In conversation with the broad theme of "Gathering Diversities," members of IASPM-CA will explore questions concerning popular music, its aims and claims regarding diversity, and its impact in promoting equity in a wide range of contexts and scenes.
Diversity has long been a stated goal for institutions, organizations, and communities of all types, yet diversity remains a complex and contested issue, particularly in the field of popular music. Collectively, members of IASPM-CA ask: to what extent does popular music productively model and promote diversity, and to what extent does diversity extend beyond surface appearances to institutional structures? To what extent is diversity in itself a laudable goal if not accompanied by equity and social justice?
IASPM-CA's meeting will consist of individual papers and panels on all popular music topics but will emphasize certain themes that approach and analyze "gathering diversities" in a broad sense. For example: how is popular music used to construct diverse communities? How does popular music play a role in the creation and construction of dialogic, cross-cultural ensembles and collaborations? In what ways does popular music promote homogeneity, which we might consider "diversity's opposite?" What are the ethics of popular music studies and its claims of intellectual and institutional diversity? Finally, how are tropes of diversity staged, performed, and painfully lacking; how can popular music studies spark structural change and promote justice?
Conference attendees will take part in a vital dialogue with internationally renowned scholars, addressing pressing social issues concerning diversity, equity, and social justice through popular music. Presenters and attendees with engage with and analyze musical texts, representations of identity in popular music, music and media industry practices, and discourses surrounding diversity as they are produced through and relate to popular music.
Popular music and difference; Collaboration in popular music performance & scholarship; Popular music and homogeneity; Intellectual diversity and ethics in popular music studies (and its contributing disciplines, such as Sociology, Cultural Studies, Musicology, Comparative Literature, Media Studies, Psychology, Music Theory, among others); Critiques of discourses of diversity
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Steven Baur, Dalhousie University
Charity Marsh, University of Regina