by Leonard Sprueth

The Urban Research Plaza’s 16th Urban Culture Forum – Call for Papers

Happy to announce! Next years Urban Culture Forum puts special emphasis on the various aspects of Creative and Responsive Citizenship and the artistic approaches of promoting such.

The Urban Research Plaza will hold its 16th edition on March 7th – 8th, 2018, Bangkok, with the overall topic of Education for Creative and Responsive Citizenship.

Researchers, artists and people involved into urban planning that set themselves apart with cross – disciplinary and cross – cultural practices with a focus on sustainable development of cities, as well as enhancement of cultural continuity, are gladly called to participate.

The Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Osaka City University, Japan anually invite contributers thoughout various disciplines such as visual art, music, cultural studies, ethnomusicology or creative arts therapies for a progressive gathering in the Urban Culture Forum and now are spotlighting the complexity of educative ways that promote contemporary forms of Citizenship, accenting art as a communicative tool.


Abstract Deadline will be November 30, 2017.

More: Urban Culture Forum – 16th Edition

The Urban Research Plaza is a Partnership between Japan & Thailand.



by R. Kuchar

KISMIF Conference 2018 – Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the fourth KISMIF International Conference ‘Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! Gender, differences, identities and DIY cultures’ (KISMIF Conference 2018) which will take place in Porto, Portugal, between 3 July and 7 July 2018. This initiative follows the great success of the three past editions of the KISMIF Conference and brings together an international community of researchers focusing on underground music scenes and do-it-yourself culture. The 4th edition of KISMIF will focus on ‘Gender, differences, identities and DIY cultures’, directing its attention on gender issues relating to underground scenes and DIY cultures, and their manifestation at local, translocal and virtual levels. In 2018, the scientific programme of KISMIF will once again be accompanied by a diverse social and cultural programme, characterised by a series of artistic events, with special focus on underground music and other artistic expressions. The aim is to provide a unique experience in terms of the transglobal DIY cultures. KISMIF Convenors Andy Bennett & Paula Guerra.

Adriana Amaral, Ana da Silva, Anthony Fung, Gina Birch, Helen Reddington, Jodie Taylor, John Robb, Jordan Mooney, Lucy O’Brien,
Michael MacDonald, Motti Regev, Rosa Reitsamer, Sara Cohen, The Raincoats.

More: KISMIF Website

by R. Kuchar

Sensing the City – Mapping the Beat

A very interesting work about Musicking in the city by Katie Rochow. The study documents the way in which music making serves as a vehicle for the social production of place and the creation of an affective attachment to that place both individual and collective. The analysis contains research of the two cities Wellington and Copenhagen.

by R. Kuchar

Memphis Music Cities Convention – Final Schedule and Speakers

Memphis Mucis Cities Convention just published the conference´s final programme and speakers appearing at the event from  Oct. 25th to 27th, 2017.

Have a look at the schedule and panel descriptions and the international speakers from municipalities, regions, academics, consultancies and the music industry  who will discuss, debate and introduce new thinking, action and structure regarding Music Cities.



by R. Kuchar

Music Cities Convention Memphis, Oct. 26, 2017

Music Cities Convention is the largest and most extensive gathering on Music Cities. The conference brings together leaders from governments, cities and regions, academics, organisations and the music scene to discuss, debade and introduce new thinking. On October 26th 2017, Music Cities Convention will be held in Mephis with its ritch musical legacy and vibrant music scene.

More http://www.musiccitiesconvention.com/memphis-information/

by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

Urban musics and musical practices in sixteenth-century Europe

In their interdisciplinary research project, carried out between 2012 and 2016 at CSIC, Institución y Mila Fontanals, the principal investigator Dr. Tess Knighton and her team explored the 16th century urban music culture in Barcelona. They analysed the comopolitan social structure of the Catalonian capital and provided  insides in the cultural life of that time which go far beyond the official historiographical writing, sheding the spotlight on those who have not hitherto featured in the musical narrative of the city. The project which made considerable strides towards establishing new perspectives and possibilities for the cultural mapping of European urban music history, was sponsored by the Marie Curie Foundation. More.

by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

CfP: Global Trends in the Popular Culture and Nighttime Entertainment of European Cities, 1880s–1930s

The role that dance halls, cabarets and variety theatres, and cultural imports like the cakewalk, tango and jazz played in the rise of a pan-European and global commercial popular culture, has been addressed either from the perspective of a single city or a comparison between Western and North American metropolises. Thus while London, Berlin, Paris and New York have attracted scholarly attention, less is known about how other European cities like Lisbon, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Athens, Cracow, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen and Stockholm. With this in mind, during the 14th International Conference on Urban History in Rome a special session will be dedicated to the night time entertainment in Central and Southern Europe. More

by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

Symphony of a Metropolis II: ‘We Stood Like Kings’

The original music for Ruttmanns ‘Symphony of a metropolis’ was composed by Edmund Meisel and played live with a symphony orchestra. However, Ruttmanns semi-documentary portrait of Berlin remains as a strong inspiration for creating new soundtracks up until now. The Belgian neoclassical post-rock band ‘We Stood Like Kings’ specialize in producing live soundtracks for silent films and/or use selected film-scenes as part of their multi-media performances.


by Alenka Barber-Kersovan

CfP: Marseille ? Naples : deux métropoles musicales transculturelles de Méditerranée

In addition to numerous other similarities, the Mediterranean cities Marseille and Naples offer very lively music scenes with significant parallels (and, of course, differences). Examples of comparable phenomena point to typical forms of popular song (“canzone napoletana”/”chansons deMarseille”), the close amalgamation of music and theatre (“opérette marseillaise”, “sceneggiata napoletana”, “macchietta”) and the “creolized metropolitan sound”. In order to highlight these issues the University of Insbruck and the Université Aix-Marseille are calling for contributions for a conference entitled Marsiglia ? Napoli: due metropoli musicali transculturali del Mediterraneo / Marseille ? Naples : deux métropoles musicales transculturelles de Méditerranée. More…