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 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...

Open CFP: IJ 9/2 (2019) – Open Call

IASPM Journal invites all IASPM members to submit papers for issue 2/2019 on any topic of research related to Popular Music Studies.

The deadline for submissions is September 30th 2019.

We seek contributions no longer than 8,000 words, inclusive of abstract. We expect to publish this issue in December 2019, with final decisions on submissions sent out in October 2019.
Posted: 2019-09-19 More...

Update: IJ 8/2 (2018) – Open Issue

This issue consists of two contributions. Emília Barna and Ádám Ignácz give a historical analysis of popular music studies in the 1960s and 1970s in the UK and Hungary. Jan-Peter Herbst and Tim Albrecht present findings from a study into the work realities of studio musicians in the German popular music recording industry. The review section consists of reviews from by Paul Long, Caroline Kennedy, Iain Taylor, Karlyn King and Eveleigh Buck-Matthews.
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Posted: 2018-12-10

Update: IJ 8/1 (2018) – Gender Politics in the Music Industry

This special issue focuses on Gender Politics in the Music Industry. It contains special issue articles from Kara Attrep, Toby Bennett, Cecilia Björck and Åsa Bergman, Helen Reddington, Cécile Navarro, Charity Marsh, and Caroline O'Sullivan as well as an open section article from Adrian Sledmere. The review section consists of reviews from Liam Alan Maloy, Verónica Dávila, Nabeel Zuberi. Derek B. Scott, Nicholas P Greco, and Laura Niebling.
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Posted: 2018-08-20
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Vol 9, No 2 (2019): Open Issue

IASPM Journal Vol. 9, No.2 (2019)