Call for Papers – Music and Gentrification
Public Engagement Event for the Institute of Musical Research
Goldsmiths, University of London, April 6, 2018
This one-day conference aims to address the ways in which music
supports and intersects with gentrification. It is a free event that
encourages dialogue between scholars and members of the public, as
well as between scholars within different disciplines. It is
particularly hoped that the event will be particularly geared towards
group discussions: it will be bookended by short discussions between
confirmed speakers, and a respondent who has worked on music and
gentrification outside of the academy.
Proposals are invited for papers of twenty minutes' length with ten
minute for questions, and shorter papers – of ten minutes with five
minutes for questions, or flexible panels – are particularly
Papers might focus on the following topics:
- How does the performance of music interact with and change urban space?
- How does music compare to visual art, traditionally seen as
the biggest vehicle for gentrification?
- What impact does the phrase 'urban music' have for
gentrification? More broadly, how is gentrification conditioned by
discourse on music?
- What impact do the musical categories of high and low, art and
popular, or underground and mainstream, have for gentrification?
- How does technology help mediate processes of gentrification?
- How are the categories of race, class, and even gender,
implicated in music and gentrification?
- What impact does heritage have for music and gentrification?
For more details on the four confirmed speakers, the rationale behind
the conference, and some bibliographic material, see the event
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a biographic
note of 50-100 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 16
Institute of Musical Research
London WC1E 7HU
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