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*"Une place dans le monde": Musique et appartenance / Canada 150*

*“A Place in This World”: Music and Belonging / Canada 150*

IASPM-Canada Annual Conference

Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2016

May 25-27, 2017

Full call for papers here:

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

In a queer dance club, a Black Lives Matter or Idle No More protest, at the
Tragically Hip’s “farewell” concert this past August, in the context of
Canadian confederation or elsewhere, music is a powerful means through
which participants can enact a sense of belonging. Of course, as
demonstrated by Brexit, the Syrian refugee crisis, celebrations of Canada’s
150th birthday (branded as “Canada 150”), and activism on behalf of
murdered and missing indigenous women, any enactment of belonging also
carries with it a series of struggles over who is included and excluded,
over whose voice and experiences matter. Music is integral to these
processes of inclusion and exclusion.

Our theme encourages participants to explore questions of musical belonging
in a wide range of contexts. How does music shape national belonging,
particularly in Canada, a settler colonial nation with complex racial and
language politics, as well as a music industry shaped by multinational
forces? How does music shape communities and counterpublics on dance
floors, concert venues, and parade routes? How do archives and methods
shape our sense of what music matters? How does musical performance and
policy draw boundaries around the human and between people?

As this is our annual conference for IASPM-Canada, we also encourage
proposals of any popular music topic, and we hope to include the widest
array of scholarship in the field as possible.


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