cfp: Festival Activism

Call for Proposals: Festival Activism
Edited by David McDonald and Jeremy Reed

For decades festivals have provided important sites of inquiry for folklorists and ethnomusicologists alike. While theoretically and methodologically diverse, this literature has traditionally focused on the communitas of festival experience and the flow of everyday social life beyond the festival’s liminal boundaries. Attending to the activist turn in ethnographic research, we wish to explore the idea of festivals as strategic forms of social action. Specifically, how can a critical ethnographic study of festivals reveal the ways in which performers, participants, and organizers encounter and challenge the myriad forms of violence that frame the contemporary world? How do festivals constitute sites of activism and forms of social and political intervention?

Co-Editors David A. McDonald and Jeremy Reed of Indiana University are seeking chapter proposals that explore existing and emerging debates on the dynamics of festivals and activism. This volume understands festivals as an interspace between disciplines such as folklore, ethnomusicology, performance studies, cultural studies, media studies, and others. At the same time, an attentive and critically ethnographic approach to festivals can offer utility to professional fields beyond the social sciences, such as arts administration and public affairs. We welcome original research that explores the significance of festivals as tools of social and political intervention. And further, we encourage chapter proposals that integrate festival research into contemporary conversations on applied, activist, and public facing work in the humanities.  

We envision this volume published as part of IU Press’ “Activist Encounters in Folklore and Ethnomusicology” book series. If interested in participating, please send a 250 word abstract to David McDonald davmcdon@indiana.edu and Jeremy Reed reedjer@indiana.edu by November 20, 2021. Finished chapter drafts will be expected by May 1, 2022 with final revisions expected in Fall 2022. 

cfp: Perfect Beat

Special Edition: Metal and Hardcore in Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands

Perfect Beat: The Asia-Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture 

This call for proposals is for a special edition of Perfect Beat, focused on heavy metal and hardcore music, scenes, practices, and cultures in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Metal and hardcore have a long and nuanced history in Aotearoa, where scenes have interfaced with localised aesthetics and histories, and responded to urbanisation, deindustrialisation, and globalisation in complex and multi-faceted ways. Moreover, metal and hardcore’s relationship to Māoritanga is similarly significant, despite only recently coming into greater international focus with the success of Alien Weaponry’s use of Te Reo Māori. Heavy metal and hardcore’s history in the Pacific Islands is deserving of further attention, particularly given the growth of bands such as Kūka’ilimoku in Hawai’i, the recent staging of Metal United World Wide in Papua New Guinea, and the established history of metal in the Solomon Islands.

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cfp: The Journal of Beatles Studies

The Journal of Beatles Studies 

Issue One CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Navigating and Narrating the Beatles: A Research Agenda for the 21st Century 

The prodigious interest in the Beatles and continued industry devoted to the group is exemplified by the forthcoming release of Peter Jackson’s Get Back, a revision of 1970’s Let It Be. To be screened by Disney in late 2021, the size and scope of the project is signalled by an emphasis on Jackson’s three years of labour and access to 60 hours of archive footage not seen for half a century. The perceived public appetite is measured in the results of this work which reworks Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s lean 80 minutes into six hours of documentary to be revealed over three days in a global televisual event. 

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IASPM XX (Canberra 2019) proceedings are online

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Dear all,

Turns and Revolutions in Popular Music. Proceedings from the XX Biennial Conference of IASPM, Canberra, Australia, 24th – 28th June 2019 e-book has now been published.

Here is the direct link: https://iipc.utu.fi/iaspm2019/

(as part of IIPC Online series here, as vol. 8: https://iipcblog.wordpress.com/publications/).

Hope you enjoy!

“Education Sciences & Society” Journal – Italy

Dear IASPMites,

I’m happy to share with you the last call for papers from the Italian scientific Journal “Education Sciences & Society”: https://journals.francoangeli.it/index.php/ess/announcement/view/37

Professor Massimiliano Stramaglia and I we’ll be glad if you consider participating with a paper about the way pop music can help to clarify the meaning of being young today.

Thank you very much for your kind attention!

