Popular Music Studies: Where Now?, IASPM UK and Ireland Conference 2002
Newcastle, July 2002
IASPM UK and Ireland Conference 2002 University of Newcastle, 16-18 July 'Popular Music Studies: Where Now?' Popular music studies is now a firmly established academic discipline. In particular, the work of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music has facilitated the emergence of a global community of researchers whose work illustrates the central importance of popular music in relation to a range of social formations and cultural forms in both global and local contexts. Recent developments in popular music studies relate, for example, to the complex interplay between global and local music-making practices, the impact of new technologies, and the variety of ways of interpreting the music in the context both of cultural change and numerous theoretical debates. Despite this high level of activity, however, the extent of dialogue between academic researchers, creative practitioners, and music educators remains disappointing. The aims of the conference will be to reflect on the issues outlined above, and to offer thoughts on the questions where popular music studies is now, and where it is going (or ought to go). We are interested both in general theoretical reflections and in concrete studies which illustrate the arguments. We anticipate grouping discussions into the following areas: 1 Popular music: commerce, creativity and cultural policy How is 'creativity' to be defined and promoted in this sphere? Political, geographical and institutional considerations are all relevant, together with issues of censorship, market pressures and generic convention, not to mention philosophical considerations to do with taste, identity and agency. 2 Teaching popular music How do/should schools and FE/HE institutions approach this? What issues to do with pedagogy, sociological categories, aesthetics and canons are involved? 3 Understanding Popular Music What methods are now used, or may be considered for use, in the study of popular music? What topics or areas of research are useful, or might be considered for use? Theoretical papers and concrete applications are equally welcome. Proposals which do not appear to fit neatly into the above categories but which break new ground are also welcome. Form of papers The standard format is the twenty-minute paper. However, proposals for panel discussions, workshops, and poster presentations are also welcome. Deadline for proposals Proposals for individual presentations, of not more than 300 words, and for group activities, of not more than 500 words, should be submitted to Richard Middleton by 1 March 2002. Please include full contact details with your proposal, which should preferably be sent by e-mail, to firstname.lastname@example.org (attachments should be sent in RTF or some other generic format). If e-mail is impossible, the postal address is: Professor Richard Middleton, Department of Music, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK. Anyone wishing to register for the conference should contact Richard Middleton for a Registration Form.