The 7th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies (IAPMS) Conference Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
*** UPDATE: February 15
Acceptance letter sent
I am delighted to inform you that your submission to the 7th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies (IAPMS) Conference has been accepted. On behalf of the conference committees we look forward to hearing you present your work. The conference will take place 2325 July, 2020 at Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Attached please find the 1st Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) announcement.
Please confirm your participation by 1st March 2020 and fill the google form below
On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee we look forward to welcoming you at Sunway University.
IAPMS 2020 Local Arrangements Committee
*** UPDATE: January 8 2020
Keynote speaker: Tan Sooi Beng – Universiti Sains Malaysia
Tan Sooi Beng is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. She is the author of Bangsawan: A Social and Stylistic History of Popular Malay Opera (Oxford University Press, 1993), and co-author of Music of Malaysia: Classical, Folk and Syncretic Traditions (Routledge, 2017) and Longing for the Past, the 78 RPM Era in Southeast Asia (Dust-to-Digital 2013), which won the joint SEM Bruno Nettl Prize, 2014. Tan is the Editor-in-Chief of Wacana Seni, Journal of Arts Discourse, serves in the Advisory Editorial Boards of Asian Music (USA) and Malaysian Music Journal (UPSI), and is an elected board member of ICTM. She is actively engaged in the practice of community theatre for young people in Penang.
*** UPDATE Dec 15, 2019: The deadline for the submission is extended to Jan 15, 2020.
23-25 July, 2020
Organised by Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS Group)
Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Abstract Submissions Deadline
15 December 2019
Theme: Asia’s Sonic (under)Currents and Currencies
The recent international popularity of Korean pop groups BTS and Blackpink placed Asia from passive recipients to active participants of otherwise US and UK dominated global pop music. However, the extent in which they represent and personify the rich undercurrent of popular music circulation in Asia remains debatable in Asia’s culturally diverse landscapes. While the digital platform and social media as well as travel have intensified the flows of popular music participation, it is probably premature to idealistically suggest the levelling of more enduring historical and cultural boundaries and borders. The post•global or post•digital condition needs discussion.
In this respect, the theme of this conference, “Sonic (under)Currents and Currencies” seeks to explore the responses of popular music as local, trans•local national and transnational formations and traditions to the disruptions and changes in the region’s changing techno•cultural landscape. Within such disruptions, the conference also explores the relevance and currencies of both assumptions and practices of popular music in the region. Examples range from genres and categories, cultural industries, politics and government, fandom and activism to name a few.
Since its first conference in 2008, the IAPMS has encouraged a diversity of scholarship at all levels about popular music studies in the context of Asia. The conference welcomes presentations from the academic community as well as practitioners, activists and policymakers. As the 7th conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the organising committee hopes to see greater representation of topics and presenters from ASEAN countries.
22nd July 2020 – Arrival to Kuala Lumpur 23rd July 2020 – Registration, opening, conference begins
24th July 2020 – Conference sessions, concert 25th July 2020 – Conference sessions, closing ceremony
26th July 2020 – Excursion
Local arrangements information will be provided in early 2020 and sent to all participants via email.
Please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) by 15th December 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org . For panels, please submit a general panel description of 200-300 words, along with three or four abstracts (200-300 words each) and biographies (max. 100 words each). Please use the form (download).
Notice of acceptance will be given by 1 February 2020
Non Students: RM200
English, Bahasa Melayu
English is the official language of this symposium, however, presenters may choose to deliver their papers in Bahasa Melayu with English language Powerpoint presentation. However, all abstracts are to be submitted in English for review and selection purposes.
- All presentations will be published in the IAPMS conference proceedings sponsored by Sunway University.
With the acceptance of your proposal by the Program Committee and the presentation of your paper at the conference, it is understood that your paper (in a revised and prepared version by you the author) will be included in the Proceedings of the Symposium published by Sunway University Press.
Chair Kai Khiun Liew (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Members Miaoju Jian (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
Vicky Ho (The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Qian Zhang (Communication University of China, China)
Atchareeya Saisin (Chiang Mai University, Thailand)
Jungwon Kim (Yonsei University, Korea)
Fushiki Kaori (Taisho University, Japan)
Kyohei Miyairi (Independent Scholar, Japan)
Mayco Santaella (Sunway University, Malaysia)
Isabella Pek (SEAMEX Institute)
Local Arrangements Committee
Chair Mayco Santaella (Sunway University, Malaysia)
Members Azmyl Yusof (Sunway University, Malaysia)
Adil Johan (National University of Malaysia)
Christine Yong (Sunway University, Malaysia)
Rachel Ong (Sunway University, Malaysia)
Frank Ong (Sunway University, Malaysia)
Isabella Pek (SEAMEX Institute)
Hyunjoon Shin (Sungkonghoe University, Korea)
Jungyup Lee (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US/Korea)