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CfP: “This is my City: Popular Music in Australasian Cities”

Die Deadline dieser Ausschreibung ist der 25. September.

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“Call for Abstracts — DEADLINE 25 September 2014
This is My City: Popular Music in Australasian Cities
Co-Editors: Shelley Brunt and Geoff Stahl

“Well I’m back in the land of second chances, And rock’n'roll shows
where nobody dances
Back in the land of chicken and chips, Mars bars and roadside tips
And if you don’t like it, Then that’s too bad, Cos it’s the only city
that we’ve ever had
This is my city…This is your city…This is our city now”
(“This is My City” Skyhooks – Melbourne, 1976)

Cities are indelibly connected with the production and consumption of
popular music. This can take many forms: bands draw inspiration from
living, working, and playing in urban centres; songs give emotional
shape to cities via sonic and lyrical signifiers; fans and audiences
sustain local scenes; rehearsal spaces offer contexts for musical
collaboration and performance; large-scale festivals impart a sense of
spectacle to cities; and gigs at small venues provide opportunities for
moments of shared intimacy. In these and other important respects,
popular music gives unique shape to the sociomusical experience of urban

In Australasian cities, urban music-making forms a vital part of larger
social, material and symbolic dimensions that have given shape and
meaning to each city’s unique identity (‘Melbourne: Australia’s Live
Music Capital’ or ‘The Dunedin Sound,’ for example). Music-making in
this context is also characterized and strengthened by regionally
specific musical networks, where the local, the transnational, and the
global intersect in promising as well as problematic ways. For migrants
or diasporic groups, for example, performing popular musics associated
with national culture can articulate a sense of identity (from
Vietnamese communities in Western Sydney to Pacific Islanders in South
Auckland, among others). Making music in Australasian cities matters,
then, in a myriad of ways that take on a distinctive regional cast and

As a way of addressing these and other related issues, this collection
aims to explore the links between popular music and cities in the
Australasian context, and examine the distinctive social, spatial and
musical relationships found in, and between, urban contexts. We are
particularly interested in methodologies, approaches and theoretical
frameworks from a wide range of disciplines, such as cultural geography,
ethnomusicology, sociology, popular music studies, cultural and media
studies. Papers should focus on music-making in cities that lie within
the geographical region of ‘Australasia’ (Australia, New Zealand, New
Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Pacific islands, etc). We also welcome
comparative studies between Australasian cities and those outside of
this region.

We invite proposals for chapters that focus on, but are not limited to,
the following themes:
• Sex and the city: gender/sexuality, urban space and music
• Music and migration: diasporas, cultural traditions, invented traditions
• Urban memories: nostalgia, memorialisation, icons, legacies, heritage,
museums, exhibitions
• Music and urban media: street press, radio, TV, old and new media
• Urban collectives: scenes, subcultures, audiences, fan cultures
• Music-making spaces: venues, clubs, recording, rehearsing, playing
live music
• The official city: urban policy, regulation, rejuvenation
• The quotidian city: music in everyday life, night time economies,
routes and routines, public, private and ubiquitous music
• The eventful city: tourism, branding, music festivals
• Interurban music-making: touring, sister cities,
regional/transnational networks with other cities

150-200 word abstracts/proposals should be sent by 25 September 2014 to:

Only original and unpublished proposals will be considered.
Dr. Geoff Stahl
Senior Lecturer, Media Studies
81 Fairlie Terrace, Room 102
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463 7472″

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