Dear IASPM Colleagues:
Please find the link below for a Special Issue of Global Hip Hop Studies about Breaking and the Olympics.
We are especially interested in teams of researchers coming together to do community-responsive projects in preparation for the upcoming Olympics in 2024:
Hi there IASPMites,
Just a few things to run by you from the world of Journal of Popular Music Studies as we kick off 2021. Our book series resumes tomorrow with Daphne Brooks, in conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin and Gayle Wald, talking about her Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound, coming out next month on Harvard Press. We have a jampacked set of offerings: look for the schedule here:
Writers are invited to submit chapter proposals for an edited collection of work exploring ageing, time and temporality in the context of punk.
Initial academic consideration of punk posited it as a youth culture and the positioning of punk in relation to time and historical location is of course commonplace in scholarship. This can be seen outside of academia too, for example the ‘celebration’ of the 40th anniversary of punk and the associated events which took place highlight the way punk is often link with a particular time in our collective memory. Just as punk scholarship has endeavoured to deal with the notion of punk retaining significance in individuals’ lives ‘post-youth’, empirical work has built around how punk is remembered and represented. And yet…tensions, issues and gaps remain unaddressed.
Special issue of The Radio Journal: ‘Competing Sounds? Podcasting and Popular Music’
Guest editors: Ellis Jones (University of Oslo) and Jeremy Morris (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Abstracts due: 20th January 2021
On 19 May 2020, Spotify announced they had secured worldwide rights to distribute The Joe Rogan Show – arguably the world’s most commercially successful podcast – exclusively through their streaming platform. This move, reportedly worth over $100m, follows a series of notable licensing deals and acquisitions by Spotify (e.g. Gimlet Media, Anchor, The Obamas, etc.). But the heavy investment in this emerging media format also puts podcasts and music in economic and cultural tension. Noting the paltry royalties Spotify distributes to musicians, jazz historian Ted Gioja scoffed that the Rogan deal shows ‘Spotify values Rogan more than any musician in the history of the world.’
Special Issue CFP: Dance and Protest
Editors: Serouj Aprahamian, Shamell Bell, Rachael Gunn, and MiRi Park
IASPM Journal is the peer-reviewed open-access e-journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). As part of an international network, the journal aims to publish research and analysis in the field of popular music studies at both global and local levels.
The recent succession of protests and uprisings following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of (now former) Minneapolis police officers overwhelmingly included dance as a protest tactic. While dancers have long engaged in cultural acts of resistance, this iteration in the #blacklivesmatter movement stemmed directly from the efforts of dancers/activists who participated in the protests following the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Ezell Ford, and Michael Brown. Dancer/activist/scholar/mother Shamell Bell deemed “Street Dance Activism” as a protest tool to celebrate Black Joy in the face of Black death, and renowned dance scholar Brenda Dixon-Gottschild has noted how such actions have gained increasing visibility over the last decade.
“Flip it and Reverse it: Hip-Hop Worldwide” is a space for hip-hop-focused research and content. It is a section of the UCLA journal Ethnomusicology Review.
The section is open to scholars, students, journalists, activists, artists, archivists, and community organizers. We’d like to particularly encourage submissions from BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, disabled individuals, and non-academically affiliated individuals.
Contributions should ideally be between 1500 and 3500 words, and take advantage of the online-digital format of the publication by making use of media content (pictures, videos, audio, etc.).
If you wish to contribute or have any questions please reach out to:
H. Samy Alim (email@example.com)
Samuel Lamontagne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tabia Shawel (email@example.com)
More info here
Call for Articles
Savoirs en Prisme, no 15, 2022, “The Figure of the Musician in the Cinema”
Edited by: Bénédicte Brémard, Stéphan Etcharry and Julie Michot
Although pianists (and even organists) left the movie theaters during the silent era, musicians have become a recurrent topic of cinema. One famous example is the first “sound” feature film, The Jazz Singer (Alan Crosland, 1927), whose hero is also an instrumentalist. Background and source music have already been the subject of numerous in-depth studies. This is why Issue 15 of Savoirs en Prisme will focus more specifically on the musician, a figure that can be found in all national cinemas.
New Approaches to Music and Sound
Guest Editors: David Suisman and Rebecca Tinio McKenna
If new book series and journal special issues are any indication, over the last decade, there has been a surge of interest in the musical and sonic worlds of the past. Scholars of music, sound studies, disability studies, transnational and postcolonial studies, cultural history, history of the senses, and others have been expanding our historical understanding of soundscapes, music cultures, aurality, acoustics, and other aspects of the work sound does in the world. New scholarship is connecting music and sound with politics and social movements, capitalism and commerce, the formation of racial, gender, and class identity and difference, the history of technology and of natural environments, and more.
Call for contributions to a Journal of Scandinavian Cinema In Focus section highlighting Musical Biopics and Musical Documentaries from the Scandinavian countries
This is a call for short subject contributions (2000-3000 words) focusing on how Scandinavian film and television have presented musicians, singers, bands and orchestras in biopics and documentaries. We welcome submissions that – after a quick theoretical introduction and concise contextual background – offer discussions of topics such as:
- the film’s role within cultural memory – usually restricted to a single national market and often catering to a certain age group’s intragenerational memories
- the handling of generic conventions; from narration and characterization to the selection of music, casting choices and staging of performances
- the function of music in specific films and film genres
- marketing and authentification discourses, including media coverage of stars and their work with particular roles and performances, as well as screenwriters’ and directors’ use of biographies, interviews, original footage and recordings
- national and international reception of such films