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[Commlist] CFP "Working in Music"
Sun Jun 23 18:51:09 GMT 2019
Call for Papers: Third Working in Music Conference:
*Working in Music - Now and Then*
University of Turku, Finland, 15-17 April 2020
The Working in Music Network (WIM) is pleased to announce its third
Working in Music Conference, to be hosted by the University of Turku,
Finland, in April 2020. The Conference follows the staging of previous
WIM conferences in Glasgow (2016) and Lausanne (2018) and the
establishment of the Network (https://wim.hypotheses.org/). WIM was
launched in Lausanne in 2018 and has been established by scholars
interested in the historical and contemporary nature of working in
music. It has adopted the following Statement of Purpose:
‘Working in Music is an international research network. Our purpose is
to conduct and disseminate innovative research about all aspects of what
it means to work in music. We aim to understand music as work through
economic, sociocultural, political, legal and historical lenses, and to
explore working conditions and experiences across genres and divisions
of labour. Our approach is multidisciplinary and endeavours to forge
connections between academic disciplines through shared interests in
music and work. Our network developed from and is centred on a biennial
conference in which scholars meet to exchange and debate issues and
ideas. We are also committed to working with musicians, practitioners
and music industries personnel’.
Following Ruth Finnegan, it is possible to say that one of the
noticeable aspects of musical work, is that the work is often hidden.
The hours that are taken to master an instrument are hidden from the
public, the musicians who make recordings and perform live are often
hidden behind the “stars”, the ways musicians find work and work with
other musicians and music intermediaries are often hidden, and the vast
majority of working musicians remain anonymous. Meanwhile those working
behind the scenes in areas such as publishing, live music, artists’
management and recording largely remain similarly unknown as well as the
ways they make music and musical careers happen. But music only happens
because work is put in and it is this context that we issue this Call
for Papers. We invite proposals for papers which address – either
historically or in the contemporary context - one or more of the
Musicians’ working lives and practices
Employment practices and working conditions within the music industries
Musicians and other musical workers’ representative organisations
The effect of intermediaries – such as agents, managers, promoters,
journalists etc – on musicians’ working conditions and careers
Collaborations between musicians and non-musicians in getting music
made, played or publicised
Intellectual property, labour law and other axes of musical labour
Discrimination and inequality in musical labour and employment
Musical labour and employment in specific genres of music
Musical labour and changing technology (including musical labour in the
Online “platforms” as new intermediaries or systems of surveillance
Musicians’ working lives in orchestras, bands and other ensembles
Musicians’ collaborative networking practices which allow work it be
done and increase its visibility
Musical labour and creativity
Music and the labour movement
Touring and working in music
Non-musicians working in music
Musicians as employers
Paper proposals are invited on these topics - and on any other issue
relevant to Working in Music. WIM is a deliberately broad-based network
and so proposals will be welcomed from any perspective, using any
methodology and addressing any kind of music at any historical juncture.
Please note that papers should last for 20 minutes and the conference
organisers will require chairs to ensure that presenters keep to this limit.
Proposals should be in English, which will be the working language for
Please note that non-native English speakers whose proposals are
accepted will be invited to post full versions of their papers on the
Proposals should include the name and contact details (email) of the
proposer, the title of the proposal and an abstract of no more than 150
words. We also invite proposals for panels. Please send proposals to
(wim2020 /at/ lists.utu.fi) <mailto:(wim2020 /at/ lists.utu.fi)>. The deadline for
proposals is 30 September 2019.
We hope to inform applicants of decisions by 1 November 2019.
We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers:
Pete Jenner, Sincere Management. Pete has managed a number of major
artists including: Pink Floyd, The Clash, The Pretenders and Ian Dury.
He was also one of the organisers of the Stones in the Park free concert
in London’s Hyde Park in 1969.
Izabela Wagner, University of Warsaw and Institute Convergence Migration
(Paris). Izabela is author of Producing Excellence: The Making of
Virtuosos (Rutgers University Press, 2015). She is also the author of
several articles on the working conditions and careers of creative
The conference will be held on the main campus of the University of
Turku. This location is within walking distance of a range of
restaurants, bars, coffee shops and supermarkets. It is a 10 minute walk
to the city centre and a 5 minute walk from Kuppittaa railway station
for connections to Helsinki and elsewhere.
Turku is the oldest town in Finland and is located on the Aurajoki
river. It has its own airport and is approximately 2 hours from Helsinki
by train or bus. It is 11 hours by boat from Stockholm, a journey which
takes you through the splendours of the Stockholm and Turku archipelagos.
Amongst other attractions, Turku boosts one of the most distinctive
cathedrals in Europe and an impressive medieval castle. It also hosts a
range of award winning restaurants and has a vibrant bar culture. Live
music takes place in a range of venues and nightclubs, including on the
For more see: https://www.visitturku.fi/ and
The conference website will be updated regularly. It can be found at:
The conference fee has yet to be set but is expected to be in the region
of €150 for waged delegates and €80 for unwaged, inclusive of
registration, tea and coffee, and a reception on the first night of the
We look forward to welcoming you to Turku.
Martin Cloonan and Marc Perrenoud, chairs, Working in Music Network.
Special Event: Sample Finnish sauna
On Saturday 18 April conference organiser Martin Cloonan invites you to
join at his local sauna on the nearby island of Ruissalo (15 minutes
from the main railway station by bus). For a nominal fee (circa 5 €) you
can sample a traditional Finnish sauna and get the opportunity to bathe
in the Baltic. All you need is a swimming costume, a towel and an
adventurous mind. Further details will be provided at the conference.
Scientific Committee: Funmi Arewa, Pierre Bataille, Marie Buscatto,
Martin Cloonan, Simon Frith, Nuné Nikogosyan, Marc Perrenoud, Hyacinthe
Ravet, Jérémy Sinigaglia, Matt Stahl, Charles Umney, John Williamson.
Local Organising Committee: Marika Ahonen, Johannes Brusila, Martin
Cloonan, Kari Kallioniei, Eileen Karmy-Bolton, Gabrielle Kielich, Sanna
Qvick, Kim Ramstedt, John Richardson.
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