cfp: Prosecuting and Policing Rap (Popular Music 40.4)

Special issue of Popular Music 40.4 (2021)

Prosecuting and Policing Rap

Contributions are invited to a special issue of Popular Music on the complex interface between rap music (taken in its broadest sense to include mainstream rap, gangsta rap, activist rap, drill, grime, etc.) and criminal justice systems around the world.

Rap music is an international youth-cultural powerhouse and, while its spread has been celebrated, it has also been attended by mounting criminalisation. This special issue asks researchers to explore the policing and prosecuting of rap and how this has been framed in media reporting. It also considers what might make rap susceptible to such state criminalisation and how rappers, communities, civil liberties groups, defence lawyers, and scholars have come to challenge ‘prosecuting rap’.

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IASPM 2021: IMPORTANT NOTICE

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As we have announced in Call for Proposals, the current climate of Covid-19 pandemic and climate change demands certain interventions in the format of international conference. We at local organising committee for IASPM 2021 are keen to employ various measures to tackle those challenges. As part of our intervention, we offer slots for online participation for those who do not wish to travel for conscientious, financial, or Covid-19-related reasons. Please submit a 300-WORD STATEMENT to apply for online participation when you register for IASPM 2021 – please note, you DO NOT need to do this when you submit your proposal. We will grant online participation slots for successful applicants. This applies to both panel and individual participation. We are working out fee structure and conference formats for online participation. We will keep you updated on this topic.

If you have any queries about online participation, please contact IASPM 2021 Secretariat at iaspm2021@gmail.com

Hyunjoon Shin         Keewoong Lee

Co-chair.                   Co-chair

IASPM 2021 Local Organising Committee

cfp: Journal of Sound, Silence, Image and Technology

Journal of Sound, Silence, Image and Technology (JoSSIT)

Monograph: Music, Sound and Silence in Videogames

Issue editor: Lidia López Gómez

Number: 3 (December 2020)

Deadline for full articles: 1st October 2020

Issue date: 22nd December 2020

The scientific publication the Journal of Sound, Silence, Image and Technology (JoSSIT) grew out of the research group of the same name (SSIT), which is linked to the TecnoCampus university centres, affiliated with Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). The journal seeks to bring together academic debate and scientific research on the relationship between sound as a broad concept and an audiovisual context.

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Survey on musical practice during Covid-19

Dear colleagues,

How is Covid-19 changing musical instrument practice? At the University of Sussex we are running a survey exploring this question and we would be delighted if you would consider filling it out. We interpret the word ‘instrument’ broadly and take it to include the voice and music software, for example.

We are interested in everyone’s reply, no matter what background, education, practice, genre or style. Amateurs and new musicians are especially welcome, so please feel free to share with your friends, family and networks.

Filling out the survey will take between 15-30 minutes of your time, and it hopefully invites you to reflect upon the meaning of music in your life:

https://forms.gle/DXZUePc5kQUZ4kEa8

Best wishes,

Thor Magnusson and Mimi Haddon
University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom

cfp: The U2 Conference

The U2 Conference
http://u2conference.com/  

Heartland: U2’s Looking For American Soul
An International Virtual U2 Conference For Scholars And Fans
October 18 – 24, 2020

U2 has journeyed – at times uneasily – through an America of pulsating metropolis, rugged heartland and shining sea. It long ago fell under the spell of America, but for just as long has felt it still hasn’t found America.

When U2 talks about America, it often describes it in terms of an idea, a dream or an experiment rather than a physical reality. Bono sings in “American Soul” (ft. Kendrick Lamar) on Songs of Experience: “It’s not a place / This country is to me a sound / Of drum and bass. … It’s not a place / This country is to me a thought / That offers grace / For every welcome that is sought.”

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Heavy Metal Music and Dis/Ability: Crips, Crowds, and Cacophony

Heavy Metal Music and Dis/Ability​ seeks authors to join this edited volume of essays.

While many metal scholars have discussed people with disabilities and their lives in/with heavy metal music informally, or as part of panel discussions, little is in publication about music and people with disabilities, let alone metalheads and disability. Studies on disability and popular music exist, but do not include the very corporeal genre that is heavy metal music.

For this collection, the editor seeks authors who engage deeply and uniquely with questions of ability, heavy metal music, and the body. In addition, this collection seeks to bridge the gap between heavy metal scholars and heavy metal practitioners, so essays, photo essays, and op-ed pieces from performers, crew members, venue staff, and so on are welcome.

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Call for collaborative pieces — Studies in Musical Theatre

Seeking Collaborative Projects: Studies in Musical Theatre

Hi, musical theatre scholars and practitioners,

You might know us already, but in case you don’t, we are Jess Sternfeld (Chapman University) and Liz Wollman (Baruch College, CUNY). We’ll become co-editors of Studies in Musical Theatre when founding editors George Burrows and Dominic Symonds step down in 2021 after a truly epic 15 years of service. The four of us have been working toward a seamless transition as we build new editorial and advisory boards and explore new directions for the journal. We two have big shoes to fill, but we can’t wait to serve our beloved field as SiMT co-editors.

As we prepare, we’ve been thinking a lot about how important collaboration is to our field, especially right now. The entertainments we study rely on it, of course, but then, so does our discipline; connections and conversations with fellow scholars have helped many of us weather, process, and rise to the challenges of the crises we’re living through. Our field is so extraordinarily interdisciplinary that it couldn’t have developed without reaching across borders and academic areas. It’s fitting that SiMT has always been co-edited; just as a show can’t go on without group effort, editorial partnerships can foster collaboration, mentorship, and varied perspectives and approaches.

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IASPM 2021 (Daegu, South Korea, July 6-10, 2021) update

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Greetings!

The Local Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to the 21st Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music to be held in Daegu, South Korea, for 5 days from July 6 to 10, 2021. Here are some latest updates on the conference, including the keynote speakers.

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Call for applications: Electronic Music Journalism

Berlin-based electronic music magazine GROOVE is teaming up with Goethe-Institute for a digital workshop programme on international electronic music journalism organized by Kristoffer Cornils and Laura Aha. We are inviting young journalists from all over the world and specifically from the so-called Global South to apply for the programme with the aim of developing a written, in-depth feature on their respective local scene. Applications are now open until August 3rd. 

The two-week seminar block will take place online from the 17th to the 28th of August and is open for the general public. Once the seminars are concluded, the ten selected participants will take action on their own: in coordination with the editors of GROOVE, they will write an article focusing on the regional specifics of electronic music in their own countries, in their native language and with a respective English translation. Besides the opportunity of having their piece published in both languages by GROOVE in November this year, the participation in the workshop programme and the article will be compensated by the Goethe-Institut with a one-time payment of € 500 per participant.

Find the whole announcement here:

https://groove.de/2020/06/29/global-groove-electronic-music-journalism/