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2010 Conference – Melbourne

IASPM Australia-New Zealand Annual Conference

Call for Papers: Instruments of Change

24-26 November 2010

Monash Conference Centre

Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne

School of English, Communications and Performance Studies / School of Music

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Conference Theme
Popular music is a dynamic cultural force. The acts of listening, playing, dancing, composing and recording are undertaken in a constant state of flux, further complicated by flows of space and time. This conference invites papers that consider popular music as a powerful social agent. This may include analysis of current or past uses of music instruments as the sound-producing objects of change, or particular uses of technologies and human voices of change. The conference also welcomes investigations of the institutions and discourses within which the sound, the event and the experience are created, and their relationships to social change.

Proposals are invited across (but not necessarily exclusive to) the following areas:
• Popular music and political action
• Popular music and education
• Popular music within the Asia-Pacific
• Popular music and cultural governance
• Heritage and history
• Organology
• Popular music technologies
• Popular music scenes and communities

Abstract Submission
Abstracts (no more than 250 words) should be emailed to Dr Shane Homan ( as a Word document by 3 May 2010.

Please use your surname as the title of your Word document. The abstract must include:
• Name of presenter(s)
• Title of paper
• Institution
• Contact phone numbers and email address
• Abstract (250 words or less)
• Consideration for 2010 IASPM ANZ postgraduate prize (Yes/No)

NOTE: all conference delegates must be current financial members of IASPM.

For further information or queries, please contact the conference organisers:

Dr Graeme Smith
Phone: 61-3-99053233

Dr Shane Homan
Phone: 61-3-99032309

Dr Jen Cattermole
Phone: 61-3-99032326

2009 Conference – Auckland review

Click on the below links for a review of the conference by Sally Hawkins:

2009 Conference – Auckland


‘Value’ and Popular Music

Annual Conference of IASPM-ANZ

International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Australia-New Zealand branch

27-29 November 2009

Fale Pasifika Complex, 26 Wynyard Street

Faculty of Arts

University of Auckland, New Zealand

The theme of this year’s conference seeks to generate discussion and debate around the ‘value’ we ascribe to popular music(s). ‘Value’ relates to music as commodity and economic project, but social, cultural and aesthetic perspectives profoundly inform any measures or contentions of ‘value’. This theme is particularly timely given recent technological developments that are radically re-shaping the ways in which music is produced, distributed and consumed.

Topics for consideration could include:
Economic value of popular music – the music industry, technology, digital downloading, copyright laws, urban regeneration, tourism
Cultural/Social value of popular music – music in everyday life, subcultures, communities, traditional musics, politics, studying popular music
Artistic/Aesthetic value of popular music – history, composition, canons and counter-canons, authenticity, performance, genre, style

Any general papers in the study of popular music are also welcomed.

Abstract Submission
Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment (Word document, 12pt Times New Roman font) to Kirsten Zemke ( The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 15 Sept. 2009.

Please use your surname as the document title (for example “Zuberi.doc”).

The abstracts will be reviewed by an IASPM-ANZ committee and successful applicants will be advised by email. Please include the following details (in this order):
1. Name of author(s) (as you would like it to appear in the programme)
2. Institution or affiliation (where applicable)
3. Contact phone numbers
4. Email address
5. Title of paper
6. Abstract (200-300 words)
7. Consideration for 2009 IASPM-ANZ postgraduate prize? (Yes/No)

IASPM-ANZ Conference Programme – 2009

IASPM-ANZ Conference Delegates List – 2009