CfP: “Groove the City”


Urban Music Policies between Informal Networks and Institutional Governance

International symposium of the Urban Music Studies Scholars Network in collaboration with the Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization, Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

Since Urban Music Studies are a lively field of research with a high discursive and trans- disciplinary potential, we welcome critical reflections from a broad range of disciplines, such as for example: Historical Musicology, Sociology of Music, Urban Theory, Urban Sociology, Policy Studies/ Political Science, Geography, Ethnomusicology, Popular Music Studies, Cultural Studies, Architecture, Media Studies, Sustainability Studies or Intersectionality & Diversity Studies,  All musical genres can be subjects of discussion, and though the focus should lay on the current situation, historical contributions are also of interest.

In order to better understand these 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, the Urban Music Studies Scholars Network organizes a symposium related to these issues on November 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2018 at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.

 Abstracts of papers and group sessions are invited on any of the following topics: • Theoretical and conceptual frameworks
• Historical backgrounds
• Music as a part of the intrinsic logic of cities
• Power relationships in different musical fields
• Prevailing discourses, political strategies and practical examples
• Interurban competition and the standardization of cities policies on a global level • Musical ecosystems, scene structures and symbolic economy
• Institutionalization of informal musical practices
• Social-economic impacts of neo-liberal policies on micro spheres of musical life

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Martin Cloonan (University of Turku)
Prof. Dr. Will Straw (McGill University Montreal)
NN (to be announced)

The conference language is English. Proposals can be submitted
for panels on a specific topic (with three presentations, 60 minutes + 30 minutes discussion),
for single papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion), or
for a poster presentation of (PhD) projects.
Please include your name, your academic affiliation, title, an abstract of 250 words, five keywords, a short biographical note of no more than two sentences, and your contact information.

For more details please contact us or check the complete call for tender!
Contact: Leuphana Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization ISCO

Deadline for the proposals will be May 10th 2018!
The notification of acceptance will follow before August 1st 2018.
A publication of selected papers is planned.
Please submit your abstract via e-mail to

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