by Sebastian Maier

CfP: “Groove the City”

Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance

International symposium of the Urban Music Studies Scholars Network in collaboration with the Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization, Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

Since Urban Music Studies are a lively field of research with a high discursive and trans- disciplinary potential, we welcome critical reflections from a broad range of disciplines, such as for example: Historical Musicology, Sociology of Music, Urban Theory, Urban Sociology, Policy Studies/ Political Science, Geography, Ethnomusicology, Popular Music Studies, Cultural Studies, Architecture, Media Studies, Sustainability Studies or Intersectionality & Diversity Studies,  All musical genres can be subjects of discussion, and though the focus should lay on the current situation, historical contributions are also of interest.

In order to better understand these structures, processes and underlying mechanisms of urban music between politics and policies, local and global influences, and economic and social interests on micro vs. macro levels, the Urban Music Studies Scholars Network organizes a symposium related to these issues on November 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2018 at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.

 Abstracts of papers and group sessions are invited on any of the following topics: • Theoretical and conceptual frameworks
• Historical backgrounds
• Music as a part of the intrinsic logic of cities
• Power relationships in different musical fields
• Prevailing discourses, political strategies and practical examples
• Interurban competition and the standardization of cities policies on a global level • Musical ecosystems, scene structures and symbolic economy
• Institutionalization of informal musical practices
• Social-economic impacts of neo-liberal policies on micro spheres of musical life

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Martin Cloonan (University of Turku)
Prof. Dr. Will Straw (McGill University Montreal)
NN (to be announced)

The conference language is English. Proposals can be submitted
for panels on a specific topic (with three presentations, 60 minutes + 30 minutes discussion),
for single papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion), or
for a poster presentation of (PhD) projects.
Please include your name, your academic affiliation, title, an abstract of 250 words, five keywords, a short biographical note of no more than two sentences, and your contact information.

For more details please contact us or check the complete call for tender!
Contact: Leuphana Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization ISCO urbanmusicstudies@leuphana.de
www.urbanmusicstudies.org www.leuphana.de/en/institutes/isco.html

Deadline for the proposals will be May 10th 2018!
The notification of acceptance will follow before August 1st 2018.
A publication of selected papers is planned.
Please submit your abstract via e-mail to urbanmusicstudies@leuphana.de.

by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

CfP: Making Cities, Cities in the Making: Moments of Arrival, Appropriation and Resistance

Open Penal at the 18th IUAES World Congress “World (of) Encounters: The past, present and future of anthropological knowledge”
Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, 16-20 July 2018.

Cities are not neutral sites in which people enter. They are not only physically built but are perceived, narrated, interpreted and imbued with power relations (Massey/Jess 1995). People experience places with their specific socio-spatial relations depending on their positionalities, including class, race/ethnicity, gender and religion. Spatial organization is integral to the production of social relations and power relations and not merely its result (Massey 1994).

Please note the quick turnaround for this call. Deadline approaching: 28 February 2018!

For more information concerning your proposal please check the links below.

More 18th IUAES World Congress

Open Penal


The Battle for the High Street – Book by Phil Hubbard

23/02/2018 by Alenka Barber-Kersovan | 0 comments

Hight streets in British cities often carry strong
meanings in terms of social an cultural status. In this
book, Phil Hubbard analyses their development in times of
recession and austerity and points out how high streets
are shown to have long been regarded as the heart of many communities, but have declined to a state where boarded-up and vacant retail units are a familiar sight.

The book provides a powerful argument against retail
gentrification, and a timely analysis of class conflict in
austerity Britain. It will be of great interest to
scholars of geography, social policy and cultural studies.

Phil Hubbard – The Battle for High Street, Retail
Gentrification, Class and Disgust

Palgrave Macmillan, London – February 2017

More: Link

Weekend Societies – New Book by Graham St. John

12/02/2018 by Leonard Sprueth | 0 comments

In Weekend Societies we are introduced to the emergent field of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festivals and even-culture studies. Growing ubiquitous in contemporary social life, and providing participants with independent sources of belonging, these festivals and their event-cultures are diverse in organization, intent and outcome, EDM festivals are expressions of “freedoms” revolutionary and recreational.

