2015 annual IASPM ANZ conference- call for papers

IASPM ANZ Branch Conference 2015

School of Music, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

December 4th – 6th 2015

Popular Music, Stars and Stardom

‘Stars’ manifest in popular music literally, conceptually and metaphorically through song lyrics, artist ‘stage names’ and in discourses of economic and/ or mainstream success (Hamlen Jnr., 1991; Holmes, 2004). Stars can be conceptualised as ‘mythic constructs’ (Shuker, 2005) ‘other worldly’ (McLeod, 2003) or associated with fantasy and escapism. As performers, ‘stars’ have been considered as ‘manufactured’ (Franck and Nüesch, 2007) and/ or ‘authentic’ (Zuberi, 2001); as groups of individual artists, such as ‘Superstar DJs’ (Phillips, 2009), or the individual persona, such as ‘Ziggy Stardust’ (Grant, 2000). In recent years, popular music stardom is closely associated to reality television (Frith, 2007), a site of tension between influences of traditional auteur and public ‘star maker’ roles. The portrayal of popular music ‘stars’ on film varies between those in the foreground (Rock Star, 2001), in the background (20 Feet from Stardom, 2013) and those in supporting or ‘behind the scenes’ roles (Muscle Shoals, 2013).


In a literal sense, astronomy research suggests a ‘musical galaxy’; a black hole is heard ‘singing’ a B?, at 57 octaves lower than middle C, ‘the lowest note in the universe’ (Overbye, 2013). The universe may have its own ‘soundtrack’, a ‘sonic composition that records some of the most dramatic events in outer space’ (Levin, 2013).


If we consider popular music as a metaphorical universe, who or what are the planets, stars and constellations? In what ways do they align, traverse and orbit? We invite papers that consider the theme of popular music, stars and stardom from one or more of the following angles:


? Stars: musical, cultural, political biography

? Stardom: discourses of mainstream success, fandom, reception, memory

? The universe: popular music production, management, distribution

? Constellations: genre, tradition, locality, subculture, collaboration

? Galaxies: ‘other worlds’, spirituality, fantasy, iconicity

? Waiting for a Star to Fall: songs, lyrics and ‘star’ references

? Stellar performances: liveness, audiences, performance on film and television

? Selling stars: business models, economics, revenue streams

? Fading stars: success, career trajectories, ageing, posthumous canonisation

? Black holes: noise/ silence, the ‘visible’ and the ‘concealed’

? Papers that address the overall theme beyond these angles will also be considered.


Abstracts: Please upload abstracts of 300 words in .docx or .pdf file format (with SURNAME_ANZ2015 as the file name) via the web form at the conference website: music.anu.edu.au/iaspm-anz-2015


Deadline: Sunday May 31st 2015


Notification of acceptances: Friday July 17th 2015


Conference website: music.anu.edu.au/iaspm-anz-2015


Conference email address: iaspm2015anz@nullanu.edu.au


Registration: Early bird registration applies between August 3rd – October 5th. Further information will be released on the IASPM ANZ 2015 Conference website in May.


Transport: Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin operate regular flights to Canberra from most domestic Australian airports, including Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Canberra is a 3-hour coach ride from Sydney, with Murray’s and Greyhound services every hour to and from Canberra’s central ‘Jolimont’ bus station.


Accommodation: a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets are available, including University House Further information, including location and maps will be available on the conference website


Conference activities: lunch and morning/ afternoon tea is provided. A first-day evening reception is planned at Canberra Museum & Gallery. Canberra is home to Australia’s National Gallery, National Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Questacon Science Museum. Opportunities to visit the public gallery in Parliament can also be arranged.


Conference dinner: to be held on Saturday December 5th at Mount Stromlo Observatory with an evening of music and stargazing.


Publication: following the conference, the organising committee plan an edited collection with ANU Press. Further details TBA.


Local Organising Committee: Dr Julie Rickwood, Dr Samantha Bennett, Dr Stephen Loy, H.C. Coombs Fellow Andrew Farriss, Ms Harriet Torrens


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.

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

Friday 7 December – Saturday 8 December 2012

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne
Royal Parade, Parkville

Western Music and entertainment have drawn on features of Spanish music and dance for over 200 years, building on them as cornerstones of musical exoticism. These constructions of musical exoticism have in turn informed different manifestations of Spanish musical nationalism, as well as regional and popular musics of Spain.

This Symposium brings together scholars from around the world to reflect on Spain’s unique position in the enactment of musical and cultural identity. The papers explore themes that span a range of periods, genres and musical styles, from opera and flamenco to dance and film, and encompass approaches including historical musicology, cultural studies and performance practice.


There is no charge for registration but RSVP is essential as places are limited.

Please email Liz Kertesz <ekertesz@nullunimelb.edu.au> by Friday 30 November indicating your day/s of attendance: Friday / Saturday / Friday and Saturday

For further information, please consult the Symposium website at


Michael Christoforidis [Email: mchri@nullunimelb.edu.au]


Liz Kertesz [Email: ekertesz@nullunimelb.edu.au]

Call for Nominations for 2012-13 IASPM-ANZ Committee

Nominations are invited for the following executive and non-executive positions:

  • Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Publications Officer (IASPM-ANZ Website and Related Publications)
  • New Zealand Representative (non-executive)

Nominations must be received via email by Monday 26 November 2012 (5pm), after which all members will be notified of the nominees.

For more information or to download a nomination form click here