Announcement of new Chair: Professor Samantha Bennett

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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)

cfp: Music and Ideas of the Popular: Reconsidering British Music and Musical Practice

Call for Papers:

North American British Music Studies Online Symposium:

Music and Ideas of the Popular: Reconsidering British Music and Musical Practices

August 10-12, 2023 on Zoom

The topic of the 2023 biennial online symposium is “Ideas of the Popular in British Music.” Despite the messiness involved in “popular” (or, for that matter, “art”) music, we propose a rethinking of “popular” and “popular culture” in British music, broadly construed, in local and global contexts.

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Job Announcement: Northeastern University (Boston, USA) FT/NTT “Freshman Experience” in Music

About the Opportunity: The Department of Music in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University (Boston, USA) invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor, Associate Teaching Professor, Teaching Professor, or Professor of the Practice, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We seek an experienced college-level educator and advisor with an advanced degree in interdisciplinary music studies or the equivalent, and/or with a strong background in cross-disciplinary approaches to teaching, advising and curriculum design. The successful candidate will play a leadership role in the Department’s academic programs, assist in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in preparation for a flexible array of future professional opportunities, and support Northeastern University’s traditional strengths in experiential education. The anticipated start date for this position is Fall 2023.

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call for chapters: Vivid Versions: Cover Songs, Contexts, and Subjectivities

Vivid Versions: Cover Songs, Contexts, and Subjectivities

Edited by Mike Alleyne and Lori Burns

~Call for Proposals~

The covering of an iconic song has long been a popular music strategy for an artist’s expression of identity and musical subjectivity. Such song adaptations often entail the traversing of borders that articulate significant contexts for social and musical identities. We summarize these potential contexts in the following list, in no particular order of critical importance:

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cfp: Innovation in Music Conference 2023

Call for Papers: Innovation in Music Conference 2023
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InMusic23: Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK: 30 June, 1 & 2 July 2023

Innovation In Music celebrate their 10 year anniversary in 2023 and are excited to be heading to Edinburgh Napier University for our 10th year conference.

The InMusic23 conference theme is ‘You’re not supposed to do that’ with a focus on misuse and reuse; reimagining and repositioning; hybridisation and recontextualisation; and creating unique pathways and perspectives in music production, performance, technology and business.

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cfp: Probing the Borderland between Popular Music and Literature – SYMPOSIUM June 9th

Probing the Borderland

Between Popular Music and Literature

1-Day Symposium, Friday 9th June 2023 

Hosted by the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France)

(Hybrid event)

Abstracts of 200 words should be sent, along with a short biography of no more than 100 words, to Catherine Girodet (catherine.girodet@univ-reims.fr) and Sylvie Mikowski (sylvie.mikowski@univ-reims.frby 15th March 2023.

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cfp: “You are beautiful, no matter what they say”
Sentimental Ballads in Popular Music

Call for Papers
“You are beautiful, no matter what they say”
Sentimental Ballads in Popular Music

International Symposium
September 13-14, 2023, University of Siegen, Germany

Getting goosebumps while listening to “I Will Always Love You”, being moved to tears by “Un-Break My Heart”, being carried away by “Beautiful” – the sound of ballads may evoke affective as well as physical responses. Such somatic interactions with popular songs are apparently based on a common ground of cultural production of affect that parallels the cinematic “body genre” of melodrama (Meier 2008).

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cfp: DC23: After the Pandemic

DC23 | Dancecult Conference

19-20 October 2023
Call for Proposals. DC23: After the Pandemic

We are delighted to announce the call for proposals for DC23, a Dancecult conference to be held at the University of Huddersfield, UK, 19-20 October 2023. As the first in-person Dancecult conference, DC23 will host participants in the broad interdisciplinary community of research around electronic dance musics and cultures who will converge, share and celebrate their ongoing research efforts. The conference is an opportunity for graduate students and senior researchers alike to share insights on electronic music, dance industries and events in the post-pandemic world.

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cfp: Music for Girls Conference and Popular Music and Society special issue AND Music for Girls Conference (University of Sussex, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, 19-20 June 2023)

CFP: Music for Girls Conference and Popular Music and Society special issue

Call for Papers: Music for Girls Conference (University of Sussex, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, 19-20 June 2023)

The AHRC Music for Girls network is hosting a conference on 19-20 June 2023 that will explore popular music, gender, and knowledge. 

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cfp: Practice Research in 21st Century Music

Call For Papers: Practice Research in 21st Century Music

The 21st Century Music Practice Research Network’s 2023 One Day Conference on Saturday 20th May 2023 at the University of West London, St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, London W5 5RF

The C21MP network is relaunching its ‘in-person’ events with a one day conference looking for common themes in pedagogy and practice research in performance, composition, record production, music technology, music business and arts administration.

The format of the conference is slightly unusual in that is inspired by the format of the ‘flipped classroom’:

  • Themed panels involve three ‘presenters’ and a discussant / moderator. Presenters must be able to attend in person  on Saturday 20th May 2023.
  • Each presenter produces a 20 minute video of their presentation in advance of the conference which are available online for attendees (and the public) two weeks in advance. All presenters and moderators must watch all three videos in advance of their ‘in person’ session.
  • During the session, each presenter gives a five minute summary / abstract which is followed by 75 minutes of discussion between the four panellists and with audience involvement, led by the discussant / moderator
  • Presentations can involve practical demonstration, musical examples and performance but must address a research question and point towards or provide answers / new knowledge

300 word abstracts using the format outlined below should be submitted to 2023conference@c21mp.org by 5pm GMT on 10th Feb 2023 and selected abstracts will be notified by 20th March 2023.

Selected abstracts will submit 20 minute videos by 5pm GMT on Friday 5th May 2023

Proceedings will be published on the website

Also – selected presentations will be invited to submit to a new C21MP Video Journal on Practice Research in Music

There will be eight panels based on the following:

Conference Themes

1.     Music technology – How is the relationship between technology and music practice shifting in the 21st century? How does this relationship alter the agency and/or creativity of music makers?

2.     Creative entrepreneurship – What does creative (music) entrepreneurship mean in the 21st century? What new approaches to practice and forms of analysis are emerging, including considerations of social media and digital dissemination?

3.     Composition and song writing – How have composition, song writing and arranging changed since the proliferation of technological tools in recording, and writing music? What are the tensions between originality and external influences (genre, commerciality etc) in contemporary song writing and composition?

4.     Workflows and tools – What influence do our workflow and/or the tools we use have on our ways of thinking about or ‘doing’ music? How do musical tools (instruments, notation, DAWs etc) embody and create representations of music, musicking and musical thought? 

5.     Methodology and practice – How can we demonstrate rigour in practice research? What are your methods of documentation and analysis for researching aesthetics and process through your practice?

6.     Collaboration – How do different forms of collaboration impact music practice and research? How have 21st Century innovations affected different ways of ‘doing’ collaborative work?

7.     Pedagogy – How should we find a balance between training and education? What new approaches, methods and theories are being used in practice education? How are community development and entrepreneurial skills being embedded in practice pedagogy?

8.     Performance – How are approaches to performance (in concert, in the studio and elsewhere) changing in the 21st Century? How are real time sound making activities being influenced by and combined with real time manipulation and editorial processes?

Abstract Format

Your abstract will be assessed on the following criteria:

·       You have clearly identified the theme / panel you wish to be considered for and why.

·       There is a clear research question or problem and an explanation of how it might produce new knowledge or understanding

·       The abstract provides a clear idea of the form your presentation will take.

·       It is clear how this presentation will contribute towards a meaningful discussion of the theme.