Registration is now open for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) biennial global conference, hosted by the US branch (IASPM-US) in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota (USA). The global conference has not been hosted in North America since 2007 and not in the US since 1993. The conference runs Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30, 2023. The conference’s theme is “Popular Music in Crisis,” and the program features over 300 distinct presentations, plenaries, and workshops. Registration includes access to the full conference programming (7 or 8 concurrent panels over 5 days) and lunch on each day. A conference banquet and select Wednesday afternoon activities are available to registrants for an additional cost. Discounted registration is available to anyone experiencing financial hardships (including students, adjuncts, contingent, and unwaged scholars).Continue reading
Category Archives: Upcoming conferences
cfp: Exploration of Class, Distinction, and Habitus in Popular Culture of Central and Eastern Europe
6th Conference of the Centre for Study of Popular Culture
Exploration of Class, Distinction, and Habitus in Popular Culture of Central and Eastern Europe
Conference organised by the Centre for the Study of Popular Culture, Charles University and the German Historical Institute in Warsaw
27–29 October 2023, Prague, Czech RepublicContinue reading
cfp: Punk Symposium in Belin, 22 September 2023
Call for Papers: Punk Symposium in Berlin, 22 September 2023
in cooperation with the international Punk Scholars Network
PANK! – (German) language in zines, punk art and punk rock
„Haste ’ne Macke?!“ (Engl. „you nuts?!“) – That is how Nina Hagen begins her song “Pank”, which she recorded in 1978, self-ironically written the way Germans usually pronounce the English word “Punk”. Youth slang, everyday language, humor, and directness characterize early German punk songs in the late 1970s—a departure from internationalized and slick mainstream pop lines à la ABBA. Political communication was also further radicalized in German punk rock. When the Hamburg band Slime loudly postulated in 1980 that they didn’t want any „Bullenschweine“ (Engl. “bull pigs”) and thus polemically commented on the constant confrontation between law enforcement and punks from their point of view, the 10-year-old slogans of radical left-wing bands like Ton Steine Scherben seemed almost well-behaved. Back to the concrete, back to reality, namely the low, grim, and dreary reality—but this reality is then, in turn, violently and solemnly torn apart. A graphic equivalent of this frenzy of expression can be found in the fanzines of the time—Do It Yourself (DIY) magazines in self-publication, made possible by the spread of the photocopier—which also turn the tables with ironic wit, chaotic layout, and humorous appropriation of the narrow-mindedness in contemporary German advertising.Continue reading
cfp: The International Music Business Research Conference 2023
The 14th International Music Business Research Days 2023
Towards Sustainability in Music Business?
Balancing new business models, changing labor conditions and new competences.
November 1-3, University of Agder, Department of Popular Music, Kristiansand, Norway
Call For Papers
Music business, and the frameworks and dynamics of the music industries, continue to develop and change, with new digital innovations, new formats, new business models and new content being created. It is nothing new that music business operates within changing economic- and technological framework conditions – these are perhaps more to be considered inherent features rather than substantial shifts. Nonetheless, these changes need to be continually addressed and critically discussed.Continue reading
cfp: 25th International CHIME Conference: Barbarian Pipes and Strings Reconsidered— Negotiating Authenticity in the Musics of China: Transcultural Perspectives
Barbarian Pipes and Strings Reconsidered — Negotiating Authenticity in the Musics of China: Transcultural Perspectives
25th International CHIME Conference, Heidelberg CATS, October 1-4, 2023
Exactly 25 years after the last International Chime Conference in Heidelberg that focused on “Barbarian Pipes and Strings,” we return to the city by the Neckar and the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) that now houses the CHIME Collection to reconsider musical practices in China from a transcultural perspective.Continue reading
cfp: Diversity in Popular Music Spheres
Diversity in Popular Music Spheres
University of Auckland and Wintec | Te Pūkenga
Tāmaki-Makaurau (Auckland) and Kirkiriroa (Hamilton), Aotearoa
5-8 December 2023
