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

Sat Nov 09 23:22:36 GMT 2013

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

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Organized by:

Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group),

College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai, Thailand


We are pleased to announce the 4th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, which will take place on August 8-9, 2014 in Chiang Mai, in collaboration with College of Arts, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Following the first conference in Osaka in 2008, the second conference in Hong Kong in 2010, and the third conference in Taipei in 2012, we move our next meeting to Thailand—hub of vibrant Southeast Asian popular music and music industry.

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 a 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 (iapms2014chiangmai /at/ 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 (right 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, panelists information). A panel description is not necessary.

Please email all inquiries to: (iapms2014chiangmai /at/

2014.1.25 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

Organizing Committees

Viriya Sawangchot (API Fellow & Mahidol University, Thailand)

Siriporn Somboonbooran (Walailak University, Thailand)

Atchareeya Saisin (Chiang Mai University, Thailand)

Tunghung HO (Fu-jen Catholic University, Taiwan)

Eva TSAI (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)

Anthony FUNG (Chinese University, Hong Kong/China)

Yoshitaka MORI (Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)

Jeroen Groenwegen-Lau (Independent scholar, Netherlands-China)

Yukie HIRATA (Dokkyo University, Japan)

Sun JUNG (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Kai Khiun LIEW (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Aekyung PARK (Yonsei University, Korea)

Hyunjoon SHIN (Sungkonghoe University, Korea)

Jung-yup LEE (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA/Korea)


English is the only language in the conference as there is no common language among Asia language. Translation service can be provided only during Q&A, in case the presenters need it.

For the updated information about submission, registration, accommodation, transportation etc, please keep visiting our website:
Hyunjoon Shin
Research Professor
Institute for East Asian Studies
Sungkonghoe University
1-1 Hang-dong, Guro-gu
Seoul 152-716
T) +82 (0)2 2610 4746 / M) +82 (0)10 2732 3241

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