Situating Popular Musics

IASPM 2011 16th Biennial International Conference
Grahamstown South Africa
27 June/1 July 2011

For its 16th biennial conference, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) invites papers which explore the many ways of situating popular music in the light of IASPM celebrating its 30th year.

The opening plenary will be given by Philip Tagg, IASPM founder.

Saxophonist at the Grahamstown Festival

The week of the conference leads up to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival which is the biggest art festival in Africa and the southern hemisphere. This will be a stimulating context for members of IASPM to explore arguments about different popular music practices, spaces and places.

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Music Theory and Practice in the Lowlands

IASPM Benelux Conference
Haarlem, 15 April 2011
Call For Papers

For the first time in ten years, the Benelux Branch of IASPM is proud to announce a conference to be held on Friday April 15th 2011, possibly the conference will be extended with an extra day on Thursday April 14th 2011. The conference will take place at the InHolland University of Applied Sciences, Haarlem and will be organised in collaboration with International Music Management students. Continue reading

Performa’11, a Conference on Performance Studies

University of Aveiro
May 19th to 21st, 2011
Dadline for submissions: January 15th, 2011

Performa '11

The Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal) will host PERFORMA’11, a conference on performance studies, from May 19th to 21st, 2011. This conference seeks to generate and present new perspectives on musical performance through interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue. The keynote speakers will be Prof. Richard Taruskin, from the University of California (Berkeley), and Prof. Thomas Turino, from the University of Illinois. Continue reading

The 7th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education

Call for Papers
Symposium Dates: June 19-22, 2011
Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Extended deadline for proposals: December 1, 2010

The International Symposia on the Sociology of Music Education have been a primary conduit for the dissemination and discussion of scholarship on sociological issues related to music education since the first symposium in 1995.

The 2011 conference organizers invite the submission of proposals for papers on aspects of practice, theory, philosophy and research in the sociology of music education. “Sociology” refers to behaviors, beliefs, and identities among groups of people. “Music education” is understood to include all forms of teaching and learning in music – formal, informal, and non-formal. Continue reading

voiceXchange Winter 2011 issue

voiceXchange invites submissions for its Winter 2011 issue. We welcome work from varied academic perspectives, including but not limited to ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory, music cognition, popular music studies, music education, and the philosophy of music. Submissions from graduate students and junior scholars are particularly encouraged, as is work with multimedia elements. Continue reading

Artistic Work and Creativity in the Digital Era: Images and Sounds

International Research Conference
University of Avignon and the Vaucluse
[Université d’Avignon et des Pays du Vaucluse]
24-27 May 2011

Organised by Centre Norbert Elias (EHESS, CNRS, UAPV), the Georges Friedmann research laboratory (Paris 1-CNRS), the LHIVIC (EHESS) and the GRANEM (University of Angers) with the support of the ANR programme “Forms of communication and their developments”

This international research conference aims to focus on the panoply of issues relating to artistic creation in the digital era, focussing notably on the photography, cinema, audiovisual and musical sectors. Continue reading

Popular Music Essay Competition

Entrants are invited for the new Popular Music Essay Competition.

Entrants should address the following theme:

Questioning popular music orthodoxies

Essays may engage with any established popular music orthodoxy (whether the assumptions of critics and scholars or the habits of music makers and their audiences). Essays should provoke debate about the established practice and study of popular music, and may propose new approaches and practices.

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The winning essay will be published in Popular Music and the winner will receive £500.

The essay should be no longer than 3000 words and must be in the Popular Music house style (see the Popular Music website for details).

It should be submitted by September 15th 2011 to the Popular Music Editorial Group at:

The essays will be judged by the Editorial Group and the International Advisory Board of Popular Music.

Jazz and the Media

Date: 15th October 2010
Time: 10:30am to 3:30pm
Location: School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX

The Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, in partnership with Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham Jazz, is proud to present Jazz and the Media, a seminar featuring presentations from three internationally recognized authorities on jazz.

Jazz and the Media

Mike Connolly is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 10 years experience in factual and arts television production. Most recently he created the successful ‘Britannia’ brand for BBC4 including Jazz Britannia and Folk Britannia. Connolly started his career in television working on the arts magazine programme The Late Show as a Researcher and Assistant Producer. Continue reading