We are pleased to announce the launch of the online peer-reviewed journal Transposition – musique et sciences sociales No. 9 – “Music and Sexuality”, with contributions by Marion Brachet, Chiharu Chûjô, Aurore Flamion, Clara Wartelle-Sakamoto, Toby Young, Charlotte Vaillot Knudsen, Tia DeNora and Annegret Fauser. The issue aims to explore the seldom studied connections between music and sexuality, the relationship of sound and music to sex and desire. We also invite you to discover an interview with the argentine company Opera Queerand 23 book reviews of recent publications in musicology and social sciences. And popular music studies: https://journals.openedition.org/transposition/?lang=en
Wishing you a good read,
Esteban Buch, Violeta Nigro Giunta (eds.)
All the best,
Sarah, for the editorial team of Transposition
We are pleased to announce the conference, “Progect Network 2021: Towards a Contemporary Understanding of Progressive Rock and Metal,” to be held on May 19-20-21 and 26-27-28.
This conference is hosted VIRTUALLY by Lori Burns at the University of Ottawa. Free registration and the full program are available at the conference website: https://progectconference2.wixsite.com/website-5
The Journal of Popular Music Studies (JPMS) is accepting applications for two co-editors to begin three-year terms on July 1, 2021. JPMS, published on behalf of the United States branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US), is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to research on popular music throughout the world, approached from a variety of positions. Published four times a year, each issue features essays and reviews, as well as roundtables and creative works inspired by popular music. https://online.ucpress.edu/jpms
LGBTQ+ Music Study Group
Are you a student or early career researcher with some ideas about queer musicology you would like to share? Then, we’d love to hear from you!
The LGBTQ+ Music Study Group is currently looking for new submissions for our online blog. Submissions can take the form of an essay or any other sort of creative response such as a video essay, a composition, a poem, or a piece of creative non-fiction. We want to uplift the new and exciting voices in the field of queer and trans music studies, so if you have some thoughts to share, we would love to hear them! We especially welcome submissions from BIPOC scholars and musicians and those that address issues of race, ethnicity, and intersectionality.
Submissions are carefully peer-reviewed by an editing committee. For written submissions, we suggest a 1000 word-count, but the limits are truly endless! If you are interested, please send a 200-word abstract to email@example.com and we will get back to you shortly. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Call for papers: Music and Racism in Europe
Online Symposium, 21—22 October 2021
Race is among the most significant social categories that informs and organises understandings of music. Although there is an abundance of music research that deals with BIPOC minorities and, at least implicitly, also with race, few studies explicitly address how processes of for example racialisation, essentialisation,appropriation and exclusion in music and music research can effectively be categorised as racist. However, recently there has been an increasing interest also in the issue of racism in the field of music and music scholarship and this international online symposium seeks to bring together researchers across disciplines to discussmusic and racism particularly as it relates to Europe.
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of TRANS-Revista Transcultural de Música, in this case volume 24, corresponding to the year 2020. It includes a special dossier on “Music, Sound and Culture in Central America”, edited by Antonio Monte Casablanca (Free University of Berlin), Amanda Minks (University of Oklahoma) and Helga Zambrano (University of California – Los Angeles).
In the words of the editors, this volume “aims to integrate the Central American region into current academic knowledge and debates around the categories of music, sound and orality, particularly from the different points of view of the humanities and social sciences.” Beyond the intrinsic quality and interest of each of the articles, this collection, as a whole, reveals the rich (ethno)musicological thinking of a region that perhaps has not received due attention from music and sound studies. The publication of this special issue also responds to the Ibero-American vocation of TRANS-Revista Transcultural de Música, the flagship journal of SIBE, the Spanish Society for Ethnomusicology. The issue is completed with the usual section of reviews.
Join us for an interactive Popular Music Studies Research Day with renowned speakers Laina Dawes, Steve Waksman and Paula Wolfe to discuss: what it means to be a black artist, the advent of arena rap, and the poetry of the recording studio.
