CIACSI e-Newsletter, Vol.IV No.16 (December 30, 2013)

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  Volume IV No.16 / December 30, 2013

 Season's Greeting for year of the blue horse!

 Schedule for 9th Steering Committee Meeting

Title: the 9th CIACSI Steering Committee Meeting in Surabaya
Date: January 24-25, 2014
Place: the University of Airlangga

The schedule for the 9th Steering Committee Meeting in Surabaya has been fixed on January 24-25 next year. Except for the committee meeting, the tentative schedule includes meeting with the University of Erlangga representatives, campus site visit, and a preliminary visit for the next IACSS conference.

 CFP: The 4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014 in Chiang Mai (Thailand)

Date: 8-9 August 2014, (Friday-Saturday)
Venue: College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
(Campus Map:
Organized by: Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group), College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Introduction of Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group)

Founded in 2008, Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group) is a research network that at the moment includes 120 scholars not only in Asia but also in Europe, America and Oceania. Through its biennial conferences and related activities, the group provides a platform to foster scholarly conversations and collaborations arising from the growing academic interest in Asian popular music both inside and outside Asia.

How to Perform Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies
Nowadays, Asian popular music is strong and serious investigation on it is growing, in the academy and elsewhere. More importantly, the cultural economy of popular music in Asia has become transnational or border-crossing in a literal sense. There are quite a few case studies that show that the consumption and mediation as well as the production and distribution easily cross national borders. 

However, most of ‘inter-Asia’ popular music studies restrict themselves to a ‘national’ base. Most researchers are specialized in the popular music of one nation or language group and it has proven to be quite a challenge to adopt a truly ‘inter-Asia’ perspective. This perspective of comparative or cross-cultural research is unfortunately still a somewhat distant ideal, with only handful successful texts that light the way. Given this situation, is it enough for each researcher to write about his/her ‘own’ music and leave the comparison to the readers of a ‘special issue’ or ‘edited volume’ that covers different ‘cases’? Or should we rather find out a ‘collective’ or ‘collaborative’ approach to doing research and writing papers? How can it be done, when you do not have sufficient international connections, when there is no agreed upon vocabulary and periodization, when your time schedule or life cycle does not match? Finally, is collective or collaborative writing really necessary?

The 4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies conference will address the possibilities and difficulties of adopting an ‘inter-Asia’ perspective. We especially welcome papers that consider comparative and/or collaborative research, in the future as well as in the present. The conference engages with all the scholarly debates of the emerging fields of Inter-Asia popular music studies, in the following categories or streams:

Stream 1: Theory and Methodology
Stream 2: Production, Circulation and Consumption
Stream 3: History, Geography, Politics
Stream 4: Genre, Identity, Ideology

The organizer of Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2014 in Chiang Mai would like to invite paper presenters to send their abstract (not more than 250 words) to before 25 January 2014. Please don’t forget to write down the ‘stream’ in which you think your paper fits.

Please use the attached Proposal Form (click to download) when submitting your proposal. Please use your surname as file name (ex. Chua.doc, Douglas.doc). If you plan to organize a panel with more than two people, please coordinate with the panelists to put all the necessary information on one form (e.g., panel title, paper titles, individual abstracts, and panelists’ information). A panel description is not necessary.

Please email all inquiries to:

2014. 01. 25          Deadline for abstract submission
2014. 02. 25          Acceptance of papers
2014. 04. 25          Registration
2014. 07. 25          Submission of full paper
2014. 08. 08 - 09  Conference Days

Consortium of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Institutions (CIACSI)
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACSS)
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