Street Music conference

 

14 May 2019 to 15 May 2019
The Forum; Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF, UK

This FREE conference seeks to explore an important but neglected aspect of public culture and community construction: street music. It aims to draw together the new knowledge and practice generated by funded research projects across Connected Communities with work across a number of academic disciplines as well as the creative sector. Following Connected Communities established practice, the conference seeks to function as a place for dialogue between academics, independent researchers, musicians, performers, and the arts and cultural policy sectors.

 

From brass bands to buskers to ballad singers, organ grinders to beatboxing, one-man/-person bands to flash mobs, music has long played a role in how we experience the public space of the street. In this conference we aim to contribute to the growing discourse around the role of street music in our contemporary communities and to understand its historical significance. We welcome contributions from researchers, of course, and also street musicians, performers, campaigners, arts producers and cultural workers. (We recognise that these categories may be productively fluid.) Disciplines? Music, but also from cultural and media studies, performance studies, cultural geography, history, leisure and tourism studies, urban planning and architecture, and more, as well as those who may work in inter-disciplinary or indeed ill-disciplinary ways.

 

Busking at Queen Street Mall – The Fergies  by Dobygal (CC BY-SA 4.0 ), from Wikimedia Commons

 

Areas for discussion and critical or creative exploration include but are not limited to:

• Cultural policy and legislation

• Cultural control and cultural regeneration

• Critical and theoretical perspectives

• Repertoire and instrumentation

• Amplification, instrumental modification and technology

• Alternative networks and practices—of economy, of cultural production

• Case studies

• Performance locations and situations

• Public or everyday culture

• Historical perspectives on and cultural representations of street music.

 

This conference is being organised as part of the Creative Spaces and Public Culture project at UEA, funded by Connected Communities.

 

Proposals of 250-300 words are invited for presentations/interventions of 20 minutes, panel discussions, creative and musical contributions.  These should be sent as a Word attachment to m.bagnall@uea.ac.uk and include the following: title, presenter(s), affiliation(s), short biography (100 words), and email address for contact.

The deadline for submission is March 12, 2019.

 

Further information

The conference is free although registration is essential. Registration will open on March 19, 2019.

 

The conference will take place on 14-15 May, 2019 at The Forum, Norwich. There will be an evening event and meal provided for conference delegates on 14 May.  We can provide conference speakers with accommodation for one to two nights. Please state on your application the dates that you require accommodation. Reasonable travel expenses can also be claimed from the Connected Communities programme.

 

Limited bursaries are available to support community partners (e.g. musicians, performers, creative sector workers), caregivers accompanying attendees, and ECR/PhD attendance.

We are pleased to also be offering bursaries for applicants from British Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who would like to speak at or attend the conference.

 

If you would like to apply for a bursary please contact m.bagnall@uea.ac.uk for details. Deadline for bursary applications is 16 March. Please also indicate the nights that you would require accommodation.

 

For further information about the conference contact m.bagnall@uea.ac.uk or check here for regular updates. Tweet us at @ahrcconnect #streetmusic