The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) 
11th Biannual IASPM Conference, July 6-10, 2001, Turku, Finland

Call for Papers
(For late proposals see below)

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead 

Popular Music Studies 20 Years Later

Since its first meeting in Amsterdam in 1981, IASPM has served as a hot house for thinking about popular music. We welcome work from every academic discipline, from journalists and public intellectuals, and from popular music makers. For this, our 20th anniversary conference, we especially invite proposals for work that addresses both gaps and developments in popular music studies since IASPM's inception. We are similarly interested in work that imagines possible futures for popular music studies.

This five-day conference will take us to the lovely city of Turku on Finland's West Coast, which is directly across the Baltic Sea from Stockholm. The conference will include five full days of talks, workshops, and discussions, with live music or deejays on several evenings. In addition, the host committee is working on planning outings of various sorts for the days immediately before and after the conference.

Each of the five days of the conference will have a specific theme. We especially encourage submissions of paper abstracts, panel proposals, workshops and roundtables addressed to these themes, which the committee has identified as central to the contemporary debates in the field.  They are:

Day 1 (July 6, 2001)
Spotlight on the Basics
Theory and Methodologies

Anahid Kassabian 


Day 2 (July 7, 2001)
Identities and Subjectivities

Sheila Whiteley 

Day 3 (July 8, 2001)
The Invisible Mainstream
Conservative, Ubiquitous and 'Popular' Musics

Keith Harris

Day 4 (July 9, 2001)
History in Progress
Shifting Strategies

Claire Levy

Day 5 (July 10, 2001)
Visions, Vanguards, Vehicles 
Technologies and Other Futures for Popular Music

Heinz-Peter Katlewski 

The Deadline for submission of proposals has already passed
Late proposals will be put on a waiting list, 
and will be considered for acceptance to replace withdrawals

Proposals should be 200-300 words, and include 

  • title

  • contact information 
    (, email and postal address)

  • theme resp. day that fits most closely to your interests

  • type of proposal 
    (For panel proposals, please be sure to include an abstract for each individual paper. For workshops, roundtables, or other formats, please describe how you propose to conduct the session as well as a full abstract describing the issues to be discussed)

 Except in the most extraordinary circumstances, 
submissions should be forwarded by e-mail to:

If e-mail is impossible, proposals can either be 
faxed to
Anahid Kassabian 
(+1-973-331-0865), or
posted to
Keith Harris
57 Goring Road
London, N11 2BT
United Kingdom

Curious on Turku? 

IASPM Norden ...

... and its members in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are inviting the international community of popular music students and scholars with an appetizing web site. 

Early in February also an early version of the conference programme will be published here:

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This page was updated on 11-December-2000
by Heinz-Peter Katlewski