Call for Papers 2016 IASPM-ANZ Conference: Isolated Musics, Connected Musics

Call for Papers

2016 IASPM-ANZ Conference: Isolated Musics, Connected Musics

7-9 December 2016, CQUniversity Mackay 

Music exists within space as social practice. In the past, music traditions have been embedded within geographical place; however increasingly we regard distance and space differently than in the past. How do popular musics interact with space? What does the concept of distance or nearness mean in globally connected or disconnected music cultures? What does the advent of technology for ameliorating distance mean for the concept of distance, eg. urban/country, near/far, amateur/professional.

This conference invites papers on this theme. This may include (but is not limited to):

•  Geographical distance

•  Urban vs. rural space

•  Musical place vs. musical space

•  Personal space vs. communal space

•  Social and economic distance

  Regional versus metropolitan

•  Amateur space

•  Professional space

•  Islandness versus mainland

•  Performance spaces

•  Virtual distance and social media

•  Temporal distance

•  Aesthetic distance

•  Sonic distance and cultures

•  Spaces and distances of intimacy

•  Connection with audiences

•  Existential distances

We welcome papers of 20 minutes’ duration (plus 10 minutes for discussion). Members are also invited to submit proposals for panel presentations.

Abstracts may be submitted at

The organising committee may be contacted at

About the Conference

The conference will take place at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music at CQUniversity‘s Ooralea campus in Mackay. Mackay is in Central Queensland at the southern tip of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. Accommodation is offered on-campus, or is available nearby.

Call for papers due: 31 May 2016

Dr David Cashman, CQUniversity

Professor Phil Hayward, UTS/Southern Cross University

Dr Eve Klein, University of Queensland

Dr Natalie Lewandowski, Griffith University

Conference Organising Committee