Call for Papers

International Association for the Study of Popular Music – United States, Spring 2021 conference

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States invites proposals for its 2021 annual conference. In recognition of these extraordinary times and the continuing public health concerns and struggles for social and racial justice that we face, this meeting will take place virtually on May 19-22, 2021. We encourage proposals that speak to the specific challenges of this historic moment, but more broadly welcome proposals for individual papers and panels (up to four individuals) on any aspect of popular music.

Papers will be 10-15 minutes in length and will be uploaded a month prior to the conference for asynchronous viewing. We are also asking that a written copy of the paper be uploaded for captioning and accessibility. Panels will emphasize dialogue, Q&A, and exchange.

Please submit proposals via Word document or PDF to with “last name, first name” in the subject line no later than midnight December 4, 2020. Individual submissions should include a paper title, the presenter’s name, contact information and a 250-word abstract that identifies the methodology used, states the paper’s goals, summarizes the context and argument of the paper, and includes a brief conclusion. Organized panels should include a 250-word description of the panel’s rationale and goals, and a 250-word abstract for each individual participating in the panel. Roundtables, consisting of a moderated conversation with 4 – 6 participants, require a single 250 word abstract and a list of roundtable members, and should designate one person as the panel chair. Roundtables and organized panels can be allotted up to a two-hour time slot. Abstracts not adhering to the word count will not be considered.

IASPM-US is a multidisciplinary organization and invites proposals from and across all fields of scholarly inquiry. Conference proposals from intellectuals outside of academia, including teachers, museum and archive professionals, musicians and music professionals, and independent scholars, are encouraged. IASPM-US is also a friendly conference for students at all levels. We especially welcome proposals from members of underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, women, Black/African American, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with disabilities, and people from LGBTQ+ communities, as well as people of different ages, socio/economic classes, nationalities, and religions. We encourage people to self-identify in their proposals as a member of one of the groups listed above.

This year’s program committee consists of Justin Patch (chair), Anthony Kwame Harrison, K. E. Goldschmitt, Brian F. Wright, Rebekah Farrugia, and Kathryn Metz.

Please note: All conference presenters must be registered IASPM members (or must register after paper, panel, or roundtable acceptance; there is no need to register to submit). For membership and conference information visit: