27/06/2019
by Alenka Barber-Kersovan
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Manchester’s Post-punk Heritage: Mobilising and Contesting Transcultural Memory in the Context of Urban Regeneration

Urban memories are remediated and mobilised by different – and often conflicting – stakeholders, representing the heritage industry, municipal city branding campaigns or anti-gentrification struggles. As Dagmar Brunow states in her article, the Post-punk ‘retromania’ coincided with the culture-led regeneration … Continue reading

01/03/2019
by Timon Scheuer
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!Save the date: Feb 13th-15th, 2020 // Groove the City II conference!

We are very happy to announce the next edition of our Groove the City conference: From Feb13th-15th, 2020 the international community of urban music studies will again meet in the North of Germany close to Hamburg in Lueneburg, this time … Continue reading

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.

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The Battle for the High Street – Book by Phil Hubbard

23/02/2018 by Alenka Barber-Kersovan | 0 comments

Hight streets in British cities often carry strong
meanings in terms of social an cultural status. In this
book, Phil Hubbard analyses their development in times of
recession and austerity and points out how high streets
are shown to have long been regarded as the heart of many communities, but have declined to a state where boarded-up and vacant retail units are a familiar sight.

The book provides a powerful argument against retail
gentrification, and a timely analysis of class conflict in
austerity Britain. It will be of great interest to
scholars of geography, social policy and cultural studies.

Phil Hubbard – The Battle for High Street, Retail
Gentrification, Class and Disgust

Palgrave Macmillan, London – February 2017

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Weekend Societies – New Book by Graham St. John

12/02/2018 by Leonard Sprueth | 0 comments

In Weekend Societies we are introduced to the emergent field of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festivals and even-culture studies. Growing ubiquitous in contemporary social life, and providing participants with independent sources of belonging, these festivals and their event-cultures are diverse in organization, intent and outcome, EDM festivals are expressions of “freedoms” revolutionary and recreational.

Graham St. John points out an industry trend in the world dance music culture from raves and clubs towards festivals, featuring contributions from scholars of EDM festivals showcasing a diversity of methodological approaches, theoretical perspectives and representational styles.

 

 

Weekend Societies – Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures

Graham St. John – Bloomsbury Academic – 01.12.2017

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