The IASPM Executive Committee for 2021–2023 is:

Chair: Rupert Till resigned 19th May. While EC is thinking about the way forward, we will handle Chair duties collectively. In the official IASPM matters, email

General Secretary: Beatriz Goubert (Colombia)
Beatriz Goubert holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology (Columbia University, 2019). She wrote her doctoral dissertation on Andean popular music as a strategy for indigenous revitalization and recognition in Colombia. Her research interests include popular music and culture in Latin America, language revitalization, cultural politics, intangible heritage, and urban music and migration. She is also interested in digital humanities and is currently developing a sonic map of current Muisca territory with the Columbia Libraries. She has worked and published in Latin America’s cultural politics and music education, including the book Universidad, Músicas Urbanas, Pedagogía y Cotidianidad (Zapata, Goubert, Maldonado 2004). She has also published Estado del arte de la música en Bogotá (Goubert 2009), La chisga musical, avatares de una práctica social en Bogotá (in Música y Sociedad en Colombia, Pardo 2009) and De cantaoras y cantantes: apropiaciones diferenciales del patrimonio (A Contratiempo Journal 2009). She is a member of IASPM-Latin America.

Membership Secretary: Bernhard Steinbrecher (Austria)
Bernhard Steinbrecher is post-doc researcher and lecturer in popular music at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), Department of Music. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Music Weimar (Germany). His scientific fields of interest are analysis, theory, and history of popular music and the relation between its sounds and social, psychological, and aesthetic questions. He is currently leading a project on everyday musical practices of adolescents in Vienna. Steinbrecher’s monography The Sounds of the Popular. Perspectives on a Systematic Analysis and Interpretation of Popular Music was published in 2016. Steinbrecher is re-elected membership secretary and treasurer of the German-speaking branch of IASPM. He has been teaching at the Universites of Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.

Treasurer: Chris Anderton (UK)
Dr Chris Anderton is Associate Professor in Cultural Economy at Solent University, Southampton, UK, where he also co-leads the Culture, Media, Space and Place Research Group. He received his PhD on music festivals from University of Wales Swansea in 2007. His current research interests focus on music business, music culture and music history. He is the author of Music Management, Marketing and PR (2022, with James Hannam and Johnny Hopkins), Music Festivals in the UK. Beyond the Carnivalesque (2019), and Understanding the Music Industries (2013, with Andrew Dubber and Martin James). He is also co-editor of the books Media Narratives in Popular Music (2022, with Martin James), and Researching Live Music: Gigs, Tours, Concerts and Festivals (2022, with Sergio Pisfil). In addition, he has guest edited special issues of the academic journals Rock Music Studies and Arts & the Market (with Sergio Pisfil), and published in numerous other edited collections and journals.

Web/Publications: Kimi Kärki (Finland)
Kimi Kärki works as a Research Fellow in Cultural History & International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC) at University of Turku, Finland. He wrote his PhD on the history of stadium rock spectacles in 2014, and is currently researching ‘Talking Machines’, funded by Kone Foundation, and leading the research project Fascinating Fascism and its Affective Heritage in Finnish Culture (also by Kone Foundation, 2021-2023). He holds an adjunct professorship (a title of Docent) in Cultural Heritage Studies at University of Turku. He was a Visiting Fellow at University of Liverpool Institute of Popular Music (IPM) in 2006, and Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA) Center for Popular Music Studies in 2017. He is the current Secretary of European Popular Culture Association (EPCA). He has been in IASPM since 2001, and Web/Publications officer at the IASPM International 2017-2019, 2019-2021, and now 2021-2023. He is also a practicing guitar player and singer-songwriter in several recording and internationally touring bands. He has published mostly on arena rock history and design (Ashgate, Routledge, Bloomsbury), and also on heavy metal, methods of audiovisual analysis, nationalism, and future imagining in popular culture. He is a member of IASPM Norden.

