New Zealand Electroacoustic Music Symposium: Seeing with Ears: Video Works by John Coulter 

Possible Reading Group Outing

2 September 2009


Venue: Music Theatre, School of Music, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland

Host: School of Music

Cost: Admission is free. Bookings not required.


Seeing with Ears: Video Works by John Coulter

As part of the proceedings of the NZEMS, John Coulter will present his most recent works for electroacoustic music with moving images. The programme will include Eyepiece (2009), Mouthpiece (2008), Abide with Me (2009), and Shifting Ground (2005).

Event Manager John Coulter;

The New Zealand Electroacoustic Music Symposium (NZEMS)

Calls For Papers: Journals and Conferences

'What's it worth? 'Value and Popular Music

Annual Conference of IASPM-ANZ
International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Australia-New Zealand branch

27-29 November 2009

Fale Pasifika Complex, 26 Wynyard Street
Faculty of Arts
University of Auckland, New Zealand

The theme of this year's conference seeks to generate discussion and debate
around the ‘value’ we ascribe to popular music(s). ‘Value’ relates to music as
commodity and economic project, but social, cultural and aesthetic
perspectives profoundly inform any measures or contentions of ‘value’. This
theme is particularly timely given recent technological developments that are
radically re-shaping the ways in which music is produced, distributed and

Topics for consideration could include:

Economic value of popular music - the music industry, technology,
digital downloading, copyright laws, urban regeneration, tourism

Cultural/Social value of popular music - music in everyday life,
subcultures, communities, traditional musics, politics, studying
popular music

Artistic/Aesthetic value of popular music - history, composition,
canons and counter-canons, authenticity, performance, genre, style

Any general papers in the study of popular music are also welcomed.

Abstract Submission
Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment (Word document, 12pt
Times New Roman font) to Kirsten Zemke ( The
deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 Sept. 2009.
Please use your surname as the document title (for example “Zuberi.doc”).
The abstracts will be reviewed by an IASPM-ANZ committee and successful
applicants will be advised by email. Please include the following details (in
this order):

1. Name of author(s) (as you would like it to appear in the programme)
2. Institution or affiliation (where applicable)
3. Contact phone numbers
4. Email address
5. Title of paper
6. Abstract (200-300 words)
7. Consideration for 2009 IASPM-ANZ postgraduate prize? (Yes/No)

Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture

A new journal Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture (DJEDMC) has officially opened and we are taking submissions for our first edition. Thanks to Eliot Bates (Managing Editor), the website now has a new look:

Dancecult is a peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal for the study of electronic dance music culture (EDMC). A platform for interdisciplinary scholarship on the shifting terrain of EDMCs worldwide, the journal houses research exploring the sites, technologies, sounds and cultures of electronic music in historical and contemporary perspectives. Playing host to studies of emergent forms of electronic music production, performance, distribution, and reception, as a portal for cutting-edge research on the relation between bodies, technologies, and cyberspace, as a medium through which the cultural politics of dance is critically investigated, and as a venue for innovative multimedia projects, Dancecult is the forum for research on EDMCs.

From dancehall to raving, club cultures to sound systems, disco to techno, breakbeat to psytrance, hip hop to dub-step, IDM to noisecore, nortec to bloghouse, global EDMCs are a shifting spectrum of scenes, genres, and aesthetics. What is the role of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion and spirituality in these formations? How have technologies, mind alterants, and popular culture conditioned this proliferation, and how has electronic music filtered into cinema, literature and everyday life? How does existing critical theory enable understanding of EDMCs, and how might the latter challenge the assumptions of our inherited heuristics? What is the role of the DJ in diverse genres, scenes, subcultures, and/or neotribes? As the journal of the international EDMC research network, Dancecult welcomes submissions from scholars addressing these and related inquiries across all disciplines.

We are aiming at a first edition in July 2009.

Dancecult features two main categories of peer-reviewed submissions: regular featured articles and "from the floor" pieces.

Featured Articles are 5000-8000 words in length (including endnotes, captions and bibliography), and must include a 150 word abstract. These articles will be subject to a double-blind peer review.

From the Floor (FF) articles include field reports, mini-ethnographies, and interviews. Pieces for this section should be from 1000-3000 words in length. Rather than written in the style of an article with formal analysis and many citations, FF pieces will be more conversational and creative. They may include substantive multimedia components. The emphasis is on ethnography, style and creativity. These articles will be reviewed by at least one peer.

