Situating Popular Musics


The five-day conference is being hosted by the Department of Sociology in the Barratt Lecture Theatre Complex and has attracted over 120 delegates from six continents.

Sessions at the conference include topics such as South African jazz in exile, hip hop and politics, performing bodies and intellectual property.

The key note speakers are Phillip Tagg, John Collins and Steven Feld.

The full conference programme and abstracts click here

IASPM is the foremost organisation representing popular music scholars globally.

The conference theme is Situating Popular Musics, reflecting on 30 years of IASPM as an organisation and the need for Popular Music Studies to increase its focus on popular music contexts outside of (especially) the United Kingdom and the United States.

It is therefore very appropriate that the conference is taking place in Africa.

The IASPM executive is particularly pleased to note the considerable number of South African scholars presenting papers at this conference (including approximately 10 staff members and scholars from Rhodes University).


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