Fugitive Ontology and Black Static: Afro-Pessimism vs. Afro-Futurism in Popular Music Laina Dawes: Columbia University. Author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal (Bazillion Points)
Rock, Rap, and Race in the U.S. Concert Industry Steve Waksman: Smith College. Author of Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience (Harvard University Press) and This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (University of California Press)
Songwriting, Music Production, Self-Production: Locating the Emotion, Maintaining the Objective, Positioning Genre Paula Wolfe: Author of Women in the studio: creativity, control and gender in popular music sound production (Routledge)
Time, place and registration
Tuesday 25 May 2021, 1-5 pm London time
Zoom (details on registration)
With apologies for cross-posting: Jonas Menze and I are pleased to be able to announce that our latest book, Gear Acquisition Syndrome – Consumption of Instruments and Technology in Popular Music, featuring a foreword by Steve Waksman, has been published today. Scholars interested in how musicians acquire, use, collect and regard musical equipment as part of their extended selves, essential for their music-making, may find it a stimulating and enjoyable read.
The book is available as a free, downloadable open access eBook here: https://unipress.hud.ac.uk/plugins/books/27/
Gear Acquisition Syndrome, also known as GAS, is commonly understood as the musicians’ unrelenting urge to buy and own instruments and equipment as an anticipated catalyst of creative energy and bringer of happiness. For many musicians, it involves the unavoidable compulsion to spend money one does not have on gear perhaps not even needed. The urge is directed by the belief that acquiring another instrument will make one a better player.
This book pioneers research into the complex phenomenon named GAS from a variety of disciplines, including popular music studies and music technology, cultural and leisure studies, consumption research, sociology, psychology and psychiatry. The newly created theoretical framework and empirical studies of online communities and offline music stores allow the study to consider musical, social and personal motives, which influence the way musicians think about and deal with equipment. As is shown, GAS encompasses a variety of practices and psychological processes. In an often life-long endeavour, upgrading the rig is accompanied by musical learning processes in popular music.
Dear Friends, we would like to invite you to our conference: “Regional Experiences and External Influences: Reclaiming Identities by Popular Music in the Digital Era“. The event will take place on the 16-17th September 2021 in Toruń (Poland). The registration is open now! We will be waiting for your abstracts (approx. 500 words) until June 15.
The main objective of the conference is to exchange the experiences of studying popular music regional scenes. Such panorama tends to functionally and structurally reflect the specific and diversified character of cultural regionalism itself, including music and its social functions. We shall examine local popular music scenes in three varied but overlapping perspectives located mainly in the fields of musicology, sociology, anthropology, literary studies, cultural studies, political science, but we do not limit the academic areas of research. Thus, the experts of the enumerated fields covering the research on popular music are welcome.
Check out the full call for papers on our website https://bit.ly/3tnUnOR.
The event is organised by International Association for the Study of Popular Music and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.
Any questions? Ask us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward for your submissions!
IASPM-Norden Roundtable 4
The Future(s) of Popular Music Scholarship in the Nordic Region
April 24, 5:15pm?6:15pm, CET
Zoom-meeting link: https://uniarts.zoom.us/j/66450612073
This roundtable seeks to continue discussion on the state and prospects of popular music scholarship in the Nordic region. It does so by focusing on the anticipated directions and trajectories within the field, whetherreactionary or progressive, and their socio-political foundations. What is likely to change in popular music scholarship and what is not; what are the possible and probable unifying tendencies and what in turn the divisive ones; what does the future hold for different generations of popular music scholars; and what might be decidedly Nordic in these developments? The Nordic branch of IASPM has assembled a roundtable of three experienced scholars to address these and similar issues. The roundtable will begin with short remarks from each of the invited speakers, leaving plenty of time for discussion.
This roundtable is the fourth in a series of online meetings, organized by IASPM-Norden, taking place over the course of the winter and spring 2021. The events will not be regular research presentations, but instead seek to start conversations that address pressing questions in Nordic popular music scholarship, pedagogy, cultural policy, and beyond.