CFP: Sonic Spaces: music landscapes, soundscapes and identity

CFP: Sonic Spaces: music landscapes, soundscapes and identity.

Call For Papers: RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Tuesday 28 August to Friday 31 August 2018, Cardiff University, Cardiff

Deadline: 2 February, 2018

Sponsored by the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group

Session convenors;

Kris Vavasour – Ara, New Zealand Broadcasting School, NZ

Heather Jeffrey – Middlesex University Dubai, DXB

Eveleigh B.M – Coventry University, UK

Sonic spaces feature in a broad spectrum of research, and proposals are welcome from any areas of geography, cultural/media studies, and other social sciences that engage with musical spaces and places.

This forum will discuss geographies of music and how these have developed, interconnecting with cultural practices, values and wider society, in keeping with the conference theme of landscapes. The social, legal, emotional, cultural, historical, political, environmental, and economic geographies of music and sonic spaces offer many angles through which to explore the changing landscapes/soundscapes of the world.

Potential topics include but are not restricted to:

  • Music festivals and gigs
  • Music subcultures, scenes & tribes
  • Music as resistance or protest
  • The night time or gig economy
  • Leisure spaces and music consumption
  • Drugs, drink and music scenes
  • City-based or regional sounds
  • Music and politics and/or legislation
  • Changing mediascapes of music
  • Music and Young People
  • Music and Gender

Accounts and reflections on research and fieldwork are encouraged. We invite empirical and theoretical papers around these themes and others related to musical landscapes, including alternative forms of presentation.

Please send; an abstract of no more than 250 words, indication of type of presentation (paper, performance, film etc), name, email contact and affiliation to Eve at eveleigh.buck(at) The deadline for submissions is the 2nd February. If you have any questions or concerns please be in touch.

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