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CFP: IASPM Canada - "Peripheries and Centres in Popular Music"

Call for Papers
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Canada
Going Coastal: Peripheries and Centres in Popular Music
Dalhousie University, Halifax
June 12-14, 2009

IASPM-CA is pleased to call for proposals, panels and roundtables for this
special interdisciplinary conference on the theme of "Peripheries and
Centres." We also welcome submissions on any aspect of popular music.

We are aiming for as broad a representation of disciplinary and
interdisciplinary perspectives as possible and hope for a conference that
will provide perspectives on and (re)evaluations of the periphery/centre
relationship as it relates to popular music. What changes are affecting the
concepts of centre and periphery and related notions like mainstream and
fringe, heartland and hinterland, privileged and marginal, mass culture and
subculture? How should they be rethought? Is there still a "centre"
(generically, geographically, economically, ideologically) in popular music
in the 21st century? We would be especially interested in proposals that
deal with issues such as:

*Questioning centre-periphery models
*Shifting centres (in terms of styles, genres, markets, geographies, social
*Centres and peripheries as they structure artistic labour (stars vs. backup
performers; engineers; producers; videographers; road personnel, etc.)
*Centres and peripheries in digital and web-based music cultures
*Ways in which centre-periphery models entrench or challenge dominant
formations of popular music canons, histories, genres, pedagogies
*Centres and peripheries in our academic work (in our choices of
methodologies, research topics, ideologies)
*Centres and peripheries in the ways of disseminating our work (journals,
books, on-line publishing, blogs, etc.), and in the communication between
'scholarly' and 'non-scholarly' audiences
*The excluded middle: how well have we gotten over the taboo of studying
"mainstream music?"
*How fringes become centres (country, reggae, punk, rap, etc.); how centres
become fringes (heavy metal, disco, kitsch/camp, etc.)

We would especially encourage papers, panels and roundtables dealing with
Canadian popular music scenes that are regionally specific, including those
of Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, the West Coast and
Northern regions.

Proposals may be submitted by email to iaspm-halifax@hotmail.com
iaspm-halifax@hotmail.com> . They will be read blind by the program
committee. Abstracts for individual papers and roundtables should be no
longer than 300 words; proposals for panels should include an abstract of
no more than 300 words for the panel as a whole, as well as abstracts of no
more than 300 words for each paper proposed for the panel. The program
committee reserves the right to accept a panel but reject an individual
paper on that panel.

For questions about the conference, contact conference chair Jacqueline
Warwick at jwarwick@dal.ca jwarwick@dal.ca> or programme chair
Chris McDonald at chris_mcdonald@cbu.ca chris_mcdonald@cbu.ca> .

Submission deadlines:
October 8, 2008 (for consideration for travel reimbursement)
November 15, 2008 (final deadline for all others)

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