IASPM-ANZ 2012 Conference‏

Call for papers
Shifting Sounds: Musical Flow
IASPM-ANZ 2012 Conference‏
University of Tasmania, Hobart
5-7 December 2012

We are delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2012 annual conference of IASPM-ANZ. This year, the conference will be organized by Dr Michelle Phillipov, and held at the University of Tasmania. We are pleased to stage our annual event in Hobart in keeping with the rotating conference schedule of Australia and New Zealand locations.

Abstracts for paper presentations are now invited from researchers with an interest in popular music, regardless of disciplinary orientation. All papers detailing new and established research in the field will be considered, though preference may be given to papers that demonstrate clear engagement with the stated conference theme. Papers with a theoretical orientation are particularly encouraged, as are submissions from postgraduate students.

Conference Title
The concept of ‘flow’ is essential for understanding the fluidity, flux and diffusion of contemporary media and culture. Flow reveals the complexities of contemporary cultural production, consumption and participation. It also illuminates the ways in which ideas, information, culture and technology are exchanged and imbued with meaning and power.

The concept of flow has been influential in the work of Appadurai (1990) and Castells (1996), and in more recent writing on media and convergence cultures. Questions of musical flow, however, remain an under-explored area. This conference invites papers that consider the role of music in the facilitation and disruption of media and cultural flow. In doing so, it considers music as something that moves between, and within, different spaces, places, texts, communities and technologies.

In particular, we seek papers addressing:

1. the flow of popular music within and across different digital and textual platforms, including film, television, journalism, and social media;

2. the flow of popular music between different cultures and cultural formations, such as the local, national, transnational and global;

3. the flow/s of popular music studies, its history and current practices within the academy, as well as its disciplinary, theoretical and methodological futures;

4. the flow of popular music studies outside of the academy, in policy, journalism, and popular understandings of ‘music’;

5. the construction and disruption of musical flow, in musical composition, performance and other artistic arenas.

We also welcome abstracts considering any other area of popular music.

Abstract Submission
Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment (Word document, 12pt Times New Roman font) to abstracts@iaspm.org.au, by 28 May 2012. Please use your surname as the document title, as in Brunt.docx. Delegates requiring an extension of this deadline should indicate this in an email to the above address. The abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Organising Committee, and successful applicants advised promptly by email.

Please include in this order:

· Name of author(s) (as you would like it to appear in the programme)
· Institution or affiliation
· Contact phone numbers, including international codes
· Email
· Title of paper
· Abstract (250-300 words)
· The theme number(s), as described above, which align with your paper
· 5 keywords for your paper (for programming purposes)
· Consideration for 2012 IASPM-ANZ postgraduate prize? (Yes/No)
*NOTE: Past winners are ineligible for future prizes.

Registration and Membership
Information on registration, accommodation and additional activities will be posted on the IASPM-ANZ website following the abstract review process. All presenters are required to be financial members of IASPM. Membership information can be found at the IASPM-ANZ webpage: www.iaspm.org.au, and will also be provided at the time of conference registration. For further membership information, please contact IASPM-ANZ Treasurer Penny Spirou: treasurer@iaspm.org.au.

Conference Proceedings
IASPM-ANZ endeavours to publish a peer-reviewed proceedings for each annual conference. This year, we encourage the submission of papers that are in keeping with the theme, with the view to have a cohesive collection. All papers will undergo rigorous review in order to produce a quality publication. Submissions must follow the stylistic conventions for Harvard, and observe a maximum 4,000-word limit (including List of References).

More information about the submission process will be provided in due course.

Postgraduate Prize
Each year, IASPM-ANZ awards one postgraduate presenter with the IASPM-ANZ Postgraduate Prize for the best paper. The $250 AUD prize is determined by a panel of established IASPM members. Please indicate your interest in applying when you submit your abstract.

Eligibility: To be considered for this prize, you must be currently enrolled as a postgraduate student, and be a financial member. Past winners are ineligible for future prizes.

For queries regarding the conference please contact the conference convener in the first instance, or the IASPM-ANZ Chair:

Convener, Dr Michelle Phillipov
University of Tasmania

IASPM-ANZ Chair, Dr Shelley Brunt
RMIT University