CALL FOR PAPERS
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.
Call for Chapters
Popular Music Songwriting as Cultural, Creative, and Economic Practice
Yearbook ‘Lied und Populäre Kultur / Song and Popular Culture’ of the Centre for Popular Culture and Music, Vol. 69 (2024), ed. by Michael Ahlers, Jan-Peter Herbst, and Knut Holtsträter.
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.
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).
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.
6th Conference of the Centre for Study of Popular Culture
Exploration of Class, Distinction, and Habitus in Popular Culture of Central and Eastern Europe
Conference organised by the Centre for the Study of Popular Culture, Charles University and the German Historical Institute in Warsaw
27–29 October 2023, Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers: Punk Symposium in Berlin, 22 September 2023
in cooperation with the international Punk Scholars Network
PANK! – (German) language in zines, punk art and punk rock
„Haste ’ne Macke?!“ (Engl. „you nuts?!“) – That is how Nina Hagen begins her song “Pank”, which she recorded in 1978, self-ironically written the way Germans usually pronounce the English word “Punk”. Youth slang, everyday language, humor, and directness characterize early German punk songs in the late 1970s—a departure from internationalized and slick mainstream pop lines à la ABBA. Political communication was also further radicalized in German punk rock. When the Hamburg band Slime loudly postulated in 1980 that they didn’t want any „Bullenschweine“ (Engl. “bull pigs”) and thus polemically commented on the constant confrontation between law enforcement and punks from their point of view, the 10-year-old slogans of radical left-wing bands like Ton Steine Scherben seemed almost well-behaved. Back to the concrete, back to reality, namely the low, grim, and dreary reality—but this reality is then, in turn, violently and solemnly torn apart. A graphic equivalent of this frenzy of expression can be found in the fanzines of the time—Do It Yourself (DIY) magazines in self-publication, made possible by the spread of the photocopier—which also turn the tables with ironic wit, chaotic layout, and humorous appropriation of the narrow-mindedness in contemporary German advertising.
The 14th International Music Business Research Days 2023
Towards Sustainability in Music Business?
Balancing new business models, changing labor conditions and new competences.
November 1-3, University of Agder, Department of Popular Music, Kristiansand, Norway
Call For Papers
Music business, and the frameworks and dynamics of the music industries, continue to develop and change, with new digital innovations, new formats, new business models and new content being created. It is nothing new that music business operates within changing economic- and technological framework conditions – these are perhaps more to be considered inherent features rather than substantial shifts. Nonetheless, these changes need to be continually addressed and critically discussed.
Barbarian Pipes and Strings Reconsidered — Negotiating Authenticity in the Musics of China: Transcultural Perspectives
25th International CHIME Conference, Heidelberg CATS, October 1-4, 2023
Exactly 25 years after the last International Chime Conference in Heidelberg that focused on “Barbarian Pipes and Strings,” we return to the city by the Neckar and the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) that now houses the CHIME Collection to reconsider musical practices in China from a transcultural perspective.
Global Hip Hop Reading Room (GHHRR) is an all-online and informal reading group for hip hop lovers, academics, and practitioners to discuss texts on all facets of hip hop culture. Having previously been a one time zone group, we are now a two time zone group to cater towards more of the academic community outside the Anglophone world. The upcoming reading group will be held on May 3 at 11:30 am EST and May 24 at 3 pm Sydney time.
For more information, see our website at
We also have a special event on May 15th at 1 pm BST where Dr. J. Griffith Rollefson of the CIPHER project will be presenting the organization to us.
We will also have a relaxed session on June 7th at 12 pm EST, where we will listen to music. This is, however, subject to change in terms of timing and date for the month.