by R. Kuchar

Final Programme – ‘Groove the City’ – Urban Music Politics Between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance

We are very happy to announce the final programme of our conference in the end of November. Beside of the 3 Keynote speeches by Will Straw, Susana Zapke & Martin Cloonan, Groove the City conference will offer around 40 exciting paper presentations in order to discuss the field of Urban Music Studies. The conference´s special events will include the official Conference Dinner on the first night of the meeting, and on the evening of Nov. 24th, a ‘SessiOn Board’ concert and artist talk in cooperation with global board and Stiftung Niedersachsen. We are really lloking forward to three days of scientific, social and cultural exchange.

You can find the detailed conference programme here: Programme ‘Groove the City 2018’

Shortly we will also publish the conference´s book of abstracts.

by Leonard Sprueth

IASPM-US Conference / Call for Papers

For next years conference, the The International Association for the Study of Popular Music – United States will invite to New Orleans, Louisiana, March 7-10, 2019.

The Assosiaction calls for proposals for individual papers and panels on any aspect of popular music, those on the musical cultures of New Orleans; music in and of the global and local South; and music and race and resistance are especially welcomed. Thematically will be looked upon the topic of “Musical Cities: Music, Historiography, and Myth”. Possible Subdivisions here might include:

  • Cities, music, and race
  • Musical legends and apocrypha
  • Specific cities as places of musical genre origin
  • Space and place in music-making
  • New Orleans as a site of resistance, rebuilding, reconstruction, and gentrification
  • Intersectionality in musical cultures
  • Music and historiography in the context of global and local Souths
  • Religion and spirituality in musical cultures

As an interdisciplinary organization, IASPM-US is open to include work from different angles of view such as scholars of race, religion, sexuality, gender, geography, folklore, history and further more. The program’s committee consists of Kendra Preston Leonard (chair), John Dougan, Murray Forman, Shana Goldin-Perschbacher, Anthony Kwame Harrison, and Jennifer Stoever.


To find out more about formal & thematical requirements, click here!

by R. Kuchar

Preliminary Programme Online – ‘Groove the City’ – Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance

Hi there again,

after having opened registration for our conference yesterday, we are proud to announce that the preliminary programme of ‘Groove the City – Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance’ now is completed.

Have a look at Keynotes, Paper Sessions and Conference Events taking place from Nov. 23rd to 25th on the Programme Site.

Don´t forget to registrate until Oct. 15th! All information about registration you find here.

Hopefully see you in November!

The organizing committee

by R. Kuchar

Registration Open! ‘Groove the City’ – Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance

We are very happy to announce that registration for the 1st international conference of Urban Music Studies Network held from Nov. 23rd-25th, 2018 at Leuphana University of Lueneburg is open now. Until Oct. 15th you can register for conference participation and conference events. For each participant, we provide options regarding special requirements (e.g. child-care, barrier-free access).

Conference Fees are 120,00 € for Regular Participants (General Admission and Paper Presenters), 70,00 € for Students, Phd Students and Unemployed Scholars and  60,00 € for Day Tickets (valid on Friday or Saturday or Sunday).

Please make your registration here: https://www.conftool.org/groove-the-city-2018/

Shortly we will provide more detailed information about the conference programme and events on the conference website.


by Leonard Sprueth

XIV. Symposium zur Filmmusikforschung – Mapping Spaces, Sounding Places: Geographies of Sound in audiovisual Media

In collaboration with the Università di Pavia – Dipartimento di Musicologia e Beni Culturali, the Kieler Gesellschaft für Filmmusikforschung invites for a symposium of how sound design, film music and music editing in general exert a primary function in conveying senses of space and place in audiovisual media.

Together we will explore how strategies for connoting space and place in film sound and music vary with cinematic practices across history and according to transnational patterns of negotiation between global and local modes of production. The focus is also set on mutually embodied insights into specific socio-historical contexts and the documentation of human geographies.

The conference aims to bring together scholars interested in mapping geographies of music and sound practices in audiovisual media (e.g. film, television, video games, interactive art). Cultural, ethnographic, historical, analytical, data-driven and aesthetic approaches are welcome, as well as research on industrial and commercial practices.

More information regarding speakers & paper addressing can be found here

Conference date and venue:
19-22 March 2019
Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage, University of Pavia (Cremona)

Interactive Music Mapping Vienna – Research Project

06/06/2018 by Leonard Sprueth | 0 comments

Exploring a City. 1945 up to the Present Day

Lead by Susana Zapke, keynote-speaker at our conference in November, this research project tackles the role of music in urban context as an instrument of social identification and the question of how music is symbolically used in municipal politics. The city of Vienna hereby functions as an example to point out the ways music can be responsible for creating specific city spheres and ideological subjects.

In this manner, cultural and social practices are looked upon to identify the modus operandi of the city as well as its social dispositions. Vienna’s site-specificity will thereby be attributed to the acoustic-tonal construct inherited.

This particular research-emphasis was developed through the entanglement of scientific and artistic approaches and practices of diverse projects at the MUK Vienna since 2012.

More info

by R. Kuchar

Reminder: Conference Call ‘Groove the City’ – Deadline on May 10th

‘Groove the City’ – Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance is the 1st international conference of the Urban Music Studies Network that will be held from Nov. 23rd to 25th, 2018 at Leuphana University of Lueneburg. We would kindly like to remind you that the deadline for the conference´s call for papers is approaching and – again like to encourage the submission of paper presentations, panels and posters.

The conference issues a better understanding of structures, processes and underlying mechanisms of urban music between politics and policies, local and global influences, and economic and social interests on micro vs. macro levels. For more information have a look at the call for papers.

The keynote programme of the conference is also alreday confirmed and we are very happy to welcome three international experts on music policy and the city: Prof. Dr. Will Straw (McGill University Montreal), Prof. Dr. Susana Zapke (Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna), and Prof. Dr. Martin Cloonan (University of Turku).

For abstract submissions and for any questions regarding the conference and the network contact us via urbanmusicstudies@leuphana.de

Hopefully see you in November

The organizing committee

by R. Kuchar

‘Groove the City’ – Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance

The 1st international conference of Urban Music Studies Network will be held from Nov. 23rd-25th, 2018 at Leuphana University of Lueneburg. We are welcoming everyone interested to take part. Please have a look at the conference´s call for papers and the preliminary information on programme and registration.