Member-at-large: Catherine Strong (Australia)
Catherine Strong is the Program Manager of the Music Industry program at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Grunge: Popular Music and Memory (2011), and co-editor of Death and the Rock Star (2015), The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage (2018) and the forthcoming Towards Gender Equality in the Music Industry. She has been the Chair of IASPM Australia-New Zealand branch since 2015, and is co-editor of Popular Music History journal.

Member-at-large: Andrea Dankić (Sweden)
Andrea Dankić is Associate Professor in Ethnology at Umeå University, Sweden. Her dissertation and monography Att göra hiphop: en studie av musikpraktiker och sociala positioner (= Making hip-hop: a study of musical practice and social positions) was published in 2019. The monography analyzes processes and aspects that shape Swedish hip-hop music by drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Sweden including the battle rap scene, club DJs and music-oriented summer camps where young girls are taught how to make hip-hop music. Dankić’s research interests include musical practice, knowledge, authenticity, intersectionality, creativity. In April 2018, she presented her on-going doctoral project within the seminar Ethnology in Sweden today, organized by the Scandinavian Section at University of California Los Angeles, USA. She is a member of IASPM Norden.

Member-at-large: Ali C. Gedik (Turkey)
Ali C. Gedik is currently an associate professor of musicology at Dokuz Eylül University (DEU), İzmir. He earned a M.Sc. degree in musicology with the thesis titled ‘Differences of Taste in Popular Music: An fMRI Study’ at DEU in 2007 and a Ph.D. degree in electronics engineering with the thesis titled ‘Automatic Transcription of Traditional Turkish Art Music: A Computational Ethnomusicology Approach’ at Izmir Institute of Technology in 2012. He was the president of Society for Interdisciplinary Musicology, between 2016-2018. Gedik is the secretary of IASPM Turkey Branch since 2009. He is one of the founders of Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, published since 2007. He is editorial board-member of Journal of World Popular Music since 2018 and the editor-in-chief of Marxism & Sciences: A Journal of Nature, Culture, Human and Society, founded in 2021. He is the editor of Made in Turkey: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge, 2017) and the author of forthcoming chapter, titled ‘Popular Music in Times of Neo-Liberalism and Beyond: Marxist Perspectives on Turkish Popular Music’ (Oxford Handbook of Global Popular Music). He has been playing trumpet in various jazz groups in İzmir since 1999.

IASPM 2021 Daegu Representative: Keewoong Lee (South Korea).
Keewoong Lee is a sociologist and research professor at Institute for East Asian Studies, SungKongHoe University, Korea. He is a member of IASPM executive committee in representation of the host of 2021 (to be organized 2022) IASPM Conference in Daegu, South Korea. His research interests include urban culture, cultural industry, and popular music. He has thus far published books on history of Korean popular music, history of Asian popular music, gentrification of Seoul and Asian cities, and articles on musical practices of migrant workers in Korea.

Online Finance Officer: Jan Herbst (UK)
Jan Herbst is a popular music scholar, musicologist, music producer and guitar player. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Music Production and director of the Centre for Music, Culture and Identity (CMCI) at the University of Huddersfield, UK. His research sits at the intersection of popular music studies, musicology and music production, focusing on the musical practice in electric guitar playing and record production in rock and metal music, as well as industry-related aspects. He is currently Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded project ‘Heaviness in Metal Music Production’ (HiMMP) (, which examines how expert metal music producers control and manipulate heaviness. He has been a member of IASPM D-A-CH and UK & Ireland since 2013. Since 2018, he has been Treasurer of IASPM UK & I, and since 2019, he has been a member of the editorial board of IASPM Journal.


IASPM Social Media Committee

The IASPM Social Media Committee was formed in March 2021. They manage the IASPM official social media accounts. Please get in touch with them at They always welcome feedback and suggestions for content! Committee members in alphabetical order:

    Hueyuen Choong, IASPM Social Media Committee Representative

    Tommaso Farina, IASPM Social Media Committee Representative

    Universo Pereira, IASPM Social Media Committee Representative

    *Kristal Spreadborough, IASPM Social Media Committee Chair

    Sofia Sousa, IASPM Social Media Committee Representative

    Xiaodan Zhang, IASPM Social Media Committee Representative