Department of Music

Broadening the Playlists: Popular Musics in Dialogue
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US Branch) Annual Conference
Los Angeles, September 2003

Call for Papers
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US Branch)
Annual Conference 2003
Date: September 18 - 21, 2003
Location:  University of California, Los Angeles

Broadening the Playlists:   Popular Musics in Dialogue

"Popular music" means many things to many people.  For example, is it rock
music?  Is it the music of folk or ethnic cultures?  Is it the music heard
on increasingly corporate radio?  Is it film music, or "ubiquitous music?"  
How does jazz integrate into our conception of popular music?  Similarly,
popular music is sometimes defined in relation to classical music or other
forms of music constructed as esoteric or targeted to specific taste or
cultural cohorts (for example, revival-era folk music); that is, popular
music is viewed as more accessible to less discerning masses.  This
conference will explore the myriad global and local definitions and
implications of the term "popular music," as incorporated in its styles,
genres, audiences, to name just a few of its many valences.

We are particularly interested in work that explores how and why something
becomes popular in any national or cultural context, be it classical
"pops," film music, salsa, reggae, marching band music, rock, disco or the
many other forms that popular music takes.  Our aim is to put various
expressions of popular music in dialogue in order to better understand
popular music as a broad and varied form of musical expression. We also
seek to interrogate the aesthetic, political, and social constructions of
the "popular," the processes by which forms of music emerge or re-emerge
into public consciousness, and how and why they work on an affective

We invite papers that grapple with the meanings and definitions of popular
music, especially those that go beyond a consideration of rock music as
popular music.  Papers based upon the conference theme are preferred, but
we welcome papers that deal with any aspect of popular music.  Cultural,
historical, musicological, interdisciplinary, sociological and other
methodological perspectives are welcome.  Abstracts are due June 1, 2003.  
E-mail submissions preferred.

Please send abstracts to the Program Chair, Norma Coates, ,
or if necessary, via snail mail:

Dr. Norma Coates
Department of Communications
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI  53190

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