call for articles: MUSICultures

 MUSICultures Special Issue Call for Papers

MUSICultures solicits articles for publication in a special theme issue: Sustainable Futures in Popular Music: The Pandemic and Beyond, guest edited by Dr. Alexandra Boutros (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Dr. Brian Fauteux (University of Alberta).

Contemporary discourse is fraught with concerns about sustainability as we reckon globally with climate change, resource depletion, and more. How can we think about sustainability in intersection with popular music? Sustainability is often associated with ecological discourse, where concerns about waste and the depletion of natural resources may shape how we understand everything from music festivals and music related travel, to streaming services. However, sustainability is also implicated in the social dimensions of musical life. A discussion about music and sustainability may ask; What is the role of popular music and musicians in the cultural shifts made necessary by climate change? But may equally query how claims of sustainability figure alongside local music production and consumption framed by ephemeral archives and sometimes fragile cultural memories? Labour, venues, teaching and pedagogy, live performance, production and dissemination, capital and funding, and a host of other music related practices, systems, and infrastructures impact the sustainability or unsustainability of music.

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cfp: “Instruments, Interfaces, Infrastructures: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Musical Media”


“Instruments, Interfaces, Infrastructures: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Musical Media”

Harvard University Department of Music, May 11-13, 2023

Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 13, 2023

We are pleased to announce a three-day conference bringing together researchers and artists from a variety of music-related disciplines for a dialogue on the interconnected themes of instruments, interfaces, and infrastructures.

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cfp: III International Conference on Sonorities Research

III International Conference on Sonorities Research (CIPS) –

Sounds of the End of the World

June 7th to 9th, 2023

Fluminense Federal University (UFF) – Niterói/RJ – Brazil

The organizing committee of the III CIPS – Sounds of the End of the World is pleased to announce the professor and researcher Ana María Ochoa Gautier (Tulane University) as one of our keynote speakers. Soon, we will announce the other guests of this edition.

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Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize – call for submissions

Dear Colleagues,
This will hopefully be of interest to those of you who are postgraduate students, or to postgraduate students that you teach.

The 2022-23 round of the Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize is open for submissions. All postgraduates who are currently registered at universities and colleges in the U.K. and Ireland and who are members of IASPM are eligible.

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cfp: Rock Your Body: Bodies in Interaction with Popular Music

Call for Contributions

Annual Conference of the German Society for Popular Music Studies 2023

Rock Your Body: Bodies in Interaction with Popular Music

September 14-16, 2023

University of Siegen

I. On This Year’s Conference Topic

“I wanna dance with somebody, I wanna feel the heat with somebody”

– sung by Whitney Houston (1987)

Music is bound to bodies. We hear and feel it directly, we move along to it, we watch bodies in music videos and on concert stages, we use our bodies to produce sounds or augment them with instruments. In Popular Music Studies, the body-bound nature of music has been addressed since the inception of the research field. This year’s conference would like to continue and update the discussion by exploring bodies in interaction with popular music. For further specification, four focal points are outlined below, which should serve as suggestions or starting points for possible contributions. In addition, the conference is open to further impulses on the topic.

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cfp: Dialogues — International Music Research Conference 

Call for Papers

Dialogues — International Music Research Conference 

May 17 to May 21, 2023 

Laval University (Québec)

Deadline: January 20, 2023

The academic year 2022-2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the Faculty of Music at Université Laval. For the occasion, the faculty is organizing the Dialogues Conference, which will be held from May 17 to 21, 2023 at Université Laval, located in Quebec City. The conference, hybrid format, will host the principal Canadian research societies in music, teaching and music creation, as well as an international partner:

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cfp: Affective Politics and the Policing of the Social Through Popular Music

Call for Papers:

Affective Politics and the Policing of the Social Through Popular Music (deadline to submit abstracts, 15th of December)

Special Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology

The ‘affective turn’ across the humanities and the social sciences suggests that we pay attention to how affects create subjectivities, build communities and shape new forms of politics in the making (White 2017, Desai-Stephens & Reisnour 2020, Gregg & Seigworth 2010 and Clough & Halley 2007, Goodwin et. al. 2001). In other words, it encourages us to study how affective bodies ‘act and are acted upon’ (Seigworth and Gregg 2010: 1) as people engage with each other and with sensory objects (e.g. musical sounds), politically and socially, within specific contexts. These insights have implications for our understanding of politics, of the social, as well as how we understand social control and the ‘policing’ of the social. Instead of excluding objects from the social and privileging theories modelled on structure and agency (e.g. Giddens 1984, Bourdieu 1984), scholars are now redefining agency as relational (Barad 2003, 2007; Latour 2007, 2013). This has led to new research on how sensory objects, such as sounds and music, shape subjectivities, build communities and instigate politics through affect, within and across, contexts (Bøhler 2017, 2021; Shank 2014; Guilbault 2019; Schiermer 2021a, 2021b; Muniagurria 2018; Duque and Muniagurria 2022; Stover 2017, 2017).

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Jobs: Tenured Professor, Musicology (UCLA)

Department of Musicology – Tenured Professor Position

University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF08009

The Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles is searching for a senior hire in Musicology. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply, and candidates should, in their letters of application, highlight research and teaching activities that demonstrate a strong commitment to the needs and perspectives of disadvantaged populations.

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cfp: Handbook of Critical Media Industry Studies

Call for Papers: Handbook of Critical Media Industry Studies

We seek chapter proposals for inclusion in the Handbook of Critical Music Industry Studies. Critical Music Industry Studies (CMIS) is an encompassing and inclusive field that describes research and analytical perspectives on the music industry that move beyond operational concerns or introductions to subsets of the sector. The Handbook marks an important step in the development of CMIS as a legitimate field of study, bringing together industry professionals and academics from a diverse set of disciplinary perspectives. As Music Industry Studies explodes, it is time to revisit the field as an academic mode of inquiry. Too often, music industry programs of study emphasize getting students jobs and hiring faculty with “real world experience.” As such, the field diverges from other scholarly projects (especially with “studies” in their title). These programs tend to resemble trade schools that emphasize working within the system at the expense of re-envisioning the system. By narrowly focusing on getting students jobs, these systems end up reenforcing structures of domination within the music business. We seek to bring together scholars to intervene in the field and provide teachers with a text to teach music industry students the problems, potential, and promises of performing music.

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