02/05/2019
by Alenka Barber-Kersovan
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Music City Manual

Sound Diplomacy are proud to present the Music Cities Manual, a set of tools, case studies and lessons to increase the value of music in your city, town or place.

The Music Cities Manual provides 13 comprehensive, common-sense steps for any city, place or government to incorporate music into its overall strategic aims, goals and management plans. From planning and zoning to industry development, education to health and wellbeing, equity and social inclusion, music is an expansive, powerful tool to develop more representative, participatory urban strategies that can be used to improve urban policy, resilience and growth.

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25/03/2019
by Alenka Barber-Kersovan
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Music, Heritage, People and Place – Home of Metal Symposium and Workshop

Call for Papers

Home of Metal (HoM) is a heritage project created and led by the Capsule organisation. Launched in 2011, supported by volunteers, building a crowd-sourced archive and curating a range of popular public events in Birmingham and the Black Country, HoM seeks to highlight and celebrate the value of Heavy Metal music and culture and the role in it of founding artists from the English midlands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Judas Priest.
Open to all, this public symposium and workshop, seeks to situate HoM in relation to wider heritage issues and opportunities in order to understand its value and impact at home and abroad. For instance, UNESCO’s designation of ‘Creative Cities’ fosters innovation and cultural creativity, recognizing popular music amongst its specialized categories. Sites identified as a ‘City of Music’ include Glasgow and Liverpool in the UK, Kingston, Jamaica and lately Kansas City, USA. How does the ‘Home of Metal’ fit alongside such company?

EXTENDED DEADLINE
Proposals of no more than 300 words should be forwarded to paul.long@bcu.ac.uk by 31 MARCH 2019 accompanied by a short biography and contact details.
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20/03/2019
by R. Kuchar
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OPERATION TON #12 – Festival & Conference – March 29th/30th, Hamburg

Rockcity presents the 12th edition of Operation Ton as a platform for thinking of and discussing the future of music in Hamburg. This year´s thematic focus is on ‘Unity’ in (pop) music . The conference consists of Workshops, Panels, Lectures, Concerts, DJ-Sets & Installations. Conference Venue is Resonanzraum at Hamburg.

Line-Up:

DILLON, DANGER DAN, KOBITO, FRANK SPILKER, ANDREAS DORAU, GEREON KLUG, MELISSA LOGAN, FELIX KUBIN, GUDRUN GUT, HENDRIK OTREMBA, BIANCA JANKOVSKA, CHARLIE MCCLEAN, LYDIA KAVINA, PLASTIQ, DJ FATOU, GRAHAM CANDY, among others.

Tickets available here: https://operationton.reservix.de/events  – discounts for students!

More information and full programm at www.operationton.de and the Facebook page

13/03/2019
by Alenka Barber-Kersovan
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CKC 2019

In July 2018, the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England convened the first Creativity, Knowledge, Cities (CKC) Conference to critically explore the tensions between the creative sector, cities and universities. We invite scholars to build on these productive debates by submitting proposals for CKC 2019: Rethinking, Resisting, and Reimagining the Creative City.

Proposals due: 29 March, 2019. View PROPOSAL GUIDELINES and SUBMIT ABSTRACTS here: https://uwe.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ckc2019 or email CreativeEconomies2019@gmail.com to discuss alternative methods for submission.

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06/03/2019
by Alenka Barber-Kersovan
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Sonic Futures: Performing Identity in the ‘Global’ City

The idea for this one-day conference, taking place on the 25th of April 2019, stems from a series of workshops, Sonic Futures: Identity and Sustainability through Music and Performance, supported by London College of Communication (Teaching and Learning Fund) in collaboration with May Project Gardens (Hip Hop Garden). Primarily, this project aimed to instigate critical thinking and reflections on cultural practices and genre through performance in general and Hip Hop music and culture in particular. Gardening is connected to questions of psycho-physical wellbeing, community building and sustainability in the global city. We welcome 15-minute presentations, academic papers, performances, and contributions from a wide variety of disciplines, practice areas and backgrounds.

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01/03/2019
by Timon Scheuer
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!Save the date: Feb 13th-15th, 2020 // Groove the City II conference!

We are very happy to announce the next edition of our Groove the City conference: From Feb13th-15th, 2020 the international community of urban music studies will again meet in the North of Germany close to Hamburg in Lueneburg, this time at the famous Daniel Libeskind building of Leuphana University of Lueneburg. So save the date and stay tuned for more information and the call for papers.
In the meantime, get (back) into the amazing atmosphere of Groove the City with this awesome after-movie produced by our conference students Leif Jacobs, Stina Binder, Nikolas Bielefeldt and Marie Glaß:
 
So keep grooving the city and hopefully see you in Lueneburg in February 2020!
The Urban Music Studies team

20/02/2019
by R. Kuchar
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Call for Papers: Music, Cities and Popular Memory: A “Very Messy Cultural Archive”? – March 29th, 2019, Solent University Southampton

The symposium seeks to explore current research and practice in a full range of sites and objects making up the “city as a very messy cultural archive” (Rao, 2009):

– Public museums and archives; private collections of photographs, ticket stubs, recordings or memorabilia; books, journalism, zines and other popular writing; maps, plans, policy documents and matters of public record; venues, performance spaces, architecture, infrastructure and the built environment; digitised artefacts, storage media and networked oral histories; record label catalogues and, of course, the lyrics, recorded and paratextual elements of popular music itself

– The growing set of motivations, methods, technologies and ethics of researching, documenting, storing, re-presenting and valuing these histories – and how these are positioned in different personal, professional, political, institutional and disciplinary contexts.

– The collective ownership and organisation of urban cultural memory – beyond issues of access and the “display value” of heritage (exhibitions, anniversary events, plaques, monuments, city-branding initiatives, etc): case studies of archival co-production/co-curation are particularly welcome.

The organizers invite researchers across the humanities and social sciences to share knowledge, methods and case studies that shed light on these intertwined histories. We welcome contributions from scholars of popular music and consumer culture more broadly, alongside non-music researchers engaged in studies of heritage, memory, museums, libraries and archives. This might include sociologists, ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, geographers, historians, urbanists and others working on issues of culture in communities, institutions, cities, regions and beyond.

Abstract submission (including title and short bio, max. 300 words) is open until Friday 1st March 2019.

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15/02/2019
by Timon Scheuer
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“CECCUT”- Conference in Luxembourg

The European network “CECCUT” conference will take place on 7 March 2019 at the Belval Campus (Luxembourg).

The aims of the conference are to investigate the potential of the European Capital of Culture initiative to act as a lever for cross-border urban cohesion. This cohesion is approached based on three themes: 1) Strengthening the sense of belonging to a common cultural space, 2) Social inclusion through culture, particularly that of young people and marginalised groups, and 3) Promoting urban development based on the cultural and creative economy.

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