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IASPM 2012 conference, University of Salford

We’ve got 32 panels, over 120 speakers and delegates, coming to MediaCityUK this week for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK and Ireland) biennial conference. So excited—the event has been 15 months in the making, and now it’s almost here. (It’s being reported in the press—read the Manchester Evening News version of the conference, plus MEN readers’ comments, by clicking on the MEN screenshot below.) I can’t list the whole programme here, but I can offer a bit of a taster as to the kinds of topics being talked about in panels. And there are over 25 others! Most of them are about the conference theme, Imagining Communities Musically: Putting Popular Music in its Place. For instance:

  • Panel 15. Englishness I. Chair: Dave Laing
  • Richard Mills, St Mary’s University College: Englishness and placelessness in Nick Drake’s lyrics
  • Davey Ray Moor, Bath Spa University: Carl Barat’s glimpses of Albion: A London Gothic
  • Christian Lloyd and Shara Rambarran [joint presentation], Queen’s University (Canada) Bader International Study Centre: Tricky’s Mixed Race: internal culture shock, mixed medium, notional anthems
  • Gurdeep Khabra, University of Liverpool: Stories about Soho Road: Bhangra music, place and identity.
  • Panel 7. Festival as sonic-spatial community. Chair: George McKay
  • Gina Arnold, Stanford University: Hardly Strictly Utopia: race, space and the American rock festival
  • Alison Eales, University of Glasgow: Live music and urban regeneration: Glasgow and its Jazz Festival.
  • Panel 20. Sounds and visions of Scotland. Chair: Michael Goddard
  • Bob Anderson, University of Glasgow: Rain Town or Indie Town: social network theory and Glasgow’s local music scene
  • Holly Tessler, University of the West of Scotland: Aye Tunes: Scotland’s Greatest Album and Scottish identity
  • Evangelos Chrysagis, University of Edinburgh: ‘A sense of togetherness’: Nae Wave and the DIY music community in Glasgow.
  • Panel 3. Women, girls, mothers. Chair: Nikki Dibben
  • Sarah Boak, University of Southampton: Mother Revolution: Maternal bodies in the work of female singer-songwriters
  • Paula Hearsum, University of Brighton: Women, music, death – examining the dominant discourses of musicians’ obituaries
  • Nancy Bruseker, University of Liverpool: ‘From one of your old “gallery girls”’: Vesta Tilley’s fan mail and popular music audiences
  • Sini Timonen, City University: The girl singer in 1960s London: the position of female vocalists within the pop music industry.
  • Panel 26. Foreign styles, local realities: popular music in and beyond post-Soviet Russia II. Chair: Yngvar Steinholt
  • David-Emil Wickström, Pop Academy Baden-Wuerttenberg: ‘Ia ne Gagarin’: imagining the Soviet Union in post-Soviet popular music from Germany
  • Polly McMichael, University of Nottingham: Zemfira as Scandal-Girl: playing with genre in Russian popular music of the 1990s-2000s
  • Kirstin Lohman, Warwick University: Narratives of Eastern Europe in the Dutch punk scene.
  • Rhythm ChangesPanel 17. Jazz cultures as imaginary communities: a panel from the HERA EUFP7 Rhythm Changes: European Jazz and National Identities project. Chair: Loes Rusch
  • Nick Gebhardt, Lancaster University: Friends and Neighbours
  • Tom Sykes, University of Salford: Making scenes: real and imagined communities in British jazz
  • Tony Whyton, University of Salford: In Praise of Dreams: place and European jazz.
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IASPM (UK&I) 2012 conference, Salford

 I can’t go back to Salford / The cops have got me marked / Enter the Dragon / Exit Johnny Clarke. — John Cooper Clarke, ‘Kung fu international’

With these words by the ‘bard of Salford’ ringing in my ears, I begin to get excited by the arrival of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK and Ireland branch) biennial conference at MediaCityUK in September.

The conference was originally brought to Salford for 2012 by my friend and colleague Dave Sanjek, Professor of Popular Music here at the university until his sudden death in late 2011. I stepped in as lead organiser just to keep the show on the road, working with a small group of colleagues from IASPM and Salford.

The theme of the conference is Imagining Communities Musically: Putting Popular Music in its Place. The draft programme contains over 30 panels, 100 papers, from around the world. As the conference website puts it:

 international and national speakers, topics from national sounds to online fandom communities, diasporic sonicities to noisy musics, and more…. From Vesta Tilly to Lady Gaga, Mexican rock to east coast Scotland folk, tango to techno, Nordic metal to Californian festival, we’ve got it all covered, looking good, sounding great….

IASPM keynote speaker Barney HoskynsI do like the from ‘tango to techno’ line. The keynote address at the conference is being given by British music journalist and author Barney Hoskyns. From his early days writing for Melody Maker and NME, Barney has written about pop cultures and the arts for many outlets in the UK and the US, including as a contributing editor for British Vogue and as US Bureau Chief for Mojo. His new book, Trampled Under Foot: The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin, is published by Faber in September too.

And it’s quite a place for pop, Salford. Here’s an A-Z of Salford music. From Ewan MacColl to Elkie Brooks Graham Nash to Joy Division, the Smiths to the Sugababes and the Ting Tings, there is a buzz, vibe, happening thing going on, and I’m hoping IASPM 2012 adds a little bit to that! That’s what Dave would have wanted.

The conference is at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK, September 5-7. All information about the programme, registration, accommodation, is on the website.

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