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 30, 2017
  • Withdraw registration at just a 10,- EUR fee: April 30, 2017
  • Final program: May 31, 2017
  • Download final program (June 27th, 2017) >
  • Download Abstracts-book as PDF-file >
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.

End of the 19th IASPM Conference:

Friday, 30th of June 2017 at 6.00 p.m.

Keynote speakers

Robin James - USA

Monday, 9:30 - 10:30, ROOM 1

Chill Pop, Feminine Excess & Lemonade’s Demonic Calculus: “Harmony” as an Ideal in the 21st Century
More info >

    Prof. Dr. André Doehring - Austria

    Wednesday, 11:30 - 12:30, ROOM 1

    Fish and fowl? Mapping the no-man’s-land between popular music studies and jazz studies
    More info >


      The final Conference Program of the 19th IASPM 2017. Updated June 10th, 2017.
      » Download final program (PDF)

      Chill Pop, Feminine Excess & Lemonade’s Demonic Calculus: “Harmony” as an Ideal in the 21st Century

      Robin James - USA

      N1 PANEL - Emerging practices in curating popular music histories (R1)
      M1 Session: European remappings (R4)
      M2 Session: Asia I (R5a)
      L1 Session: Cultural approaches (R5b)
      L2 Session Session: Popular music in higher education (JBW)
      T1 Session: Transgression (OK1)
      R1 Session: Reseraching places and spaces I (OK2)

      A1 Session: Analysing sound, gender and beyond (R1)
      M3 PANEL - News (and Olds News) from Latin America: Perspectives on Popular Music and Popular Culture (R2)
      T2 Session: Creativity (R4)
      N2 Session: Success and Failure: Identity Politics and Media Branding (R5a)
      M4 Session Asia II (R5b)
      R2 Session: Researching places and spaces II (JBW)
      R3 PANEL - Dancecult Presents… EDM Sound and Production (OK2)

      R4 PANEL - Relations between popular music and Christianity: Interdisciplinary research on historical developments in East and West Germany, 1970–1990 (R4)
      T3 PANEL - The Role of Mixing as a creative tool (R5a)
      A2 Session: Case studies in rock (R5b)
      M5 PANEL - Interrogating the Music City: Melbourne, Australia (JBW)
      A3 PANEL - The perfect girls are pink, not black: gender and difference in the popular music (OK1)
      R5 PANEL - Dancecult Presents… EDM Scenes (OK2)

      09:00 - 11:00
      Paper Parallel Sessions / Panels - all rooms

      N2 PANEL - East Asian Popular Music and Nostalgia: Local and Global Imaginations (R1)
      A4 Session: Analysing performance, structure, affect and groove (R2)
      T4 Session: Streaming (R4)
      M6 PANEL - Pushing the Boundaries: Studies in Popular Music of the Low Countries (R5a)
      M7 Session: North America (R5b)
      A5 Session: Analysing voice (JBW)
      M8 PANEL - War Of Songs: Popular Music And Russia-Ukraine Relations Since 2014 (OK1)
      R6 PANEL - Dancecult Presents… EDM Contexts and Representations (OK2)

      M9 PANEL - Music moves (R2)
      M10 PANEL - Constructing Multicultural Identities in Korea (R4)
      M11 Session: Northern Europe (R5a)
      N3 Session: 'Writing' narratives of Rock and Pop (R5b)
      R7 Session: Recording & Technology (JBW)
      T5 Session: Visual/Music/Video (OK1)
      R8 PANEL - Dancecult Presents… Electronic Dance Music and DJ Culture Research Today / DJ Cultures (OK2)

      A6 PANEL - Not Left To Our Own Devices: Analysing Music Together (R1)
      M12 PANEL - Feedback Loops In Changing Currents: Transnational Repercussions in Japanese Popular Music (R2)
      M13 Session: Eastern and Southern Europe (R4)
      M14 Session: Spain and beyond I (R5a)
      L3 Session: Popular music and teaching (R5b)
      N4 PANEL - Rethinking (Popular) Music in the Anthropocene Era (JBW)
      M15 PANEL - Popular Music in Socialist Yugoslavia (OK1)
      R9 PANEL - Dancecult Presents… Electronic Dance Music and DJ Culture Research Today / Music (OK2)

