Collaborative research on popular music workshop

  • Senate House Malet Street London, WC1E United Kingdom

The Institute of Musical Research, International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch, and the Institute of Popular Music are organising a popular music studies workshop at Senate House, University of London, on Wednesday 7 September, 2-6pm. The workshop offers the opportunity for established researchers in popular music (defined broadly to include for example musicological, cultural studies, practice-led, and technology-led approaches) to come together to discuss opportunities in and threats to popular music research, to identify major questions for the field, and to build networks for future collaborative research. The workshop activities aim to help develop:

  • Collaborative research and networking
  • Engagement and collaboration with non-academic partners
  • Identifying problems and research questions that are of interest to academics and / or external partners
  • Awareness of the range of available methods

Participants will include the PRS Foundation, Arts Council England, the Musicians’ Union, and Professors Simon Zagorski-Thomas, Allan Moore, Simon Frith, and Martin Cloonan, as well as the organizers (Sarah Cohen, Nicola Dibben, Rupert Till, and Geoff Baker). The workshop is aimed at researchers at post-doctoral level and above.

The workshop will be followed at 6.15pm by a short launch event for John Williamson and Martin Cloonan’s new book, Players' Work Time: A History of the British Musicians' Union, 1893-2013 (Manchester University Press).

The product of a 4-year AHRC/ESRC-funded research project, Players' Work Time outlines the history of one of the UK music industries' most important – but academically marginalised – organisations, the Musicians' Union. In doing so it provides fresh insight into Britain's musical life and its related industries over a 120-year period. Join the authors and MU General Secretary John Smith for the launch of this book. Refreshments will be provided.

Register for this free event by emailing imr@rhul.ac.uk. Registration deadline (extended): July 30.