CfP: What Will Remain of the Eighties? (Parma)

2015 IASPM Italian Branch Conference:
„What Will Remain of the Eighties? Popular Music and Jazz in Italy between 1980 and 2000“
13-14 February 2015 – Arrigo Boito Conservatory, Parma
Deadline: December 31st, 2014

The 1980s and 1990s have been overlooked for a long time in music history studies, in spite of the big technological, economic, social, political changes that took place in those decades: Reaganism and Thatcherism, the fall of the Soviet bloc, globalization, and the gradual dismantling of the welfare state. In music, the 1980s and 1990s brought the development of samplers and computer-based instruments, the creation and mass marketing of digital formats, satellite broadcasts, MTV, hard disk and laptop recording, “world music”, and stylistic innovations in many music genres.

In those decades Italian history was marked by specific events and political-cultural movements: terrorism, the political ambitions of a new class of social climbers, corruption scandals, the end of the so-called First Republic, localism, the growth of commercial radio and TV stations, and an increasingly strong interrelation between media ownership and political power, which affected all cultural activities and the music industry with enduring effects.

It’s a time offering many suggestions for investigation – still underdeveloped. Popular music scholars as well as jazz scholars are invited to participate in this Conference, not only because they are both involved in the current development of music studies in Italian Conservatories, but also in order to enlarge – hopefully – the scope of research into the subject.

We will welcome papers addressing, with reference to the 1980s and 1990s in Italy, topics such as:

  • Music, media and new audiences
  • Music and politics
  • Changes in the record industry
  • New musical practices
  • Music and nostalgia
  • Genres, mainstream, underground
  • Local scenes
  • Case studies

An abstract (300 words max) and a short biographic note (100 words max) must be submitted to, indicating name and surname, affiliation, and email address, before December 31st, 2014.

The Conference’s programme will include selected papers, a round table with music business professionals, and invited keynote speeches. Papers will be published (more information will follow).

Membership of IASPM is mandatory for all Conference participants. It will be possible to subscribe during registration.

At the end of the Conference the annual General Assembly of IASPM Italian branch will be held. The state of the art of popular music and jazz studies in Italian Universities and Conservatories will be one of the subjects for discussion.

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The Scientific Committee:

Franco Fabbri
Maurizio Franco
Vincenzo Perna
Francesco D’Amato

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