Call for papers: Special Issue: Pop music festivals and (cultural) policies
Guest editors: Beate Flath, Martin Cloonan and Adam Behr
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 31 August 2018
Deadline for submitting full papers: 14 January 2019
The full CFP can also be found on our website:
Ranging from jazz, through folk, to country, hip-hop, world music, dance music, rock and classical music, festivals are a vital part of contemporary popular music cultures. This vitality has been reflected by a growth in the field of festival research, which has become an inter- as well as a transdisciplinary area encompassing various perspectives on festivals and popular music culture. Amongst other approaches, previous studies have addressed questions on the complex relations of policies and pop music festivals. Set against this background, this special issue of the IASPM@Journal, the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, wishes to encourage further critical reflection, research and debate in this field regarding the relational structure of pop music festivals, cultural and governmental policies, cultural/music/event management and cultural mediation.
We are looking for a range of international perspectives from the different localities and cultures that IASPM represents. We are particularly interested in new approaches at the crossroads of topics that can include – but are not limited to:
• Aesthetic, social, economic etc. aspects of the interrelations between pop music
festivals and cultural/governmental policies
• Pop music festivals in the area of tension between cultural/music/event management and cultural mediation
• The interrelations between pop music festivals and cultural/governmental policies regarding different stakeholders (musicians, audience, managers, labels, publishers, organizers, local residents, entrepreneurs etc.)
• Aesthetic, social, economic etc. value creation processes generated by pop music festivals
• Implications of failed pop music festivals for cultural/music/event management and cultural/governmental policies
• Development of theoretical approaches to interrelations of pop music festivals, cultural policies, cultural/music/event management and cultural mediation
Authors are encouraged to submit, by 31 August 2018, a 300-word abstract to special issue editors Beate Flath (email@example.com), Martin Cloonan (martin.cloonan@UTU.FI) , and Adam Behr (firstname.lastname@example.org). Abstracts must include an indicative title, a critical engagement with relevant literature, an indication of significance, and references.
Decisions will be communicated to authors by 28 September 2018. The deadline for full submission of articles of up to 8,000 words (including abstract) is 14 January 2019.
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Correspondence and enquiries should be directed to Beate Flath:
IASPM@Journal is the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), an organization established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music. As part of an international network the journal aims to disseminate IASPM members’ research work that is local, transnational, global and/or international.
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