis

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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2023 IASPM BOOK PRIZE – Call for Nominations

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2023 IASPM BOOK PRIZE – Call for Nominations

Dear IASPM members,

A public award will be given by IASPM for outstanding first books by a single author on popular music, in the categories English and any other language, at the2023 Minneapolis IASPM conference.

Nominations are invited from IASPM members of books they consider to be possible contenders for such an award. Authors nominated should preferably already be members of IASPM, or need to become members of IASPM after being nominated, in order to be eligible. Send your nominations to both of the Chairs of the Book Prize Jury, Andrea Dankić (andrea.dankic@gmail.com) and Ali C. Gedik (cenk.gedik@gmail.com)by November 7, 2022 at the latest. 

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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.

GROOVE THE CITY – International Scholars’ Study Session

VIENNA PERSPECTIVES – Art, Urban Space and Social In-/Equality

Urban Music Studies and Digital Humanities

Nov. 16th – 18th, 2022 +++ MUK Vienna

Artistic interventions in public space, the relocation of cultural events and festivals from the city center to the outskirts as well as the intention to achieve an all-encompassing social equality through music and the arts remain a central motive of urban cultural policy. Therefore, the concept of class and various mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion – in  Luhmann’s sense – still operate as parameters for measuring social equality and inequality. In the field of music and urban culture, this situation continually leads to discourses about participation, access and interpretive power – until today and especially after the rupture of the cultural fields caused by the pandemic and since the beginning of the war happening in Ukraine.

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Conference program and registration – Voices in and out of Place: Misplaced, Displaced, Replaced and Interlaced Voices

Dear all,

The International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University (ICMuS) is hosting the second biennial Vicarious Vocalities/Simulated Songs virtual conference in collaboration with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, now celebrating its tenth year.

This online conference will take place on the 6th and 7th of September 2022, UTC time. Attendance is free.

To join in the fun, register here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voices-in-and-out-of-place-virtual-conference-tickets-405219009967

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Job Announcement: Associate Professor in Musicology (3 years fixed term)

Dear all,

The deadline for the position of Associate Professor in Musicology (3 years fixed term) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, has been extended until September 15th.

We welcome applications from music scholars with training in any sub-discipline of music studies, and especially those who have a focus on community music, music and health, and music psychology. Please take a look at the full job announcement:

https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/228477/associate-professor-in-musicology

Call for Submissions – SEM Student News, 18.1 (“Fieldwork and Identity”)

Dear Colleagues,

This is the first call for submissions for the Fall 2022 issue of SEM Student News. The theme for this new issue, Vol. 18, No.1, is “Fieldwork and Identity.” After over two years of disruptions and reconsiderations of the fieldwork process brought on by the pandemic, many graduate students, who might have experienced delays, are once again preparing to enter the field. Despite the impending sense of a “return to normalcy,” many of us are finding that the pre-pandemic “field” we may have been prepared for has changed in fundamental ways. This issue of SEM Student News is an opportunity for graduate students to participate in a process of dialogue and exchange about their aspirations, experiences, and adjustments they have made in relation to fieldwork. At the core of this discussion, we hope to center the issue of identity: How have the intersections of our own identity, that of our research collaborators, and that of the field itself changed the ways we are thinking about the past, present, and future of our work? Beyond articles that reflect on experiences or offer novel theoretical considerations of the topic, we particularly welcome pieces reflecting collaborative approaches that promote the forum- and community-based goals of this issue.

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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)