Graham St. John points out an industry trend in the world dance music culture from raves and clubs towards festivals, featuring contributions from scholars of EDM festivals showcasing a diversity of methodological approaches, theoretical perspectives and representational styles.



Weekend Societies – Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures

Graham St. John – Bloomsbury Academic – 01.12.2017


by R. Kuchar

CfP: Creative Locations: Art, Culture and the City.

10th Midterm Conference of the European Research Networks Sociology of Arts & Sociology of Culture, Spt. 4th-7th, 2018, Malta

In recent years, the arts have gained increasing importance of strategies designed for culture-led urban regeneration. The general topic for the 10th Midterm Conference is the connection between the arts, the city and the processes that link them, to examine the interweave of aesthetic, social, cultural and economic dynamics in cities.

Call for Papers is open unteil Feb 15th, Conference Registration starts from April 1st.

More information and paper submission: Conference Website

One year of Elbphilharmonie

15/01/2018 by Leonard Sprueth | 0 comments

Following construction delays and a set of scandals, a year ago, the new concert hall called Elbphilharmonie has been inaugurated in Hamburg, Germany. Conceptualised as the landmark of the Music City Hamburg, its spectacular architecture attracts thousands of tourists and music lovers. The diverse musical programme covers all musical genres, ranging from classical concerts to Einstürzende Neubauten, Poetry Slams and contemporary electronics. 850.000 spectators joining the first years´s programme let the city quickly forget about the troubles of planning and constructing…

Here a short flash back of the opening ceremony:

A Musicology for Landscape – New Book by David Nicholas Buck

03/01/2018 by Leonard Sprueth | 0 comments

As the title suggests, David Buck’s recent publication concentrates on weaving sound into the sensory appreciation of landscape. Through conceptual and direct reference on musical notation, his work investigates landscape architecture’s inherent temporality and calls for refocusing  this under-researched aspect provided by the model of notating time. 

Being a landscape architect and educator, Buck’s work offers an innovative and contemporary approach to a wide range of landscape projects and as the founder of the “landscape architecture programme” at the University of East London, his design work in the UK and Japan has been widely published. During his PhD he focused on the investigation of alternatives for perspectival representations of space in landscape architecture through developing new notations from a synthesis with music, thus “A Musicology for Landscape” is evidently the latest in a succession of thriving works.

The book hereby addresses a difficulty within the architectural discourse, which is concerned with a lack of adequacy of the existing design tools to correctly explore the landscape’s inherited temporality. By seeking new forms of notation through the inclusion of musical notation, the book introduces three influential composers – Morton Feldman, György Ligeti and Michael Finnissy – presenting a critical evaluation of their work within music, as well as a means in which it might be used in design research. David Buck then juxtaposes musical scores with design representations by Kevin Appleyard, Bernard Tschumi and William Kent, until final examination through newly developed landscape architectural notations. Ultimately, bringing together musical composition and landscape architecture through notation, evokes a focused and sensitive exploration of temporality and sound in both fields.

David Buck – between landscape architecture and land art 

A Musicology for Landscape – 2017 – Routledge


by Sebastian Maier

CfP: Mapping the Musical City – a Historically Savvy Symposium

This symposium, in association with the School of Advanced Studies, addresses mapping as both an object and method of musicological enquiry. Inspired in part by the “spatial turn” in the humanities at large and fuelled by the increasing accessibility of Geographic Information Systems software, musicologists can now visualize and analyse complicated trends across time and place with greater ease than ever before. Yet, the ideological and epistemological implications of different mapping tools and techniques remain underexplored. The aim of this symposium is to situate recent projects within a longer history of cartographic practice in music studies.

Please note the quick turnaround for this call: the deadline for proposals is Wednesday 13 December 2017, 12.00 GMT and decisions will be made later that week.

For more informations concerning your proposal please check the link below.