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ĦQue Viva la Musica Popular!
International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Biennial Conference

Mexico City, Mexico, June 25-29, 2007

Call for Papers

In keeping with the increasingly broad scope of popular music studies, the Executive welcomes papers based on any disciplinary approach, including musicology, semiotics, philosophical/cognitive studies, anthropology, gender and cultural studies, sociology, literary criticism, etc. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, and should include the following: Paper Title Surname, First Name Institution Email Address Intended Stream The conference organizers would ask that you provide three to five keywords in order to help facilitate the organization of the schedule. Deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2006. Abstracts should be sent to the following address: *NB: When attaching abstracts, please send as both an .rtf and .doc. Please use your surname as the file name, eg: stahl.rtf, stahl.doc. The streams for this conference are as follows: 1. Songs of Desire Convenor: Franco Fabbri Feelings, emotions, passion are at the same time the subject of many popular songs (content), the factors that influence how subjects are articulated (expression), the shared competence within a genre or across genres (code). Affect in popular music is coded/decoded by the mind, interpreted by the body, predominantly mediated by the voice. This stream welcomes papers based on any disciplinary approach (musicology, semiotics, philosophical/cognitive studies, anthropology, gender and cultural studies, sociology, literary criticism, etc.) approaching song (individual songs, genres, idiolects) as the meeting point of thought and feelings, the body, the human voice, for any purpose and project. 2. Performance Convenor: Shane Homan Musical performance remains one of the central rituals and pleasures of popular music. This stream invites consideration of understandings of performance within a range of cultures and contexts, including the re-evaluation of .classic. performances on the stage or screen that continue to inform contemporary practices and histories; debates about repetition and improvisation; or performance within multimedia environments, and the implications for the presentation and reception of the musical text in relation to particular discourses of authenticity. We welcome papers on the cover, tribute, or interpretation that investigates performing the "original", or contributions to debates about stage virtuosity, including understandings of musical skills, training and creativity. Discussions can extend to how famous musicians .perform. their celebrity roles in a variety of industry and media contexts; or how audiences "perform" subcultures or fandom roles; or take on the role of "performer" themselves. 3. Technology & Industry Convenor: Martha Tupinambá de Ulhôa The use of the phonogram, the disc, the tape, and now the computer archive has changed enormously the way people produce and listen to music. Music technology has even blurred the distinction between the spheres of music production and consumption, as well as the notions of authorship and performance. Also the music industry has had to adapt to new ways of consumption that bypass its control, as the debate on copyright and the release of "historical" performances transfers is showing. This stream welcomes papers dealing with the technological impact on popular music practices, including studio, live and even private popular music production and consumption questions from cultural, aesthetic, ideological, economic, sociological, historical, legal or musicological perspectives. 4. Nation, Region, City Convenor: Michael Drewett This stream is concerned with popular music meanings which are specifically located within the context of space and place, whether on the local, national, global or glocal level, including the role of music in urban and suburban structures, in the construction of national identities and policies and in place-related practices of domination and resistance, such as post-colonial struggle. Papers that place particular emphasis upon the spatial dynamics of popular music are welcomed. 5. Popular and Unpopular Musics Convenor: Geoff Stahl The notion of "the popular" can be cast in multiple ways. The meaning and uses to which "the popular" is put means different things with regard to taste, musicians, the industry, governments, etc. The notion of what constitutes popularity and what that popularity may mean is fraught and contested in a number of fields, whereby the production, distribution and consumption of music can become the locus of many different kinds of struggles. This stream is designed to take up many of these issues, considering the different resonances of "the popular" (and by inference its so-called opposite, "the unpopular").
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