Call for Papers:

Feminist Theory and Music (FT&M) 17 on the theme of “Urgency”

Conference Dates: June 20-22, 2024 Location: University of Michigan @ Ann Arbor

We acknowledge that the University of Michigan resides on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg – The Three Fire Confederacy of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, as well as the Wyandot Nation.

Abstract Submission Date:

All proposals should be submitted on or before 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on November 30, 2023 to:

Conference Theme:

Now in its third decade, the Feminist Theory & Music Conference highlights work at the intersections of gender, sexuality, and music. Building on the previous conference’s theme of “Connections,” the 2024 conference seeks to leverage those relationships and connections to interrogate questions of urgency. “Urgency” here can refer to the immediacy of our contemporary political and historical moment, and our need to respond thoughtfully but without hesitation. We also use “urgency” to evoke the false sense of immediacy often imposed within institutions–such as the neoliberal university–that demands so much of our time and labor. We imagine this gathering as a space to come together to amplify issues of urgency across our various home

disciplines. We hope that this conference theme will offer pathways out of the isolation that many minoritized scholars can feel as we struggle with urgency on our campuses, in our positions, in our daily lives, our communities, and practice and research. The conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Nancy Rao, author of Chinatown Opera Theater in North America (Illinois University Press, 2017), and an afternoon concert with pianist Ellen Rowe drawing on her recent project, “Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion” (2019).

The program committee welcomes proposals for presentations that explore topics that include (but are not limited to):

●   Music related to the urgency of the current political moment, nationally and globally;

●   Increasing anti-LGBTQ, especially anti-trans, legislation and musical responses;

●   Threats to bodily autonomy and reproductive justice in a post-Roe v. Wade U.S;

●   Antiracism, Black Lives Matter, and accompanying movements

●   Recent Supreme Court rulings on Affirmative Action and the future of higher education;

●   Employing feminist theories in music in the classroom, research, communities, and institutions;

●   Music and expressions of toxic masculinity, Trumpism, and their alternatives;

●   Academic and other labor movements as feminist movements;

●   Locally-grounded topics of music, activism, and history pertinent to the Ann Arbor or Metro Detroit area; and,

●   Reaching across borders, building bridges, finding commonalities, and honoring differences.

We are inviting participants to present their work in person or via Zoom.

Proposal Guidelines:

We invite submissions from artists, activists, and scholars at any stage of their careers, including undergraduate and graduate students, and especially encourage submissions from people working outside of the academy. We welcome proposals for a range of presentation formats, including (but not limited to):

●   Individual Papers (20 minutes) ○ 250-word abstract

●   Themed Panels of Papers (90 to 120 minutes) ○ 250-word abstract plus ~150-word abstracts from each proposed participant

●   Performances or Lecture-Demonstrations (45 minutes) ○ 250-word abstract

●   Workshops (45 or 90 minutes) ○ 250-word abstracts

●   Roundtable Conversations (90 minutes) ○ 250-word roundtable abstract plus ~150-word abstracts from each proposed participant

●   Seminars with Pre-Conference Circulation of Materials (90 minutes) ○ 250-word seminar abstract

Program Committee:

Lauron Kehrer, Chair (Western Michigan University)
Angelina Gibson, Assistant to the Committee Chair (University of Michigan)

Christopher Cayari (Purdue University)
Leah Claiborne (University of the District of Columbia)
Kate Galloway (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Vivian Luong (University of Oklahoma)

FT&M on Social Media:

Facebook: Feminist Theory and Music
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Conference Website:

CfP: Symposium on International Music Festivals, TUoS


“Social Inclusion, Community, and Belonging at International Music Festivals”

The University of Sheffield, 13-14 June 2024 

Festivals play important and diverse roles in communities and societies around the world. International music festivals which bring together performers from different places and cultural backgrounds have emerged in response to processes of mobility, migration, multiculturalism and transnationalism. This symposium explores the impacts of international music festivals and considers their implications for social inclusion, community, and belonging. We hope that participants will gain new perspectives on the issues affecting festivals today and share ideas about their future possibilities.

The symposium will take place at the University of Sheffield, 13-14 JUNE 2024. It is hosted in partnership with Migration Matters Festival, which celebrates the diversity of Sheffield through the performing arts. This festival will provide a vibrant setting for our conversations on the significance of festivals locally and globally.

The symposium welcomes anyone with an interest in festivals, including scholars, performing artists, event organisers, campaigners, etc. We invite proposals for papers, workshops, roundtables, posters, and presentations in any other format. Proposals on any topic related to international music festivals will be considered, but we especially welcome submissions that explore one or more of the following themes:

  • Social inclusion, community, belonging.
  • Migration, multiculturalism, postcolonialism, diaspora.
  • Nationalism, transnationalism, neoliberalism.
  • Place making, tourism, heritage.
  • Diplomacy, activism.
  • Ecology, sustainability, climate justice.
  • Practice research, participatory/collaborative methods.
  • Online festivals.

Registration for the symposium is FREE, thanks to support from the UKRI Knowledge Exchange Higher Education Innovation Fund. This is primarily an in-person event in Sheffield, but we will support a limited number of participants who are unable to travel to Sheffield due to travel, health or funding restrictions to present online and take part virtually.