The submission process is automated - authors must register and submit online:

Book Reviews. If you are publishing a book (or releasing a film/documentary) on electronic dance music culture, Dancecult will be an ideal venue to have it reviewed. Karenza Moore from Lancaster University is our Reviews Editor. Please send books (or films) to Karenza at:

Karenza Moore
Dept of Applied Social Science
Bowland North
Lancaster University

Questions regarding submission process. Please direct questions to our Managing Editor, Eliot Bates:

2nd New Zealand Discourse Conference 2009

Tilts and Shifts – Applying a Discourse Analysis Lens
Auckland, 18th – 20th November 2009
Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication
AUT University
New Zealand

Following the successful inaugural New Zealand Discourse Conference in December 2007, submissions of abstracts for presentations for the 2nd New Zealand Discourse Conference are invited from academics and others interested in a discourse analysis approach to understanding the social world.

In photography, the lens of a camera can be tilted and shifted to create new perspectives. Using discourse analysis as a lens enables us to gain new perspectives on the social world and generate new insights into influences and changes in a range of social phenomena. Discourse analysis encompasses a diverse range of analytical techniques and draws on a variety of theoretical and epistemological perspectives. Through an examination of talk, text and associated social practices, issues of identity, agency, structure, representation, power and practice can be addressed.
Abstract submission deadline: Extended to 10th August 2009Keynote speakers
Professor Rick Iedema, Centre for Health Communication, University of Technology Sydney
Professor Cynthia Hardy, International Centre for Research on Organisational Discourse, Strategy and Change, University of Melbourne
Professor David Grant, Professor of Organisational Studies, University of Sydney 

The conference organisers invite abstracts for presentations that use discourse analysis to address theoretical, methodological or empirical research issues in a variety of themes including, but not limited to:

Community and health
Education and learning
Finance and capital
Culture and identity
Marketing and consumption
Public policy and the state
Professions and institutions
Work, management and organisation

Gender and diversity
Globalisation and development
Ideology, power and knowledge
Place, space and time
Practice and praxis
Language and communication
Science and technology
Submission guidelines
Please submit abstracts by e-mail before 10th August 2009 to  In the body of the e-mail, include the title of the paper, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), and a contact author postal address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. Attach a separate Word or PDF document with the abstract and title of the paper (but no identification of authorship) to the e-mail. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Programme Committee and authors will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 31st August 2009. Accepted abstracts will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
Important dates
Submission deadline date:  10th August 2009
Abstract notification date:  31st August 2009
Conference dates:  18th – 20th November 2009
Registration early bird rates:  21st September 2009

Registration Now Open

Please register 

View workshop abstracts 

Full Programme
Early Bird: $375.00 closes 21st September 2009
Received after 21st September: $425.00
Student / unwaged: $250.00
Daily Rates
Full rate: $200.00
Student rate: $150.00
Contact Details
The Conference Co-ordinator can be contacted by phone +64 9 921 9999 ext 8473 or email committee. Jennie Billot, Bill Doolin, Darryl Hocking, Sigrid Norris, Philippa Smith, Kristie Elphick

Celebrity Studies Journal Special Issue: Michael Jackson: Celebrity, Death and the King of Pop.

Celebrity Forum’ Special Issue of Celebrity Studies Journal (Routledge)

Michael Jackson: Celebrity, Death & the King of Pop

Michael Jackson’s recent death, its wall-to-wall rolling news coverage and the outpouring of public grief that accompanied it confirms not only the centrality of celebrity in contemporary life, but Jackson’s role in defining celebrity culture and the parameters, benchmarks and excesses of pop stardom. The Celebrity Studies Journal ‘celebrity forum’ section seeks short, provocative and open-ended pieces for a special issue on Jackson and his death. Please send abstracts of no more than 150words, together with a 50 word biography to by 30th September.

Topics can include, but should not be limited to:

•    Reflections on his role in shaping the meaning of celebrity culture
•    Coverage of his death and funeral
•    Public mourning and pop ‘royalty’
•    Grief tourism
•    The legacy of child stardom

Guidelines for the section and final articles are below. Accepted papers will be notified in early October, with papers due by 1st December.

Celebrity Forum
Celebrity Forum provides a space for timely responses to contemporary and historical issues in celebrity culture. We encourage submissions in two forms: 1,000-1,500 words (including notes) “think pieces”, including case studies, which should be provocative and open-ended, encouraging exchange and debate. Alternatively, we invite 500-1,000 word (including notes) submissions of comments and views on previous articles published within either the main section of the journal or Celebrity Forum. Above all, Celebrity Forum is designed to be dialogical and primarily engaged with cutting edge developments in celebrity and its study.

Celebrity Studies is a journal that focuses on the critical exploration of celebrity, stardom and fame. It seeks to make sense of celebrity by drawing upon a range of (inter)disciplinary approaches, media forms, historical periods and national contexts. Celebrity Studies aims to address key issues in the production, circulation and consumption of fame, and its manifestations in both contemporary and historical contexts, while functioning as a key site for academic debate about the enterprise of celebrity studies itself.