The Social Spaces of Music: Networks, Worlds, Fields and Scenes

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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013 (All day) - Thursday, February 14, 2013 (All day)
    Staff House, Sackville Street Campus, University of Manchester

    The Social Spaces of Music: Networks, Worlds, Fields and Scenes

    CRESC Conference, 13 and 14th February, University of Manchester

    Music researchers have increasingly explored music as a social practice in which participants have varying degrees of engagement, seeking to analyse the ‘social spaces’ within which music is produced and consumed.  There are a number of competing conceptions of this ‘space’, including music ‘worlds’, ‘fields’, ‘scenes’ and ‘networks’. This conference brings into dialogue different approaches to researching music, to consider how different conceptual and methodological approaches help us to explore the social spaces of music; and exploring a diverse range of musical genres/arenas including: folk, post-punk; hip-hop, electronica and post-rock; R&B and calypso; Riot Grrrl and Ladyfest; classical; and Italian opera.

    Speakers include: Ruth Finnegan, Omar Lizardo, Andy Bennett, Karim Hammou, Marco Santoro, Sara Cohen, Nick Crossley, Nick Prior, Roberta Comunian, Laurence Brown, Keith Gildart, Tim Edensor, Martin Everett, Siobhan McAndrew, Susan O’Shea, Paul Hepburn, Paul Widdop, Fay Hield, Wendy Bottero

     The conference is generously supported by CRESC and the AHRC 'Music Communities' pilot demonstrator project under the Connected Communities programme, AH/J006807/1.


     If you would like to attend the Workshop Dinner, please check the attached  menu

     “If you need assistance with booking accommodation, The University of Manchester’s ConferCare Team have preferential rates with a number of hotels in the City, so you may wish to make use of their booking service.  Hotel options include 2, 3 and 4 star and rates range between £60-£100 per night B&B, subject to availability.  Please contact the team by telephone on 0161 306 4082 quoting ‘Social Spaces of Music Workshop’.  A credit card is required at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation and payment must be made direct to the hotel at the time of your stay.  Manchester does get very busy, so please book early to avoid any disappointment.”

    Provisional Programme

    Day 1:  13th February

    10.30 - 11.00   Registration and Coffee

    11.00 - 11.30   Welcome and Introductions

    11.30 - 12.30   Opening Plenary:  Professor Ruth Finnegan

    12.30 - 1.30     Lunch

    1.30 - 3.00       Paper Session 1

    • Nick Prior - ‘Fields, Networks and/or Scenes? The Case of Reykjavik’
    • Michael Grenfell and Cheryl Hardy  -  ‘Bourdieu and the Music Field’
    • Fay Hield & Nick Crossley – ‘Local Folk Networks’

    3.00 – 3.30      Tea

    3.30 – 5.00      Paper Session 2

    • Roberta Communion - ‘Exploring music graduates' careers & networks in the UK’
    • Tim Edensor and Paul Hepburn – ‘Creating and Maintain an Open Mic Scene’
    • Isabelle Darmon – ‘Weber on music: Approaching music as a dynamic domain of action and experience’

    7.00                 Conference Dinner - Zouk

    Day 2:  14th February

    09.00 – 10.30  Paper Session 3

    • Karim Hammou  - ‘A (French) Rap Game? Network, music scene and social world in contemporary France’
    • Marco Santoro -  ‘Fields and Fractals. Mechanisms of cultural legitimation in opera and popular music’
    • Siobhan McAndrew and Martin Everett -  ‘A Network of British Composers from 1870’

    11.00 – 12.30  Paper Session 4

    • Andy Bennett and Chris Driver  - ‘The embodiment of scenes’
    • Susan O’Shea – ‘The Art Worlds of Punk Inspired Feminist Networks’
    • Paul Widdop,  Siobhan McAndrew and Rachel Stevenson – ‘On Jazz Networks’

    12.30 - 1.30     Lunch

    1.30 – 3.00      Paper Session 5

    • Nick Crossley & Wendy Bottero –  ‘Internal goods and the social worlds of music’
    • Laurence Brown and Keith Gildart  –  ‘R&B and Calypso in Diasporic Communities’
    • Paul Widdop – ‘Webs of Music: Omnivorous Tastes, Network Position and the Role of Social Capital’

    3.00 – 3.30      Tea

    3.30 – 4.30      Closing Plenary: Professor Omar Lizardo

    4.30                 Conference Ends