Symposium: Looking Back, Moving Forward (Oxford)

„Looking Back, Moving Forward: A half-day symposium on Popular Music Studies in the regions“
21st May 2015 — Snow Room (JHB408), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington
Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford (map)

This will be a half-day symposium to gather together different perspectives on the current state of popular music studies, and to discuss the possibility of setting up a regional group for popular music scholars, focused on Oxford but incorporating the Midlands and home counties.

The symposium includes:-

  • Keynote lecture by Dave Laing: A ‚Broad (and at times uneasy)‘ coalition: What place Popular Music Studies in UK Higher Education?
  • Panel discussion featuring Dai Griffiths (Oxford Brookes University), Rupert Till (Chair of IASPM UK), Jason Stanyek (University of Oxford), Jason Toynbee (Open University) and Dave Laing: Thinking local, national and global: How do formal and informal popular music networks strengthen or dilute the study of Popular Music Studies?
  • OxPAN: Time for a new regional PMS network? Open discussion on whether there is a need or desire for a new regional network.

For more information and full details of the event, please click here:

Free and open to all (although please do bear in mind the local focus of the event)

To book your place, please contact Emma Webster (

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