Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


28 June 2017 - 29 June 2017

The Place of Music

Presented By Allan Watson and Michael Hoyler

About this event

It is almost twenty years since the publication of the landmark text The Place of Music (Leyshon et al. 1998) put the complex relationships between music and place firmly on the research agenda. In those twenty years, technological developments have profoundly impacted upon musical production and consumption in ways which have not only changed the relationships between music and place in a geographical sense, but the place of music in society and the economy more fundamentally. This two day conference takes this anniversary as an opportunity to bring together musical scholars from across the social sciences to consider and debate the place of music in 21st Century economy and society. The conference will be based broadly, although not exclusively, around four overlapping key themes:

  1. Music-making, musical creativity and creative labour
  2. The music industry and musical economy
  3. Music consumption
  4. Social and economic networks of musical creativity and production

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Andrew Leyshon, University of Nottingham. Author of Reformatted: Code, Networks and the Transformation of the Music Industry (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-editor of The Place of Music (Guilford Press, 1998).

Professor Nick Crossley, University of Manchester. Author of Networks of Sound, Style and Subversion: The Punk and Post–Punk Worlds of Manchester, London, Liverpool and Sheffield, 1975–80 (Manchester University Press, 2015).

Dr Leslie Meier, University of Leeds. Author of Popular Music as Promotion: Music and Branding in the Digital Age (Polity, 2016)

Louis Barabbas, Director of Debt Records, Manchester

Professor Andy Bennett, Griffith University. Author of Popular Music Scenes and Cultural Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

The Place of Music Conference Programme is now available, click here to register.