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Call for Papers: Popular music and identity politics

September 22, 2015

Reblogged from the Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte

Call for Papers

Popular music and identity politics: making, archiving, transmitting, and receiving radio

Organizers: SNSF project “Broadcasting Swissness”: University of Basel, University of Zurich, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
in cooperation with Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte e.V.

Date & Venue: Feb. 18–20, 2016, University of Zürich

Deadline for proposals: Oct 31, 2015

Keynote speakers: Erika Brady (Western Kentucky University); Morten Michelsen (University of Copenhagen, DK); N.N.

Research concerning the radio is experiencing a revival in the last years within the humanities. Interdisciplinary studies that are inspired by various approaches such as sound studies or anthropology of the senses address cultural identity politics through the radio, e.g. the history of broadcasting stations, the programs, or broadcasting archives as audiovisual heritage. Not least, they address the meaning of radio for and within the everyday life world by investigating the reception of radio programs or the shift towards online media.

The conference draws on the current research and asks for the acoustic dimension of cultural politics resp. identity politics on and through radio, and for the actors, practices, discourses as well as institutional and societal contexts. It is aimed at bringing together the different research strands within the humanities concerning identity politics, popular/folk music and radio as a research topic. Researchers are invited to send proposals that deal with radio ethnographically, in case studies or theoretically, in a historical perspective or focusing on the present days, in an artistic or museological view. Distinctly, not only researchers from folklore/social and cultural anthropology or related fields are called to send abstracts, but also researchers from neighboring disciplines. To a certain degree it will be possible to present acoustic contributions.

Conference languages are German, English, and French.

Interested colleagues are asked to send proposals with theme/title, abstract of max. 300 words, short CV and technical requirements per e-mail to: Johannes Müske, & Karoline Oehme-Jüngling,

Decisions will be pronounced by Nov. 30, 2015. In some cases travel expenses can be reimbursed.


Dr. Johannes Müske
Universität Zürich
Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft
– Populäre Kulturen –
Affolternstr. 56
CH–8050 Zürich
Tel.: 0041 (0) 44 634 4087

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