Popular Music Studies Today

The main theme of the upcoming 19th IASPM 2017 conference in Kassel, Germany

Important Dates / Conference deadlines
  • Opening registration: October 1, 2016
  • Deadline for receiving PDFs of full papers for the inclusion in the proceedings: Dec 23, 2016
  • Deadline for “early bird” registration (EUR 170): February 1, 2017 (normal rate EUR 200)
  • Program draft: March 1, 2017
  • Conference registration deadline: April 1, 2017
  • Withdraw registration at just a 10,- EUR fee: April 30th, 2017
  • Final program: May 31, 2017
Kulturbahnhof - Conference room
General Information

In the last week of June 2017, the University of Kassel and the German speaking branch IASPM-D-A-CH welcome you to the first international conference in Germany since 1991. The conference will take place in the “Kulturbahnhof” conference center (Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 6, 34117 Kassel, Germany). Based on the previous CALL FOR PAPERS issued by the academic committe, the conference will cover the six following streams:

Researching Popular Music, Analyzing Popular Music, Teaching and Learning Popular Music, Remapping Popular Music, Narrating Popular Music, Technology and Popular Music

Kulturbahnhof Kassel

The “Kulturbahnhof” conference center is located in a large brick building that was used for storage purposes in the old days. It was part of Kassel’s former main station (“Hauptbahnhof”) which now serves as a regional train station. The conference center  is barrier-free, has two stories and consists of six lecture rooms holding between 60-400 each. More rooms and cinema theaters for film screenings will be added from other parts of the Kulturbahnhof. The building itself also hosts museum and archive of Kassel’s 19th century composer and violinist Louis Spohr, a radion station, a cinema, a cartoon gallery and various shops/cafes.

How to get to Kassel

As for flights, we suggest to fly into Frankfurt, which will offer most possibilities and eventually best prices. There is a train station at the airport and some trains go direct to Kassel (the name of the main station is Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe) in 1h45min. It is a bit of a hassle but you can also take a local train and change at Frankfurt Main Station (Hauptbahnhof).

Tickets can be looked after here and can now be booked six months ahead:
» Train information & ticket booking (english)

Hotels and Guesthouses

In Kassel you can find plenty of hotels. We compiled a list of hotels with over 200 spare beds. However, some require the use of public transport also indicated on the list. For this purpose, we suggest using the “Kassel Card” (EUR 12 for three days / 2 persons) which can be purchased at the Tourist Information inside the Wilhelmshöhe train station. We highly recommend not to wait much longer with booking hotels.

Please also consider using web-platforms such as Trivago or Airbnb to find and book accommodation. However, many private offers will only be put up once the documenta art exhibition (running from June 10 – Sept 17, 2017) approaches.

Click “More info” for a detailed Google Map and a list of all hotels.


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Keynote speakers

There will be 3 Keynotes. Nominations coming soon …

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Keynote 3



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Register to 19th IASPM 2017 now

Opening Oct 1st, 2016. Create an account and register for the conference. Payments via bank transfer, credit cards and PayPal will be possible. After clicking the Button, you will immediately be forwarded to our external conference administration tool.

IASPM 2017 sponsor

The conference is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

  • Kulturbahnhof Kassel
  • Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1, 34117 Kassel
  • iaspm2017@uni-kassel.de
  • 0049 177 3508106