Popular Music scholars have devoted considerable attention to the relationship between music and power. The symbolic practices through which subcultures state and reinforce identities have been widely documented (mainly in the field of Cultural, Gender and Postcolonial Studies), as has the increasingly political and revolutionary dimensions of popular music. Most studies have focused on the genres and movements that developed with and in the aftermath of the 1960’s counterculture. Yet little has been written about how the politics of popular music has reflected the social, geopolitical and technological changes of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, after the fall of Communism. Still, the music of the Arab Spring or of the Occupy and Indignados movements have been scarcely commented upon while they attest to significant changes in the way music is used by activists and revolutionaries today.
This international conference therefore aims to explore the new political meanings and practices of music and to provide an impetus for their study.
Dates: 7 and 8 June 2013
Conference organized by the University of Strasbourg, the French-speaking branch of the IASPM, the German ASPM and Volume! the French journal of popular music studies.
45 participants, from 20 countries. Keynote speakers:
Martin Cloonan, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Dietrich Helms, University of Osnabrück, Germany
Full programme here: http://volume.revues.org/3444
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