Urban Music Studies

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Conference Programme

We are delighted to announce the final programme of our conference. Beside the three Keynote Lectures by Will Straw (Montreal), Susana Zapke (Vienna) and Martin Cloonan (Turku), Groove the City will offer many exciting paper presentations and some special conference events. The conference will be held at Campus Rotes Feld, Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

Friday, 23rd of November 2018

From 13.00h 1st Floor Arrival and Registration
14:30-15:00h W.HS 3 Welcome Speeches

Welcome by Organizing Commitee

Ulf Wuggenig – Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

15:15-16:15h W.HS 3 Plenary Lecture:

Will Straw (Montreal): Urban Music as Policy Object.

Host: Ulf Wuggenig (Lueneburg)
16.15–16.45h 1st Floor Coffee Break
16.45–18.15h Parallel Sessions I
W.122 Policy,  Planning and Urban Development

Adrian Debattista (Valletta): Mobilising Alternative Capital in an emergent Music  Sector: The Case of Live Music Promoters in Malta

Séverin Guillard (Paris): From Urban Imaginaries to Urban Development: The Impact of Rap Music on the Image of two American Cities

Robin Kuchar (Lueneburg): “Underground” Clubs as Urban Policies? Music Venues, the City and the Meaning of Symbolic Value

Chair: Lisa Gaupp (Lueneburg)
W.123 Hegemonies, Networks & the Meaning of Soundscapes

Angela Fiore & Sara Belotti (Modena): Mapping the Este Court: Urban Soundscapes of a Ducal City (XVII cent.)

Luciana Ferreira Moura Mendonca (Pernambuco): Soundscapes, Scenes and (Con)tradi(c)tions: Music and Public Action in Recife

Utku Öğüt (Berlin): Contructing a New Sound for Bosphorus: From Nostalgia to Neo-Conservative Cultural Hegemony

Chair: Alenka Barber Kersovan (Lueneburg)
      19.00h Stintmarkt/ Trattoria de Flaviis Conference Dinner

An atmospheric night with 3 course menu & wine at the historic Stintmarkt (old harbour)

From 22.00h Stintmarkt/ PONS A last beer at Niklas Luhmann´s parental home

A further opportunity of exchange in Lueneburg´s oldest pub founded by ancestors of well-known German sociologist Niklas Luhmann.


Saturday, 24th of November 2018

10:00 – 11.00h
Parallel Sessions II
W.122 Cultural Policies and Local Music

Kayla Rush (Belfast): Researching Formalized Rock Music Education in Mid-Sized Cities

Eileen Hogan (Cork): Music-Making, Well-Being and Cultural Policy in a Small Irish City

Chair: Volker Kirchberg (Lueneburg)
W.123 Differing Times & Policies? Music, the Night and
Queer Approaches
Giacomo Bottà (Helsinki): Dancing in the Dark: Urban Nights and Popular MusicRosa Reitsamer (Vienna): ’Not Singing in Tune’: Feminist-Queer and Anti-racist Approaches to Music and Place in Vienna.

Chair: Martin Cloonan (Turku)
11.00 – 11.30h 1st Floor Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.30h Parallel Sessions III
W.122 The Construction of Place and the Music Market

Aoife Kavanagh (Maynooth): Making Music and Making Place: Mapping Musical Practice in Ireland’s Small Towns

Ana Oliveira (Lisbon): Do it Together Again: Networks, Flows and Spaces in the Construction of Music Careers in the Portuguese Indie Scene

Chair: Giacomo Bottá (Helsinki)
W.123 Collective Action & Community Building

Piet C.A. Severijnen (Nijmegen): The Communicative Function of Music in Processes of Citizen’s Participation

Jordan Zalis (St. John’s): ’This that new Toronto’: On Basketball, Music, Community Building, and Drake

Chair: Paula Guerra (Porto)
12.30 – 13.30h 1st Floor Lunch
13.30 – 14.30h W.HS 3 Plenary Lecture:

Susana Zapke (Vienna): The City as Text, the City as Melodic Imaginary Subjectivation

Host: Alenka Barber-Kersovan (Lüneburg)
14.45 – 16.15h Parallel Sessions  IV
W.122 Assemble and Build: Hip-Hop Archives and New Civic Identities

Mark Campbell (Toronto): Toronto Stand up! From T-Dot to the 6ix, or Not: The Role of Archiving Hip Hop in Remapping Toronto’s Identity

Murray Forman (Boston): ’To Promote and Preserve the Culture’: Hip-Hop in and as Urban Institution

Pacey Foster (Boston): Public Partners and Community Curators: Lessons from Building the Massachusetts Hip Hop Archive

Chair: Lisa Gaupp (Lueneburg)
W.123 The (In-)formality of Street Music

Jhessica Reia (Rio de Janeiro): Street Music, Informality, and the Right to the City: A Transnational Perspective

Melanie Ptatscheck (Lüneburg): ’Busker’s Philosophy’- Urban Stages and Street Musicians in Los Angeles

Alenka Barber-Kersovan (Lüneburg): Busk the City. Regulation and Festivalisation of Street Music

Chair: Will Straw (Montreal)
16.15 – 16.45h 1st Floor Coffee Break
16.45 – 18.15h Parallel Sessions V
W.122 Power and Politics

Pete Dale (Manchester): Remember the Riots in 1991? ’New Monkey’ in Newcastle upon Tyne and the Folk Memory of Public Disorder

Lisa Gaupp (Lüneburg): Urban Music Festivals and Politics of Diversity

Safa Canalp (Örebro): Towards a Notion of Subcultural Transfer- Part 4: The thin Line between Co-optation and Collaboration

Chair: Giacomo Bottá (Helsinki)
W.123 Affective Scenes

Sebastian Matthias (Berlin): Groove me – Choreographic Groove and the City

Pranoo Deshraju (Hyderabad): Sex and Sound in Bombay City: Aural Pleasure and Anxiety in Filmi Disco

Eduardo de la Fuente & Michael Walsh (Canberra): Sonic Textures: Listening Practices and the ’Framing’ of Urban Experience

Chair: Rosa Reitsamer (Vienna)
18.30h Music School Concert and Artist Talk ‘SessiOn Board’ 

Concerts by Ensemble Megaphon and Brass Riot

Artist Talk: Music Making and how it is Affected by Place, Moving & Seeking Refuge

Open Jam-Session

Get Together, Drinks & Fingerfood

This event is organized in cooperation with global board and funded by Stiftung Niedersachsen.


Sunday, 25th November 2018

  9.00 – 10.30h
Parallel Sessions VI
W.122 Social Engagement & Cultural Hegemony

Pete Dale (Manchester) & Pam Burnard (Cambridge): Urban Music as Culturally and Socially Engaged Practices Theorised

Volker Kirchberg & Leonie Seibel (Lüneburg): The Emerging Urban Significance of Contemporary Chamber and New Music Orchestras

Sigrún Lilja Einarsdóttir (Bifröst): The City of the Dreaming Spires: Cultural Hegemony, Social Diversity and Elitism in the Oxford Collegiate Choral Context

Chair: Alenka Barber-Kersovan (Lueneburg)
W.123 Scenes & Scenography

Kwende Kefentse (London): Scenography: A Methodology for the Spatial Analysis of Music Scenes, and a Window into their Value

Luiz Alberto Moura (Lisbon): Passion, Demos and Tapes: A Cartography of the Portuguese Indie Labels and Musical Scenes (1977-2017)

Paula Guerra (Porto): Lost in the Néons of a ’New City’: the Relations between the City and Music in Portugal from the Eighties to the Present

Chair: Robin Kuchar (Lueneburg)
10.30 – 11.00h 1st Floor Coffee Break
11.00-12.00h W.HS 3 Plenary Lecture:

Martin Cloonan (Turku): Glasgow Memories: Some Reflections in Being on a Scene

Host: Volker Kirchberg (Lueneburg)
Parallel Sessions VII
W.122 The Global vs. the Local in Urban Contexts

Michael Kahr (Graz): Jazz & the City: Local Music in Global Context

Iryna Paliy (Kharkiv): The Principles of “Global Village” in the Musicological Field

Chair: Lisa Gaupp (Lueneburg)
W.123 Sonic Materialities & Urban Rituals

Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich (Kiel): Surplus Trap: Towards a Materialist Analysis of Trap Music

Marek Jeziński (Torùn): Rituals that Groove the City: Music Festivals as the Urban Phenomenon

Chair: Rosa Reitsamer (Vienna)
13.30h W.HS 3 Closing Remarks
14.00h 1st Floor Quick Lunch & Coffee
14:30 – 16.00h W.122 Urban Music Studies Network Meeting

Conference review, discussion of next steps: book series ‘Urban Music Studies’& further events