IASPM Journal

IASPM Journal is the peer-reviewed open-access e-journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) –– its members are invited to register and publish. Click here for a copy of the CFP (in several languages) and Style Guide.



Update: Vol 10, No 1 (2020) Open Issue

This issue consists of three articles, three branch reports and five book reviews. Rosemary Lucy Hill and Molly Megson discuss how grassroots venues and promoters can implement changes to tackle sexual violence and work towards gender equality. Pascal Rudolph analyses the presentation of Björk’s filmic character, Selma, in Dancer in the Dark in conversation with her popstar status. Paul Carr and Ben Challis examine the creative incorporation of a specific type of repetition in popular music, that of loop-based composition and improvisation.

Ruth Piquer, Bojana Radovanović and Emilia Barna provide IASPM branch reports covering the histories of popular music studies in Spain, Serbia and Hungary (respectively). There are also reviews by Bill Bruford, Jenna Doyle, Mark Duffett, Lee Marshall and Chris Anderton of new books out on the drum kit, popular music performance, The Beatles fandom, The Rolling Stones, and Henry Cow.

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Posted: 2020-11-14

Open CFP: IJ 12/2 (2022) – Open Issue

IASPM Journal is the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), an organization established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music. We publish articles and book reviews on popular music of any genre, time period or geographic location. As part of an international network the journal aims to disseminate IASPM members' research work that is local, transnational, global and/or international. English is the official language but articles may also be submitted in the official language of any of its branches (adding an English abstract). Studies may use a range of research methodologies and critical approaches, including practice as research. As our open access readership is diverse and interdisciplinary, we ask contributors to present ideas in forms accessible to sociologists, musicologists, music critics and practitioners.

The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2021. We will accept articles for the open issue in advance of this date and recommend early submissions.
Posted: 2020-11-14 More...

Special CFP: Crises at Work: Potentials for Change? (2021)

Special Issue Editors: Michael Ahlers and Jan Herbst

This Special Issue is motivated by, but not limited to, the current processes and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global civic rights movement related to “Black Lives Matter”, which highlights systemic racism as an epidemic in many societies around the world. Only a selection of topics is shown here, which is also historically part of personal, systematic or infrastructural crises of popular music cultures. The Special Issue of the IASPM Journal aims to gather a broad range of scholarly and artistic perspectives on crises in popular music composition and production, labour, business, education, societies and cultures.

We understand crises as possible blockades of creative processes, economic threats, excessive demands on people or systems, but also as an opportunity for change. These potentials lead, for example, to changed forms of appreciation and to a renewed consideration of ecological or ethical values or to the establishment of new networks and methods for creative projects and work.

This issue is interested in, but not limited to, any of the following themes:
- Global (in)equalities and discrimination (e.g. racism, access to high-speed internet, online censorship)
- Creative crisis, resilience and wellbeing
- Crises of labour and music business
- Innovative approaches to dealing with restrictions and limitations
- Adaptations and alternative forms of commercial music industries
- Focusing after overload: technical, psychological, social, economic issues
- Value and appreciation of music professions in times of crisis
- Emerging networks, communities and collaboration (online and offline)
- Material and non-material support
- Moral and ethical aspects of change

We are looking for both scholarly contributions and expressions of opinion or relevant artistic outputs from professionals. The Special Issue also aims to provide a global perspective on support structure and hence motivates popular music scholars to provide information on their regional specifics.

This Special Issue contains two parts, 1) full articles, 2) statements.
Re 1) Full articles will be between 6,000-8,000 words and subject to double-blind peer review. We encourage practice-based and practice-led research submissions. The audio or audio-visual components must not be copyright protected and must be accompanied by a written component of 3,000 to 4,000 words that clearly describes research questions or objectives, relevant literature, the creative process and conclusions.
Re 2) Statements by scholars and practitioners (industry, education, administration, policy makers etc.) about their experiences of crisis in the form of text (max. 2,000 words), audio (max. 12 minutes) or video (max. 8 minutes). The statements will be subject to editorial review.

