Staging popular music: sustainable music ecologies for artists, industries and cities
Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 3-4-5 November 2021
This conference focuses on the intersection between key transformations in the popular music industries. Music represents and generates value on various levels from the individual to the global, and in many different spheres from the cultural and social to the economic and political. Popular music is staged through multiple platforms, actors, businesses, intermediaries and policies. The current COVID-19-crisis both challenges the music industries and acts as a catalyst of new digital innovations. This is a vital moment to (re)consider the future directions of the music industries. While the music industries are characterized by continuous change and transformation, significant disruptions have always impacted its resilience. Such disruptions can be external shocks, including the current crisis, new technologies, political change or aesthetic-cultural innovations. From an ecological perspective, all transformations force the industry to reshape and rethink itself. This will likely result in both positive as negative consequences. We need to critically reflect on what the immediate and long-term future of music ecologies entails, who benefits and who suffers from such disruptions.
We are pleased to announce the conference, “Progect Network 2021: Towards a Contemporary Understanding of Progressive Rock and Metal,” to be held on May 19-20-21 and 26-27-28.
This conference is hosted VIRTUALLY by Lori Burns at the University of Ottawa. Free registration and the full program are available at the conference website: https://progectconference2.wixsite.com/website-5
Call for papers: Music and Racism in Europe
Online Symposium, 21—22 October 2021
Race is among the most significant social categories that informs and organises understandings of music. Although there is an abundance of music research that deals with BIPOC minorities and, at least implicitly, also with race, few studies explicitly address how processes of for example racialisation, essentialisation,appropriation and exclusion in music and music research can effectively be categorised as racist. However, recently there has been an increasing interest also in the issue of racism in the field of music and music scholarship and this international online symposium seeks to bring together researchers across disciplines to discussmusic and racism particularly as it relates to Europe.
Join us for an interactive Popular Music Studies Research Day with renowned speakers Laina Dawes, Steve Waksman and Paula Wolfe to discuss: what it means to be a black artist, the advent of arena rap, and the poetry of the recording studio.
Fugitive Ontology and Black Static: Afro-Pessimism vs. Afro-Futurism in Popular Music Laina Dawes: Columbia University. Author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal (Bazillion Points)
Rock, Rap, and Race in the U.S. Concert Industry Steve Waksman: Smith College. Author of Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience (Harvard University Press) and This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (University of California Press)
Songwriting, Music Production, Self-Production: Locating the Emotion, Maintaining the Objective, Positioning Genre Paula Wolfe: Author of Women in the studio: creativity, control and gender in popular music sound production (Routledge)
Time, place and registration
Tuesday 25 May 2021, 1-5 pm London time
Zoom (details on registration)
Dear Friends, we would like to invite you to our conference: “Regional Experiences and External Influences: Reclaiming Identities by Popular Music in the Digital Era“. The event will take place on the 16-17th September 2021 in Toruń (Poland). The registration is open now! We will be waiting for your abstracts (approx. 500 words) until June 15.
The main objective of the conference is to exchange the experiences of studying popular music regional scenes. Such panorama tends to functionally and structurally reflect the specific and diversified character of cultural regionalism itself, including music and its social functions. We shall examine local popular music scenes in three varied but overlapping perspectives located mainly in the fields of musicology, sociology, anthropology, literary studies, cultural studies, political science, but we do not limit the academic areas of research. Thus, the experts of the enumerated fields covering the research on popular music are welcome.
Check out the full call for papers on our website https://bit.ly/3tnUnOR.
The event is organised by International Association for the Study of Popular Music and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.
Any questions? Ask us: email@example.com.
We are looking forward for your submissions!
IASPM-Norden Roundtable 4
The Future(s) of Popular Music Scholarship in the Nordic Region
April 24, 5:15pm?6:15pm, CET
Zoom-meeting link: https://uniarts.zoom.us/j/66450612073
This roundtable seeks to continue discussion on the state and prospects of popular music scholarship in the Nordic region. It does so by focusing on the anticipated directions and trajectories within the field, whetherreactionary or progressive, and their socio-political foundations. What is likely to change in popular music scholarship and what is not; what are the possible and probable unifying tendencies and what in turn the divisive ones; what does the future hold for different generations of popular music scholars; and what might be decidedly Nordic in these developments? The Nordic branch of IASPM has assembled a roundtable of three experienced scholars to address these and similar issues. The roundtable will begin with short remarks from each of the invited speakers, leaving plenty of time for discussion.
This roundtable is the fourth in a series of online meetings, organized by IASPM-Norden, taking place over the course of the winter and spring 2021. The events will not be regular research presentations, but instead seek to start conversations that address pressing questions in Nordic popular music scholarship, pedagogy, cultural policy, and beyond.
We are pleased to host the seventh Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS or Inter-Asia Pop) Online Workshop. On Thursday, April 15, Dr. Jian Xiao will give a talk on punk in China and Indonesia.
The event is free. but you need to register in advance: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeaOq-TcU6obMJAezrFK4JeQBuPKb8zLXYTsNAIw_xP_JlKjQ/viewform?usp=pp_url
We will send you a reminder with the instruction to the video conference twice: one day before and one hour before the event. Please find more detail below.
The April 2021 Research Seminar will be arranged by IASPM’s Latin American Branch. You can get your free tickets here.
22th April 2021, Thursday
15:00 – Sao Paolo, Brazil / Chile
The event will be on Zoom, online, and can also be watched on IASPM’s YouTube page, streamed live. On this page you can also watch videos of previous seminars. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCii1IhY4vnGskTwf3GUyhjQ
“MINA. The Voice of Silence: Presence and Absence of a Pop Icon”, organized by Jacopo Tomatis, Giulia Muggeo and Gabriele Rigola at the University of Torino, 25-26 March (also in partnership with IASPM Italia).
The conference was originally planned for March 2020, celebrating the great singer Mina’s – a true Italian icon – 80th birthday. For obvious reasons, we had to reschedule the whole program online (so, we are now celebrating Mina’s 81st birthday!).
The conference is held on Webex.
The online participation is free of charge. If interested in getting the streaming link, you are all welcome to fill this form:
HERE the full program, and some info below.