Saturday, August 27, 2011

Call for Papers: Rock and Roles conference


23rd & 24th July 2012


Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London, UK.


Theme: Philosophy and sociology of popular music education


The Institute ( has been one of the world's leading providers of education in contemporary popular musics for almost thirty years. The Institute's 2nd biannual international conference, 'Rock and Roles', offers a forum for dissemination and discussion of research and practice on topics including, but not limited to:


  • Careers and continuation
  • Cultural perspectives
  • Creativity
  • Canon and the contemporary


Papers are invited from scholars at all stages in their careers. Research may be completed or ongoing.


Keynote speakers               

Ruth Wright (University of Western Ontario)



Academic review panel to include:

Dr Gareth Dylan Smith (Chair) (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance)

Terence Gregory (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance)

Atar Shafighian (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance)

Prof Andrew Blake (University of East London, Emeritus)

Dr Helena Gaunt (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

Prof Lucy Green (Institute of Education, University of London)

Dr Don Lebler (Griffith University)

Dr Richard Osborne (Middlesex University)

Dr Carlos Xavier Rodriguez (University of Michigan)

Chris Sampson (University or Southern California)

Dr Sidsel Karlsen (Hedmark University College)


Abstracts submission deadline:         1st November 2011

Presenters notified:                            15th January 2012

Registration from:                                1st February 2012

Early-bird registration:                        1st May 2012

Registration:                                         1st June 2012


Abstracts must be between 250 and 350 words, and should be emailed to Please include in the abstract any special requirements for your paper, and whether you propose to present a spoken paper, poster, panel, symposium, or workshop. Spoken papers will be allotted 20 minutes each, plus 5 minutes for questions; symposia will be scheduled for 30-45 minutes; workshops will be given 45-60 minutes.


Please send abstracts as MS Word documents. In your email, please include your name and institutional affiliation. Do not include your name or institutional affiliation in the body of the abstract, as all abstracts will subject to blind peer-review.


A conference website will be accessible in due course.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

University of Amsterdam: Assistant Professor ‘Pop Music and Popular Culture’

Assistant Professor 'Pop Music and Popular Culture'

full-time (38 hours per week)
vacancy number W11-136

With support from a generous financial endowment by the 'Duurzame Geesteswetenschappen' (Sustainable Humanities Project), the Faculty of Humanities is able to employ a new generation of scholars. This position is one of them.

The candidate has demonstrated outstanding competence in the field of pop music and popular culture studies. Since pop music and popular culture are major sources of the creation of meaning in the present audiovisual culture, s/he works in a multidisciplinary perspective, exploring and mutually relating musical, textual, media and performative aspects in a social, cultural and political context.

S/he has a keen eye for the possibilities of collaboration with other (performing) arts and arts related institutions and academies in Amsterdam as well as a proactive approach in initiating such collaborations. The scope of his/her interest in pop music and popular culture extends well beyond the North-Atlantic world and music industries.

S/he has an outspoken affinity with one or more of the faculty's research foci: first of all Globalization, with a possible development in relation to Heritage and Cognition.


  • teaching and developing teaching activities both as part of the programmes of Media Studies, and Arts, Religion and Culture Studies (Musicology) (55% of the tasks)
  • (co-)supervising Bachelor's and Master's theses
  • independently conducting research in the area mentioned, resulting in contributions to leading international publications (40% of the tasks)
  • co-supervising PhD candidates
  • making a contribution to raising contract and indirect funding
  • administrative duties (5% of the tasks)


  • relevant PhD degree
  • experience in research and excellent research skills, evidenced by publications in renowned international professional journals / book form
  • teaching experience at university level and demonstrable didactic abilities and / or training, evidenced by an educational portfolio
  • experience with digital and audio-visual equipment; affinity with ICT in academic education
  • team spirit and capable of functioning at all levels of more than one study programme
  • willingness to develop in a multidisciplinary capacity in order to be able to participate in multiple areas of the Faculty's curriculum
  • organisational experience and skills
  • thorough knowledge of Dutch and English; non-native Dutch speakers must achieve fluency in Dutch within two years

Further information

Further information can be obtained from:


The appointment will either be in the Department of Media Studies or in the Department of Art, Religion and Cultural Studies. In addition to regular teaching duties at one of the departments you will also be required to teach a minimum of 300 hours at the other department. Research will be caried out within the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) or the Institute of Culture and History (ICH).

The appointment will initially be for a period of no more than two years. Subject to satisfactory performance, a permanent appointment will be offered.

The gross monthly salary will range from €3,195 (scale 11) to €4,970 (scale 12) based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week).

Job application

Applications should be sent before 1 september 2011 to the Universiteit van Amsterdam, to the attention of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. J.F.T.M. van Dijck, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam. Please state the vacancy number in the upper left corner of the envelope. You may also submit your application by e-mail to with the vacancy number in the subject field.

Applications should include:

  1. a curriculum vitae
  2. a research proposal (max. 500 words) related to the theme and to the research priority area 'Cultural Transformations and Globalisation' or 'Cultural Heritage and Identity' (ICH)
  3. a proposal for a course that potentially fits in the Faculty's curriculum (bachelor's programme, 6 EC, given in eight weeks)

See for more information about the research priority areas and for the BA and MA programmes

The selection process will include a trial lecture. The interviews and trial lectures are scheduled for 10-14 October, 2011.

job vacancy: University of Hull

Music Technology Supervisor

Department of Drama and Music

The Department of Drama and Music wishes to appoint a Music Technology Supervisor, responsible for delivering teaching on undergraduate modules and managing the music technology provision. The successful candidate will join a department with a stylistically diverse musical life, and will be involved in supporting performance and composition activities, as well as contributing to the cultural offering of the University generally. The department benefits from a purpose built recording studio facility which the successful candidate will be responsible for managing, as well as computer labs equipped with Sibelius and ProTools software, and a film composition studio.


The successful candidate should have a good honours degree in Music or Music Technology, professional experience within a studio environment (including use of ProTools), and experience of sound engineering. Experience of teaching music technology at undergraduate level is also desirable.


Salary range £30,870 - £35,789 pa.


You can learn more about this position and apply by visiting the University jobs website at the address below (vacancy ref: FA0077).


To discuss this role informally, please contact Dr. Peter Elsdon, T 01482 465013, E


Closing date: 28 August 2011


Short listing will take place during w/c 29 August 2011 and interviews will take place during w/c 12 September 2011 (to be finalised).


For information about the department visit

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

IFCM World Summit and 11th China International Choral Festival

The World Choral Summit is a unique initiative that will bring
together thirty choral leaders from throughout the world. The Summit,
a joint project under the sponsorship of IFCM, the China Chorus
Association, China Entertainment and Arts Group, and China Cultural
International Tours Inc, will be held simultaneously with the 11th
China International Choral Festival.

Five choirs, each from a different continent, as well as many choirs
from throughout the world, will join with their Chinese counterparts
to participate in the Summit and Festival. The focus of the Summit
will be on ideas, concerns, and ways to enhance communication and
cooperation within the global community, as well as the exploration of
choral traditions . . . especially that of China.

Appropriately, the theme will be Voices in Harmony. The host city of
Beijing offers an ideal setting for choral leaders and choirs to
experience the hospitality and rich cultural tradition of the Peoples
Republic of China. The Summit and Festival will be events not to be