Friday, January 29, 2010

The Place and Purpose of Popular Music in Higher Education

Call for papers: 'The Place and Purpose of Popular Music in Higher Education'

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, UK will be hosting a conference on July 8 and 9 2010, entitled 'The Place and Purpose of Popular Music in Higher Education'.

Popular music has a growing presence in universities and other institutions of Higher Education, yet its relevance and purpose in the sector tend to remain on the fringes of academic discussion. Popular music occupies a minority niche at many music education conferences. At popular music conferences, education is rarely mentioned. The objective of this conference is to address this imbalance by providing a platform for scholarly exchange and debate.

Papers are invited on topics relating to the conference theme. The submission process is open for spoken papers and poster presentations.

Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

Place * The value of studying popular music * What does a popular music graduate do? * To what extent and in what ways is popular music perceived as an alternative to traditional music in Higher Education programmes? * What does popular music education look like around the world?

Purpose * What do we teach when we teach popular music? * What do students learn when they study popular music? * Curriculum and course design * What do popular music programmes expect of graduates? * The function in society of the popular music conservatoire * Directions for research in popular music and popular music education

Abstracts should be between 100 and 150 words in length. Please state your name, institutional affiliation and preferred contact email address. Please state whether your abstract is for a poster presentation or a spoken presentation.

Abstracts should be submitted via email to:

The closing date for the submission of abstracts is 15th March 2010 Notification of acceptance for presentations will be by April 8th For information about the conference, please visit: