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Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice

University of Huddersfield, UK

3rd-5th September 2018

This is a call for papers for a joint conference arranged by four organisations:

  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK & Ireland Branch (IASPM UK&I)
  • Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP)
  • Dancecult: Electronic Dance Music Culture Research Network
  • International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS)

Hosted by the University of Huddersfield, this event will combine the IASPM UK&I Biennial Conference, with the 13th Art of Record Production Conference (ARP), a conference of ISMMS, and feature the additional participation of Dancecult. The theme of the conference is Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Studies Theory and Practice.

A recurrent theme within popular music studies has been discussion of how the field can integrate different disciplines and professions, for example exploring both music and its context; involving both practitioners and researchers; and encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative work. Many different issues make such approaches challenging, and various different popular music focused subject organisations have developed somewhat independently of one another. This conference will bring four such groups together, to exchange knowledge, collaborate, and to encourage crosstalk.

Proposals for presentations, discussion panels and posters are invited that are relevant to recent developments in any of the subject organisations, especially those that explore theory and/or practice. Applications are particularly welcomed that cut across the interests of those involved, and that explore:

  • two of more of: popular music studies; electronic dance music cultures, metal; or record production
  • musicians and researchers
  • music and its contexts
  • popular music theory and practice
  • practice based or practice led research
  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • interprofessional research
  • issues relating to identity or ethnicity
  • gender or sexuality studies that reach across boundaries
  • political developments affecting multiple contexts
  • music industry developments affecting wider musical or cultural contexts
  • technological mediation
  • performative or embodied understandings

Other innovative proposals are welcome that are related to, but not limited to:

  • popular music studies and/or practice
  • record production (interpreted in the broadest sense): the relationships between the production of recorded music and for example practice, business, education, gender and diversity
  • metal music, practice and cultures
  • electronic dance music and its cultures

Organising committee:

IASPM UK&I: Rupert Till

ARP: Katia Isakoff, Shara Rambarran

ISMMS: Karl Spracklen

Dancecult: Graham St. John; Ed Montano

University of Huddersfield: Jan Herbst, Austin Moore, Lisa Colton, Toby Martin, Catherine Haworth, Mark Mynett