2018 IASPM Canada Conference: “Gathering Diversities, Sounding Justice”
The 2018 IASPM-CA annual conference will take place at the University of Regina from May 27-29 in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which has announced “Gathering Diversities” as its theme (the Congress theme is described at https://www.uregina.ca/congress2018/theme.html). In conversation with this broader theme, IASPM-CA encourages participants to explore questions concerning popular music, its aims and claims regarding diversity, and its impact in promoting equity in a wide range of contexts and scenes. Diversity has long been a stated goal for institutions, organizations, and communities of all types, yet diversity remains a complex and contested issue, particularly in the field of popular music. To what extent does popular music productively model and promote diversity, and to what extent does diversity extend beyond surface appearances to institutional structures? To what extent is diversity in itself a laudable goal if not accompanied by equity and social justice? How do popular music and popular music studies either promote or impede diversity, equity, and social justice?