Abstract/proposals for full articles and statements are due by 15 August 2020, with full submissions (if accepted) expected by 1 January 2021.

To be considered for this Special Issue, please submit an abstract of 150-250 words (plus references, if necessary) by 15 August 2020; along with author name(s), institutional affiliations, contact details and a brief bio of no more than 150 words which includes the author’s positionalities in relation to their topic to: j.herbst@hud.ac.uk. Please indicate “IASPM Crises Special Issue” in the subject line.

If your abstract is accepted we expect to receive the full submission uploaded into the online submission by 1 January 2021 at https://iaspmjournal.net/index.php/IASPM_Journal/about
Music will be submitted in 320 kbps .mp3 format and stored on the IASPM journal server, videos will be uploaded to IASPM Journal’s video channel.

See the journal site for further information regarding Submissions.
Our Style Guide is available on the website.
Posted: 2020-07-08 More...

Update: Vol 9, No 2 (2019) Open Issue

Lauren Leigh Kelly and Donald C. Sawyer discuss hip hop pedagogy in mainstream schools. Yuri Prado analyzes the capitalist logic of samba schools. Emma Winston and Laurence Saywood cover a new musical genre, Lo-Fi Hip Hop, and Christopher Charles considers the significance of crews in underground dance music scenes. Melanie Schiller, Beate Flath, Akitsugu Kawamoto, Ali C. Gedik, and Levent Ergun provide IASPM branch reports. There are also book reviews by Laura Niebling, Marianne Di Benedetto and Alison C Eales on new books out on heavy metal, popular music in France and the history of live music in the UK.

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Posted: 2019-12-23

Update: Vol 9, No 1 (2019) Pop Music Festivals and (Cultural) Policies

This issue consists of five contributions. Daniel Fredriksson presents a study on the Falun Folk Music Festival in Sweden. Heikki Uimonen discusses the relationships between live music associations and various political and cultural institutions in Finland. Stian Vestby examines the programme and audience development processes at the Norwegian Country Meeting. Peter Lell discusses how world music festivals can be seen as sites of musical education. Bianca Ludewig introduces transmedia festivals as a new type of contemporary festivals.

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Posted: 2019-10-11

Special CFP: Popular Music, Decolonization and Indigenous Studies (2020)

Special Issue Editors: Daniel Hernandez and Kirsten Zemke

This Special Issue seeks to confront the Western tradition of academia, which has only been made possible through historic and ongoing processes and ideologies of colonialism. This includes the paradox that many academic scholars and institutions are housed on stolen lands. This Special Issue of IASPM Journal aims to contribute to an ongoing process of decolonization through the lens and practices of popular music by highlighting Indigenous academics, theorists and musical explorations.

Indigeneity is a contested and negotiated term yet provides a geopolitical identity and relationship to colonial legacies and contemporary power relations that survive and are resilient, despite the initial and enduring encounters of violence, erasure, displacement, and occupation. This includes Indigenous peoples in settler colonial nation-states as well as those within systems of coloniality in non-settler nation-states. Historical processes have served as catalysts to subversive Indigenous responses, adoptions and adaptations of styles and instruments, as well as, the erasure of Indigenous contributions to popular music.

This issue is interested in, but not limited to, any of the following themes:
• Indigenous peoples’ relationship with popular music
• Indigenous musicians in popular music
• Indigenous issues represented and negotiated in popular music
• Popular music, Indigenous organizing, and protection of sacred sites
• Decolonial coalition-building between communities through music
• Indigenous Futures, Self-determination and cultural sovereignty
• Indigenous cosmologies, instruments, and styles in popular music
• Queer, Anti-colonial, Anti-capitalist Indigenous identities
• Indigenous activism, sounds, and stories

We would like this Issue to reflect a global spread and diversity. We are looking for articles that represent Indigenous popular music and issues on Turtle Island (North America), Oceania, Abya Yala (Central and South America), Africa, Asia, and wherever an Indigenous subject in popular music exists.
Posted: 2019-09-26 More...
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Vol 10, No 1 (2020): Open Issue

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