What’s it worth? ‘Value’ and Popular Music

Call for papers
Abstract deadline extended to September 15

Annual Conference of IASPM-ANZ
International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Australia-New Zealand branch
27-29 November 2009

The theme of this year’s conference seeks to generate discussion and debate around the ‘value’ we ascribe to popular music(s). ‘Value’ relates to music as commodity and economic project, but social, cultural and aesthetic perspectives profoundly inform any measures or contentions of ‘value’. This theme is particularly timely given recent technological developments that are radically re-shaping the ways in which music is produced, distributed and consumed.

Topics for consideration could include:

  • Economic value of popular music – the music industry, technology, digital downloading, copyright laws, urban regeneration, tourism
  • Cultural/Social value of popular music – music in everyday life, subcultures, communities, traditional musics, politics, studying popular music
  • Artistic/Aesthetic value of popular music – history, composition, canons and counter-canons, authenticity, performance, genre, style

Any general papers in the study of popular music are also welcomed.

Abstract Submission
Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment (Word document, 12pt Times New Roman font) to Kirsten Zemke. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 15 Sept. 2009.
Please use your surname as the document title (for example “Zuberi.doc”). The abstracts will be reviewed by an IASPM-ANZ committee and successful applicants will be advised by email. Please include the following details (in this order):

1. Name of author(s) (as you would like it to appear in the programme)
2. Institution or affiliation (where applicable)
3. Contact phone numbers
4. Email address
5. Title of paper
6. Abstract (200-300 words)
7. Consideration for 2009 IASPM-ANZ postgraduate prize? (Yes/No)

IASPM-ANZ Postgraduate Prize
Each year, IASPM-ANZ awards one postgraduate presenter with the IASPM-ANZ Postgraduate Prize for the best paper. An independent panel of established members determines the AUD$100 prize. To be considered for this prize, you must be currently enrolled as a postgraduate student. Please indicate your interest in being considered for this prize when submitting your abstract.

Conference Grants for Postgraduates
Postgraduate students who will be presenting a paper at the conference may be eligible for a $100 grant to assist with travel and expenses. Please contact IASPM-ANZ treasurer Jennifer Cattermole to discuss your eligibility or to ask for further information.

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