Popular music has long existed as a space for the sharing and fostering of marginalised voices and stories, despite its equal position as a hegemonic economic and cultural tool of capitalism and Western imperialism. This conference invites papers on popular music and popular music studies that consider or celebrate aspects of non-mainstream politics, identities, creatives and practices; as well as interrogating the power structures related to our field that emerge from patriarchal white, cisgender, heterosexual and ableist ideologies and values. We especially look for work around indigenous studies, gender and queer studies, disability studies and colonialism or any other intersectional perspectives, in relation to any aspect of popular music consumption, production and people.Continue reading
cfp: Pop after Communism. The Transformation of Popular Culture after 1989/90
Call for Papers
Pop after Communism. The Transformation of Popular Culture after 1989/90
From-To: 15 – 17 Nov. 2023
Deadline: 31 May 2023
The social changes that went along with the political upheaval of 1989/90 in the countries of state socialism were not limited to the political system, economic structures or social conditions. The late phase and the end of state socialism were marked by a far-reaching transformation of popular culture, with global cultural changes becoming an important driver of the post-communist transformation. Up to now, there have been some individual studies on the history of pop in the 1990s and early 2000s with a particular view to the united Germany, the countries of East-Central and South-Eastern Europe and the states that emerged with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but no comprehensive overview of the globally entangled transformation processes in pop culture. The conference hence aims to bring together researchers in the broader field of “pop history” to examine the overarching tendencies of this fundamental socio-cultural change and the protagonists and institutions that determined it from a comparative perspective. The focus of the conference is on pop music and the entire range of pop cultural forms of expression (e.g. film, fashion, literature).
While both pop music, especially with its subcultural scenes, and youth culture, which became highly differentiated in state socialist societies in the 1980s, are now relatively well researched, only a few studies follow their development through the social transformations that began after the political upheaval of 1989/90. Thus, relatively little is known about how state cultural institutions were dissolved or transformed in order to adapt to the new conditions and which paths their former representatives took after the political upheaval. Significant differences between the individual countries, e.g. with regard to gradual liberalisation tendencies or repressive policies that continued until the end of state socialism, must therefore be taken into account just as the distinctive preconditions for the developments beginning after 1989/90.Continue reading
cfp: Music, Migration, Belonging/s in 21st-Century Europe
Call for Papers
Music, Migration, Belonging/s in 21st-Century Europe
Conference at the mdw–University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria
November 24–25, 2023Music and Minorities Research Center
The question of belonging is important to everyone. Yet, this question becomes particularly significant to the experience of migration, with people leaving or being forced to leave familiar structures of belonging, finding themselves in new, alien contexts and environments. While music studies scholars have debated issues of identity in depth, the notion of belonging or belongings – as well as the counterpart non-belonging – has yet to be more widely theorized.Continue reading
cfp: Sound, Meaning, Education: CONVERSATIONS & improvisations
Sound, Meaning, Education: CONVERSATIONS & improvisations
University of Guelph/IICSI, October 20-22, 2023
Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2023
SME | CFP (Call for Proposals)
Sound, Meaning Education (SME) invites researchers, artists, and/or teachers to submit
proposals for an in-person conference to be held at the University of Guelph, October 20-22,
2023. The conference will gather all manner of curricular innovators to share
research/scholarship, pedagogical strategies, narratives/stories, performances, and imaginings for the purpose of building infrastructures that support sound and meaning explorations within teaching and learning contexts.
cfp: pular Music Theory & Analysis Summer School
Popular Music Theory & Analysis Summer School (IPM-IPM-SMA)
Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st August 2023, University of Liverpool
The Institutes of Popular Music of both Rochester and Liverpool, together with the Society for Music Analysis, are pleased to announce their second Summer School dedicated to popular music theory and analysis. Teaching will be led by Lori Burns (Ottawa), Mark Spicer (Hunter College / CUNY), David Temperley (Eastman), and plenaries will be given by John Covach (Rochester), Freya Jarman (Liverpool), and Catherine Tackley (Liverpool).
This is a free course, although travel, accommodation and subsidence must be covered by delegates. Ideal for graduate students or early career researchers.
The deadline for applications is May 15th 2023.