The deadline for proposals is 15 DECEMEBER 2023. Please send the following information to

  • 200–300 words abstract for paper proposals; max 1 page outlining the aims, methods and duration of the session for workshops or other formats. Presentations should be delivered in either English or Spanish.
  • 50–100 words personal biography highlighting relevant activities and experience.
  • Institutional affiliation (if applicable) and contact information.
  • Please state whether you would prefer to attend in person in Sheffield or contribute online. Please note that online presentations will be required to record their presentations in advance of the symposium and be present virtually to take part in the discussion following their presentation. If you have any access needs, please let us know and we will do our best to meet them.

Thank you in advance for your proposals, we look forward to reading them! If you have any questions about the symposium, please contact:

IASPM Investigation outcome comms

Dear colleagues,

I am writing with regards to the investigation into allegations of sexual assault against members of IASPM. The investigation has concluded.

In line with our new Code of Conduct, members of the IASPM Executive considered the final investigation reports, as well as supporting evidence. As a result of that process, I can confirm the organisation has taken the following action:

  • Two former members of IASPM have been permanently excluded from the organisation.
  • One member of IASPM has been notified of organisational instruments and behaviour expectations. Their ongoing membership of IASPM is contingent on their confirmation that they have reviewed and understand those instruments.
  • Two complainants have been offered ongoing support.

Due to privacy and confidentiality, I am unable to provide further details.

I would like to thank the investigation team and IASPM Executive for their professionalism and due diligence in managing this process. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the membership for their patience during what has been an unprecedented time for the organisation. I am confident that the organisational change work we have undertaken during the last year will serve as strong preventative measures into the future.

We will continue our work to ensure IASPM is a safe and inclusive space for all members.

Finally, I ask that members respect the outcome of this investigation and refrain from naming individuals, either on the mailing list or on social media. Please refer to our attached Social Media Policy for further information.



Cfp: Home, Work and Music: Musical Practices in Domestic Spaces

“Home, Work and Music: Musical Practices in Domestic Spaces”

22 – 23 February 2024
mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Fanny Hensel-Hall

Call for Papers
What does it mean to make and perform music in the home? Home, Work and Music explores issues and debates centred around music in domestic spaces. It will showcase current research on the empirical, methodological and theoretical implications of centring the domestic in music research. 

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Cfp: The Oxford Handbook of Pop Music

Call for Chapter Proposals, The Oxford Handbook of Pop Music, edited by Eric Weisbard

Proposals now due: August 15, 2023

Pop music, by definition, is commercial music: motivated by profit more than artistry, seeking a mainstream appeal that forbids fussiness about aesthetic absolutes. This resistance to firm definition has affected music writing. Jazz criticism, rock criticism, and rap criticism reflected genre communities debating standards. Popular music studies preferred scenes, subcultures, and other margins that at times crashed the charts. Sound studies almost left music behind altogether. There is no precise field of pop studies to glean from. Nevertheless, for 20-plus years now the Pop Conference has featured hundreds of writers pursuing pop across numerous topics and methods. And a phrase has circulated, “poptimism,” disposed to correct for the biases of “rockism.” The Oxford Handbook of Pop Music will build upon these significant beginnings. 

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Cfp: Progressive Rock: Beyond Time, Genre, Geography…


Progressive Rock: Beyond Time, Genre, Geography…

The 6th Biennial International Conference 

of the Project Network for Studies of Progressive Rock

5-7 SEPTEMBER 2024

The Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow (POLAND)

The central idea for the Conference would be to combine creatively the two temporal dimensions in which Progressive Rock can be interpreted today: the past – from its genesis and original definitions through an analysis of the PROG classics to an attempt to read it anew; and the future – from meta-genre fusions to a critical post-progressive current. Hence, we suggest several subjects to be chosen by the participants and specific scopes to be included.

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Cfp: Unheard Melodies: Towards A Global Musicology of boys love Media

Call for Papers 

Unheard Melodies: Towards A Global Musicology of boys love Media 

What implications does the study of music, broadly defined, have for boys love media in Asia and beyond? The potential for comprehensive engagement appears vast in theory, but practical exploration remains somewhat limited. This prospective collection of essays aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice by delving into an otherwise relatively unexplored terrain. By examining the intricate dynamics between music and boys love media, encompassing visual, textual, audiovisual elements, and more, our mission is to shed light on the profound influence music exerts on narrative, aesthetics, and emotional expressions. While the amalgamation of music and popular media in the Asian context offers fertile ground for scholarly inquiry, the specific realm of boys love media remains noticeably absent from existing musicological scholarship. Through thoughtful research and an interdisciplinary approach, we warmly invite scholars, researchers, and experts to contribute studies that unravel the intricate connections between music and boys love media. Expanding on themes such as the narrative functions of music, portrayals of musical performances, the symbolic and metaphorical dimensions of music, and the affective and expressive currents in auditory, sonic, and queer contexts, this collection aspires to establish a robust foundation for exploring musicology within the diverse manifestations of boys love media across the expansive Asian landscape and beyond. 

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IASPM XXII (Minneapolis) Registration

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).

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Associate Editor for Journal of World Popular Music 

Call for Applications 

Associate Editor for Journal of World Popular Music 

The editorial team of JWPM seeks to appoint an Associate Editor to support the editing and production of articles and special issues covering world popular music in all its forms and from a variety of academic and other perspectives. JWPM publishes articles and special issues which respond to the latest releases in the fields of popular music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, musicology, cultural sociology, communication, media and cultural studies, and/or others. 

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