CFP: Special Journal Issue – “Playing Together, Playing Alone: Music and Connection”

Following from the successful IASPM-ANZ conference held at the Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, in December 2018, we are collating papers for a special journal issue that addresses the theme of Playing Together, Playing Alone: Music and Connection.

Music exists in and connects all aspects of our lives. When we listen to music, it provides us with company through our connection with the artists, performers, and personae (Moore 2012); we feel connected to others when music is part of a ritual or celebration; when we play music together, we are connected to those around us (Turino 2008); drawing on Frith (1996), we connect ourselves to music as a means of playing with and shaping our identities. Further to this, when music is connected with other media, such as film or video games, we open up the possibility of playing with meanings and intertextual references. In this sense, music connects to what Henry Jenkins et al (2005, 2013) refer to as participatory cultures and transmedia storytelling,
At the same time, music disconnects people. If music is a marker of who we are and what we represent, then playing music can disconnect us from those who do not share the same identities. There is also a certain ambivalence in the notion of musical “play” – who gets to play? Who does not? What enables some, and not others, to join the game? What are the rules? And even though it is axiomatic to state that we are more connected than ever through technological advancements, the same technology can distance us – we can now inhabit branded personal silos of musical taste through Spotify and other apps (Morris & Powers 2015); we can listen in our own headphone worlds or ‘privatised auditory bubbles’ (Bull 2005); we can create music without ever having to leave a room and engage others.

With these ideas in mind, we are seeking papers that speak to the following questions:


  • Ritual: how is music used in rituals to foster connections between people?
  • Affect: what do we feel connected to through music? What do we feel when we are connected to music?
  • Politics and identity: how does music connect large groups of people through shared identities and ideologies? How is/has music been used to separate and marginalize groups of people?
  • Connection and technology: how does technology facilitate new connections between listeners? How does technology facilitate new connections between performers and creators? How does technology preclude connections between people?
  • Music Making: how does playing and participating in music connect people? What are the boundaries and requirements for people to participate?
  • Time: how does music forge connections across historical eras for performers, in terms of tribute acts, homage, or pastiche? Or for listeners, in terms of memory and nostalgia?
  • Historiography: what are the historical dimensions and factors in considering notions of music, play, and connection? How are the ways that we create connections through music now different to those five years ago? Or fifty years ago? What might musical connections look like in the future?

If you’re interested in contributing, email an abstract of no more than 350 words in PDF format to the editors. Please include the article title and describe your research question, approach and argument. Please include a brief biography in the body of your email. Biographies can be up to 75 words and should include your institutional affiliation and research interests. Full articles should be 5000 words (plus bibliography). All articles will be double-blind refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition)

Abstract deadline: 8 November 2019

Please send to:

Editors: Matthew Bannister, Nick Braae, Ben Green and Megan Rogerson-Berry.

Call for Papers 2017 IASPM-ANZ Conference: Mixing Pop and Politics

Mixing Pop and Politics: Subversion, Resistance and Reconciliation in Popular Music
IASPM-ANZ 2017 Conference
December 4-6, 2017
Massey University, Wellington, Aotearoa/New ZealandForty years ago, the story goes, punk broke. Not for the first time, and not the last. History provides us with ample examples of the power of popular music to speak to, through, and against various political moments. The contemporary situation also offers countless opportunities to explore how popular music revisits, reconstitutes, rewrites and reconciles itself to this past. At the same time, it also points to new directions informed by the complicated position popular music occupies in relation to the shifting paradigms of power in which we currently find ourselves. This IASPM-ANZ conference aims to explore the complex politics of resistance, subversion, containment and reconciliation from now and then, as well as points in-between.
We are seeking papers and panel proposals that touch on, but are not restricted to, the following areas:• (We’re) Stranded: Punk and Post-Punk in Australia, New Zealand and Beyond
• I Will Survive: The Politics of Pleasure and Popular Music
• You Don’t Own Me: Cultivating, Codifying and Commodifying Resistance
• You’ve Got the Power: Populism, Authoritarianism, Anarchy and Popular Music
• This Machine Kills Fascists: Technologies, Politics and Popular Music
• The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Popular Music on Screen(s)
• Here’s Where The Story Ends: Alternate Histories of Popular Music
• Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: Of DJs, Dancefloors and Discos
• We Are the Robots: Resistant, Reconciled, Reconstituted, Recombinant Bodies in Popular Music
• If You’re Feeling Sinister: Affect, Emotion and the Subversive Power of Popular Music
• Playing With a Different Sex: Otherness and Othering in Popular Music
• A Whisper to a Scream: Silence, Distortion, Amplification and the Politics of SoundAbstracts should be no more than 250 words, and should include 3-5 keywords. Please submit abstracts in doc, docx, rtf format, and send as “last” to
Deadline for abstract submission: June 1st 2017.
All participants must be members of IASPM. If you are not a member, details on how to join are available here:
We encourage all members of IASPM-International to consider attending.
Best regards from the organising committee,
Kim Cannady (Victoria University)
Olivia Lucas (Victoria University)
Norman Meehan (Massey University)
Geoff Stahl (Victoria University)
Oli Wilson (Massey University)

IASPM-ANZ 2012 Conference

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Abstract now due by 28 May 2012.

Call for papers
Shifting Sounds: Musical Flow
IASPM-ANZ 2012 Conference
University of Tasmania, Hobart
5-7 December 2012

We are delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2012 annual conference of IASPM-ANZ. This year, the conference will be organized by Dr Michelle Phillipov, and held at the University of Tasmania. We are pleased to stage our annual event in Hobart in keeping with the rotating conference schedule of Australia and New Zealand locations. Continue reading “IASPM-ANZ 2012 Conference”

SYMPOSIUM: Spanish musics and their [Western] Others: Negotiating identity and exoticism

Friday 7 – Saturday 8 December 2012

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Western Music and entertainment have drawn on features of Spanish music and dance since at least the Napoleonic wars. In turn, constructions of musical exoticism based on Hispanic tropes have informed different manifestations of Spanish musical nationalism, as well as regional and popular musics of Spain. These “Spanish” musical identities have evolved and been reconfigured according to the dictates of competing cultural, political and social factors, yet Spain’s unique position and its enactment of cultural identity cannot easily be reconciled within current narratives of musical nationalism and exoticism. Continue reading “SYMPOSIUM: Spanish musics and their [Western] Others: Negotiating identity and exoticism”

Inaugural Celebrity Studies Conference

Call for papers
December 12-14th 2012
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Deadline for abstracts and panels: March 5th 2012 (individual papers: 500words, +50 word bio; and for 3x person panels: panel title, lead/contact person; 3x 500 word abstracts, plus 3x individual 50 word biographies)

Successful abstracts notified by: 6th April

Enquiries/abstracts to:

Conference Website:

Sponsored by the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, Deakin University Continue reading “Inaugural Celebrity Studies Conference”