Registration is now open for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) biennial global conference, hosted by the US branch (IASPM-US) in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota (USA). The global conference has not been hosted in North America since 2007 and not in the US since 1993. The conference runs Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30, 2023. The conference’s theme is “Popular Music in Crisis,” and the program features over 300 distinct presentations, plenaries, and workshops. Registration includes access to the full conference programming (7 or 8 concurrent panels over 5 days) and lunch on each day. A conference banquet and select Wednesday afternoon activities are available to registrants for an additional cost. Discounted registration is available to anyone experiencing financial hardships (including students, adjuncts, contingent, and unwaged scholars).Continue reading
Call for Applications
Associate Editor for Journal of World Popular Music
The editorial team of JWPM seeks to appoint an Associate Editor to support the editing and production of articles and special issues covering world popular music in all its forms and from a variety of academic and other perspectives. JWPM publishes articles and special issues which respond to the latest releases in the fields of popular music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, musicology, cultural sociology, communication, media and cultural studies, and/or others.Continue reading
6th Conference of the Centre for Study of Popular Culture
Exploration of Class, Distinction, and Habitus in Popular Culture of Central and Eastern Europe
Conference organised by the Centre for the Study of Popular Culture, Charles University and the German Historical Institute in Warsaw
27–29 October 2023, Prague, Czech RepublicContinue reading
Call for Papers: Punk Symposium in Berlin, 22 September 2023
in cooperation with the international Punk Scholars Network
PANK! – (German) language in zines, punk art and punk rock
„Haste ’ne Macke?!“ (Engl. „you nuts?!“) – That is how Nina Hagen begins her song “Pank”, which she recorded in 1978, self-ironically written the way Germans usually pronounce the English word “Punk”. Youth slang, everyday language, humor, and directness characterize early German punk songs in the late 1970s—a departure from internationalized and slick mainstream pop lines à la ABBA. Political communication was also further radicalized in German punk rock. When the Hamburg band Slime loudly postulated in 1980 that they didn’t want any „Bullenschweine“ (Engl. “bull pigs”) and thus polemically commented on the constant confrontation between law enforcement and punks from their point of view, the 10-year-old slogans of radical left-wing bands like Ton Steine Scherben seemed almost well-behaved. Back to the concrete, back to reality, namely the low, grim, and dreary reality—but this reality is then, in turn, violently and solemnly torn apart. A graphic equivalent of this frenzy of expression can be found in the fanzines of the time—Do It Yourself (DIY) magazines in self-publication, made possible by the spread of the photocopier—which also turn the tables with ironic wit, chaotic layout, and humorous appropriation of the narrow-mindedness in contemporary German advertising.Continue reading
The 14th International Music Business Research Days 2023
Towards Sustainability in Music Business?
Balancing new business models, changing labor conditions and new competences.
November 1-3, University of Agder, Department of Popular Music, Kristiansand, Norway
Call For Papers
Music business, and the frameworks and dynamics of the music industries, continue to develop and change, with new digital innovations, new formats, new business models and new content being created. It is nothing new that music business operates within changing economic- and technological framework conditions – these are perhaps more to be considered inherent features rather than substantial shifts. Nonetheless, these changes need to be continually addressed and critically discussed.Continue reading
25th International CHIME Conference, Heidelberg CATS, October 1-4, 2023
Exactly 25 years after the last International Chime Conference in Heidelberg that focused on “Barbarian Pipes and Strings,” we return to the city by the Neckar and the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) that now houses the CHIME Collection to reconsider musical practices in China from a transcultural perspective.Continue reading
Global Hip Hop Reading Room (GHHRR) is an all-online and informal reading group for hip hop lovers, academics, and practitioners to discuss texts on all facets of hip hop culture. Having previously been a one time zone group, we are now a two time zone group to cater towards more of the academic community outside the Anglophone world. The upcoming reading group will be held on May 3 at 11:30 am EST and May 24 at 3 pm Sydney time.
For more information, see our website at
We also have a special event on May 15th at 1 pm BST where Dr. J. Griffith Rollefson of the CIPHER project will be presenting the organization to us.
We will also have a relaxed session on June 7th at 12 pm EST, where we will listen to music. This is, however, subject to change in terms of timing and date for the month.
Diversity in Popular Music Spheres
University of Auckland and Wintec | Te Pūkenga
Tāmaki-Makaurau (Auckland) and Kirkiriroa (Hamilton), Aotearoa
5-8 December 2023
Popular music has long existed as a space for the sharing and fostering of marginalised voices and stories, despite its equal position as a hegemonic economic and cultural tool of capitalism and Western imperialism. This conference invites papers on popular music and popular music studies that consider or celebrate aspects of non-mainstream politics, identities, creatives and practices; as well as interrogating the power structures related to our field that emerge from patriarchal white, cisgender, heterosexual and ableist ideologies and values. We especially look for work around indigenous studies, gender and queer studies, disability studies and colonialism or any other intersectional perspectives, in relation to any aspect of popular music consumption, production and people.Continue reading
Call for Papers
Pop after Communism. The Transformation of Popular Culture after 1989/90
From-To: 15 – 17 Nov. 2023
Deadline: 31 May 2023
The social changes that went along with the political upheaval of 1989/90 in the countries of state socialism were not limited to the political system, economic structures or social conditions. The late phase and the end of state socialism were marked by a far-reaching transformation of popular culture, with global cultural changes becoming an important driver of the post-communist transformation. Up to now, there have been some individual studies on the history of pop in the 1990s and early 2000s with a particular view to the united Germany, the countries of East-Central and South-Eastern Europe and the states that emerged with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but no comprehensive overview of the globally entangled transformation processes in pop culture. The conference hence aims to bring together researchers in the broader field of “pop history” to examine the overarching tendencies of this fundamental socio-cultural change and the protagonists and institutions that determined it from a comparative perspective. The focus of the conference is on pop music and the entire range of pop cultural forms of expression (e.g. film, fashion, literature).
While both pop music, especially with its subcultural scenes, and youth culture, which became highly differentiated in state socialist societies in the 1980s, are now relatively well researched, only a few studies follow their development through the social transformations that began after the political upheaval of 1989/90. Thus, relatively little is known about how state cultural institutions were dissolved or transformed in order to adapt to the new conditions and which paths their former representatives took after the political upheaval. Significant differences between the individual countries, e.g. with regard to gradual liberalisation tendencies or repressive policies that continued until the end of state socialism, must therefore be taken into account just as the distinctive preconditions for the developments beginning after 1989/90.Continue reading
Call for Papers
Music, Migration, Belonging/s in 21st-Century Europe
Conference at the mdw–University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria
November 24–25, 2023Music and Minorities Research Center
The question of belonging is important to everyone. Yet, this question becomes particularly significant to the experience of migration, with people leaving or being forced to leave familiar structures of belonging, finding themselves in new, alien contexts and environments. While music studies scholars have debated issues of identity in depth, the notion of belonging or belongings – as well as the counterpart non-belonging – has yet to be more widely theorized.Continue reading