I just received a preview of the program for the upcoming International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) conference taking place at University of Iowa April 25-27th. It's an amazing schedule of papers, including two related to college radio. Nick Rubin will present "'Your Better Alternative': College Radio Communities and the Popular Music Industry" and Brian Goedde is presenting his paper, "Selling College Radio in the Geographical Place and Conceptual Space of the University, the City, and Beyond."
The conference will cover a wide range of topics, including iPod Aesthetics, Religion and American Music, Bollywood, Jazz, Japanese Underground Hip Hop, Indie Metal, Opera in 19th Century Chicago, Myspace success stories, and indie music on television (to name a few topics). Having been to IASPM conferences before, I know that it's always a lot of fun and is definitely accessible to non-academics. There will be at least one film screening and a concert featuring The Mekons' Jon Langford and Sally Timms (who will both also be on hand for a plenary discussion about folk music and the public domain).
You can view the full schedule on the conference website.
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