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[Commlist] Music, Cities and Popular Memory conference

Mon Mar 18 21:20:33 GMT 2019

Colleagues are invited to sign up for this one-day symposium in Southampton on Friday March 29^th .

Registration and further details here:

The event is free but places are limited and registration will help with planning.

*Music, Cities and Popular Memory: A very messy cultural archive?*

A research symposium exploring intersections between: archives, heritage, memory, histories; “Music City” strategies; everyday cultural economy; amateur and professional expertise.

Check here for full schedule <>


The relationship between popular music, cultural memory and the city is currently experiencing renewed attention, both in research and in practice. Heritage and archives have emerged as central to the function of music in sustaining place-based identities and attachments. A range of actors - allied to the academy, industry, local and national governments, third-sector bodies, museums and cultural consultancies - are invested in understanding, evaluating and supporting the cultural and economic activities that bind music and sound to place. Hence, archival activities often align with governance policies and objectives (associated with “Cities of Culture”, “Creative Cities” or, increasingly, “Music Cities”), or the auditing imperatives of state funding for the arts. Very often, however, they take place under their own steam in personal and community projects, away from officially-sanctioned narratives. Both demand scholarly attention.

In line with this, there is a further need to develop understanding of “ordinary” (rather than “global” or “exceptional”) cities, as well as “everyday” aspects of the creative economy. And, unlike some of the canonical sites of British music (London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow...), Southampton is not overburdened with a popular heritage, or constrained by the mythology of international celebrity - Craig David notwithstanding. Although this relative absence can sometimes appear as a source of frustration to local practitioners and acolytes, it is also fertile ground, inviting residents to narrate their own cultural histories, to perform their own acts of custodianship and curation - a core motivation for this event.

/Confirmed speakers/

*Padmini Broomfield* | Heritage Consultant

*Zelmarie Cantillon *| Griffith University (Australia)**

*Jez Collins* | Birmingham Music Archive

*Lyvinia Elleschild *| University of Plymouth

*Esther Gill | *Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (British Library/The Keep)

*Brett Lashua* | Leeds Beckett University

*Paul Long *| Birmingham City University

*Caspar Melville *| SOAS University of London

*Kevin Milburn *| London South Bank University

*Stuart Moss* | Leeds Beckett University

*Beate Peter* | Manchester Metropolitan University

*Mykaell Riley* | University of Westminster

Featured roundtable: Southampton’s /other/ cultural quarter?

*Oliver Gray* | Author, /Access One Step: The Official History of the Joiners' Arms/

*Don John* | Diversity Consultant, Southampton

*Gloria Khamkar* | Unity 101FM / Bournemouth University

*Matt Salvage* | SoCo Music, Southampton

/Organisers /

*Chris Anderton, Toby Bennett, Martin James *|**Solent University

In collaboration with: So: Music City <> | Culture, Media, Place @ Solent <>

This event is part of the Southampton as Popular Music Archive <> research project and funded by Solent’s Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange scheme.

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