Tommaso Farina

Call for Chapter Proposals on DJ Cultures in Canada

Proposed Title: We Can Dance If We Want To: Canadian DJ Culture Turns Up

Edited by Dr. Charity Marsh and Dr. Maren Hancock

“As a creative performance, the DJ set has the potential to communicate new ways of being, of feeling, producing musical discourses that are nevertheless embedded in the real-world, material, politics. In this way, DJ practices enable the immediate reconstitution of local cultural identity.” (Rietveld, 2013, 7)

The rousing success of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s “Nightclubbing” panel discussion focusing on the history of Toronto club culture is one of many recent events that illustrates a growing desire to celebrate Canadian DJ culture. Facebook and other social media sites are rife with archival material relative to DJ culture in Canada from the 1980s until the present. And although the first DJ was technically a Canadian (Reginald Fessenden gave the first radio broadcast of music and speech in 1906), Canada’s unique contributions to DJ culture are mainly absent from academic and public discourse. 

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Publication of the 9th issue of Transposition journal – Music and Sexuality

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of the online peer-reviewed journal Transposition – musique et sciences sociales No. 9  “Music and Sexuality”, with contributions by Marion Brachet, Chiharu Chûjô, Aurore Flamion, Clara Wartelle-Sakamoto, Toby Young, Charlotte Vaillot Knudsen, Tia DeNora and Annegret Fauser. The issue aims to explore the seldom studied connections between music and sexuality, the relationship of sound and music to sex and desire. We also invite you to discover an interview with the argentine company Opera Queerand 23 book reviews of recent publications in musicology and social sciences. And popular music studies: https://journals.openedition.org/transposition/?lang=en

Wishing you a good read,

Esteban Buch, Violeta Nigro Giunta (eds.)

All the best,

Sarah, for the editorial team of Transposition

TRANS 24: Special issue on Music, Sound and Culture in Central America

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of TRANS-Revista Transcultural de Música, in this case volume 24, corresponding to the year 2020.  It includes a special dossier on “Music, Sound and Culture in Central America”, edited by Antonio Monte Casablanca (Free University of Berlin), Amanda Minks (University of Oklahoma) and Helga Zambrano (University of California – Los Angeles).

In the words of the editors, this volume “aims to integrate the Central American region into current academic knowledge and debates around the categories of music, sound and orality, particularly from the different points of view of the humanities and social sciences.” Beyond the intrinsic quality and interest of each of the articles, this collection, as a whole, reveals the rich (ethno)musicological thinking of a region that perhaps has not received due attention from music and sound studies. The publication of this special issue also responds to the Ibero-American vocation of TRANS-Revista Transcultural de Música, the flagship journal of SIBE, the Spanish Society for Ethnomusicology.  The issue is completed with the usual section of reviews.

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Publication: Gear Acquisition Syndrome – Consumption of Instruments and Technology in Popular Music

Dear IASPM-ites,

With apologies for cross-posting: Jonas Menze and I are pleased to be able to announce that our latest book, Gear Acquisition Syndrome – Consumption of Instruments and Technology in Popular Music, featuring a foreword by Steve Waksman, has been published today. Scholars interested in how musicians acquire, use, collect and regard musical equipment as part of their extended selves, essential for their music-making, may find it a stimulating and enjoyable read.

The book is available as a free, downloadable open access eBook here: https://unipress.hud.ac.uk/plugins/books/27/

Abstract:

Gear Acquisition Syndrome, also known as GAS, is commonly understood as the musicians’ unrelenting urge to buy and own instruments and equipment as an anticipated catalyst of creative energy and bringer of happiness. For many musicians, it involves the unavoidable compulsion to spend money one does not have on gear perhaps not even needed. The urge is directed by the belief that acquiring another instrument will make one a better player.

This book pioneers research into the complex phenomenon named GAS from a variety of disciplines, including popular music studies and music technology, cultural and leisure studies, consumption research, sociology, psychology and psychiatry. The newly created theoretical framework and empirical studies of online communities and offline music stores allow the study to consider musical, social and personal motives, which influence the way musicians think about and deal with equipment. As is shown, GAS encompasses a variety of practices and psychological processes. In an often life-long endeavour, upgrading the rig is accompanied by musical learning processes in popular music.