IASPM-ANZ Postgraduate Travel Grant – for Otago 2014 conference

IASPM-ANZ invites applications for travel grants to assist postgraduates in attending the 2014 annual conference in Dunedin. Up to three postgraduates will be awarded grants of up to $500 each.

To be eligible for the grant, postgraduates must have had a paper accepted for the conference, and must not be receiving any financial support from any institution to cover their attendance at the conference.

To apply for the grant, postgraduates are asked to supply the following:

  1. Evidence that they are not receiving support from their institutions
  2. A copy of their abstract for the conference and a copy of the letter of acceptance
  3. A one page (approx. 500 words) outline of their current research agenda, indicating how the paper they are presenting fits in with this

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the quality of the candidate’s abstract and research agenda, and the extent to which their ongoing research aligns with the aims of IASPM. Candidates may also, if desired, present evidence of hardship or extenuating circumstances that might make a grant of particular value to them (geographic location, e.g., living in a remote or rural area, may be considered here) and the assessors will take these circumstances into consideration also.

It should be noted that the travel grant will be awarded at or after the conference.

Please submit submissions by Monday 1 September 2014 to the Treasurer, Natalie Lewandowski (treasurer@nulliaspm.org.au), with the subject heading “IASPM-ANZ 2014 Postgraduate Travel Grant”. Applications should include full contact details and institutional affiliation of the applicant.

IASPM (ANZ Branch) Conference, 2014 CFPs – University of Otago, 5-7 December

IASPM (ANZ Branch) Conference, 2014

 Conference Title: Into the Mix: People, Places, Processes  

Conference Dates: 5-7 December 2014

Venue: St David Theatre Complex, corner of St David and Cumberland Streets, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Organizing Committee: Jen Cattermole, Henry Johnson and Oli Wilson

The theme of this year’s conference is “Into the Mix”. The “mix” is both literal (referring to various stages in the production of popular music, as well as important creative processes such as sampling, remixing and DJing) and an analogy for all types of musical hybridities and encounters, the fluid nature of musical meanings and musical experiences, and the fluidity or movement of ideas, sounds and peoples. The notion of the “mix” is defined broadly; it might involve popular music production processes, a creative setting, or another space where people, places and processes are foregrounded as part of an interpretive cultural analysis. Contributions might be case-study analyses underpinned by historical, ethnographic or critical enquiry, or focused entirely on theoretical orientations addressing music production, as well as hybridity and related topics.

Papers will be considered that address specifically the theme of the conference in connection with one or more of its broad definitions. Questions and themes paper presenters may wish to address include, but are not limited to:


•             How are mixes interpreted and valued by different people(s) in different places?

•             Which processes (creative, social, economic etc) are involved in creating mixes?

•             What aesthetics underpin the production of mixes or cross-cultural musical collaborations?

•             What are some of the cultural, social, political and/or economic effects of mixes?

•             How are people(s), places and processes represented through the mix?

•             How do movement, process and encounter influence popular music production?

•             How does mixing enable and/or reflect fluidity, hybridity or eclecticism?

•             How might cultural space(s) or place(s) be maintained or (re)constructed in the musical mix?

Keynote Speaker: To be advised.

Conference Activities: A variety of conference activities are planned, including a jam night and conference dinner. Dunedin has established itself as a key eco-tourism destination, hosting unique natural attractions including an albatross colony, penguin colony and a sea lion colony. It also has a number of acclaimed breweries and top-quality restaurants.

Accommodation: Accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets are available within short walking distance of the conference venue. Numerous places to stay can be found at:http://www.otago.ac.nz/about/accommodation/otago000807.html. It will be expected that most conference delegates will be able to stay within walking distance to the venue.

Transport: Dunedin has an international airport with direct flights from major eastern Australian cities, and from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The following public transport options are available to and from the city: a shuttle costs about NZ$25-35 (one way); and a taxi is about NZ$100 (one way).

Registration: Earlybird (before 1 October); cut-off for late registration (before 1 November). The conference website will be active mid 2014 for registration.

Date for Abstracts: Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment (Word document, plain text, 12pt Times New Roman font) to oli.wilson@nullotago.ac.nz, by 31 May 2014. Please use your surname and initial as the document title, as in “Smith_Z.docx”. Abstracts will be refereed, and successful speakers advised promptly by email. Please submit your proposal with the following information (in this order):

·           Name of author(s) (exactly as you would like it to appear in the program)

·           Institution or affiliation

·           Contact phone number, including international codes

·           Email

·           Consideration for 2013 IASPM-ANZ postgraduate prize?* (Yes/No)

·           Title of paper

·           3 keywords for your paper (for programming purposes)

·           Abstract (300 words maximum)

*The IAPSM-ANZ postgraduate prize of AUD$250 is awarded to the best postgraduate presenter at the conference, as determined by a panel of established IAPSM-ANZ members. Only current postgraduate students are eligible. Past winners may not apply.

Call for papers: Australasian Music Research at Lyrebird Press (Melbourne)

Australasian Music Research at Lyrebird Press (Melbourne), the only Australian publisher’s series dedicated to research in Australasian music, invites proposals for volumes of approximately 70,000 words in any area relating to Australasian music.

Proposals considered include monographs, edited collections of essays, conference proceedings, anthologies and bio-bibliographies.

Guidelines for the preparation of proposals can be found at: http://www.lyrebirdpress.com/books/amr/ and enquiries can be directed to the Series Editor, Sue Robinson, at srobi@nullunimelb.edu.au. Proposals for publication in 2013 should be received by 1 May 2013.