      09:00 - 11:.00
      Paper Parallel Sessions / Panels - all rooms

      T6 Session: Music Biz (R1)
      A7 Session: Analysing sonic experiences and representations (R2)
      M 16 PANEL - Independents and Independence: Pop, Politics and the Indie Ethos (R4)
      T7 Session: Production (R5a)
      R10 PANEL - Collapse under the Revolution: Fragmented punk scenes outside Anglo-Saxon sphere (R5b)
      M17 Session: Hispanic Diaspora (JBW)
      N5 Session: Rock Albums and Indie Aesthetics (OK1)
      R11 PANEL - Dancecult Presents… Electronic Dance Music and DJ Culture Research Today / Gender (OK2)

      Fish and fowl? Mapping the no-man’s-land between popular music studies and jazz studies

      Prof. Dr. André Doehring - Austria

      Documenta 14 in Kassel
      Water Games at Herkules/Bergpark
      Walking tour of Kassel-University Campus and the historical city-center
      Berlepsch Castle
      Gedenkstätte Breitenau
      Fulda boat ride
      Day trip to Berlin
      and more ...

      Fish and fowl? Mapping the no-man’s-land between popular music studies and jazz studies

      Prof. Dr. André Doehring - Austria

      Chasing the China Wind: A Musical Journey (Chen-Yu Lin) 28 Min.

      R12 PANEL - Perspectives on German Popular Music (Studies) (R1)
      A8 PANEL - So What? Contemporary Approaches to the Interpretation and Analysis of Disparate Popular Musics (R2)
      M18 PANEL - “Saudades” Brazilian Popular Music – Far Away So Close (R4)
      M19 PANEL - Mapping musical Europe: music, belonging and place. (R5a)
      R13 Session: Listening (R5b)
      L4 Session: Musician's agency (OK1)
      R14 PANEL - Dancecult Presents… Electronic Dance Music and DJ Culture Research Today / Contexts (OK2)

      N6 PANEL - “Narratives of Drum Kit Performance” (R1)
      A9 PANEL - Shaping Sounds and Sound as Shapes in Popular Songs – Contemporary Analytical Approaches (R2)
      M20 PANEL - Remapping Indie pop-rock in East Asia (R4)
      R15 Session: Criticism & humour (R5a)
      T8 Session: Instruments & Tools (R5b)
      T9 Session: Storage / Archive (JBW)
      N7 Session: The Raced, Gendered, Sexed, Aged Body in Performance Practice (OK1)

      09:00 - 10:30
      Paper Parallel Sessions / Panels - all rooms

      L5 PANEL - Collaborating musicians between stage and music industry (R1)
      T10 Session: Mixing (R4)
      M21 PANEL - Popular music and dance craze in the Lusophone and Spanish-speaking world: the disco as a postcolonial ritual space (R5a)
      L6 Session: Singing in popular music (R5b)
      R17 Session: Persona and Self (JBW)
      M22 Session: Ethical Remappings (OK1)
      N8 Session: Festivals and Scenes (OK2)

      M23 Session: Global Remappings (R4)
      M24 PANEL - The Power of Pop: Musical Genres and the construction of identity in Argentina (R5b)
      N9 PANEL - Rewriting and Rereading Narratives of U.S. Popular Music (JBW)
      R18 Session: History of popular music studies (OK1)

      R19 Session: History and historiography (R1)
      N10 Session: Historiographies of National Memory and Nostalgia (R2)
      R20 PANEL - Researching popular Music through a live music census (R4)
      M25 Australia and New Zealand (R5a)
      N11 PANEL - Paying the Piper: Constructing Narrative in the Contemporary Music Industries (R5b)
      M26 PANEL - French Popular Music Studies Today (JBW)
      L7 PANEL - Copycat Crimes And Learning By Example: the use of mimesis in popular music learning (OK1)
      A10 Session: Analysing form and changing genre conventions (OK2)
      T11 PANEL - Lo-fi worldwide: current local scenes and the precariousness of underground music (RNN)

      Online Registration is now closed.

      You will be able to register on site at the conference office.
      Tel. 0049 177 3508106

      IASPM 2017 sponsor

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

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