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KISMIF Conference 2015 [Archive]

Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! Crossing Borders of Underground Music Scenes

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto, Portugal
Casa da Música


KISMIF Convenors:
Andy Bennett and Paula Guerra.

KISMIF Scientific Committee:
Alastair Gordon, Andy Bennett, Augusto Santos Silva, Carles Feixa, Heitor Alvelos, Jeder Janotti Jr., João Queirós, José Machado Pais, Júlio Dolbeth, Luís FernandesManuel Loff, Matthew Worley, Mike Dines, Paula Abreu, Paula Guerra, Paulo Cunha e SilvaPedro Costa, Rui Telmo Gomes and Will Straw.

KISMIF Executive Committee:
Ana Oliveira, Ana Raposo, Esgar Acelerado, Gil Fesch, Guilherme Blanc, João Queirós, Marcos Farrajota, Paula Abreu, Paula Guerra, Pedro Costa, Pedro Miguel Ferreira, Pedro Quintela, Ricardo Salazar, Rui Telmo Gomes, Tânia Moreira, Vítor Massa.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Andy Bennett
Dave Laing
Dick Hebdige
Mary Fogarty
Matthew Worley
Paul Hodkinson


We are pleased to announce the KISMIF International Conference 2015.

Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! (KISMIF) Crossing Borders of Underground Music Scenes will take place in Porto, Portugal between 15th July and 17th July 2015. The conference is associated with the research project Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! (PTDC/CS-SOC/118830/2010).

The submission of papers for this conference is open to academic researchers working in all areas of sociology, anthropology, history, cultural economics, geography, urban planning, media and cultural studies and cognate disciplines, including design, illustration musicology, popular music and visual and performing arts.

This initiative follows the great success of the first KISMIF conference (held in July, 2014).

Keeping the focus on underground music and its creative possibilities for resistance and DIY, we extend the analysis of music scenes to consider the intersection and debate with other cultural, artistic and creative fields (cinema and video; graffiti and street art; theater and performance art; literature and poetry; radio; graphic design, illustration, cartoon and comics; etc.).

Thus, exploiting the potential of the theoretical and analytical development of the intersection of music scenes, we intend to enrich their relevance in the development of social theory, but also in the interpretation of late modernity in times of contemporary societal and cultural crisis. The relation and enlargement of the arts to social, cultural and political spheres seems to us a very fruitful research platform and also offers the possibility for the consolidation of an emerging knowledge domain that responds to the challenges and social changes created by new technologies, and also reconfigurations of identity, gender, lifestyle, spatiality, social class, age, and ethnicity as these map onto the networks, flows, art worlds, musical and artistic fields, and underground music scenes that are main focus of the conference.

The stimulating scientific program of the conference will be accompanied by a social program in the form of art and music in action providing a unique and enriching experience of underground music scenes in the city of Porto and elsewhere in the world.

The conference will be preceded by a two-day summer school (on 13th to 14th July) entitled Gettin’ Underground Together!. The summer school will offer an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, including those staying on for the conference, to attend specialist master classes and discuss their research in seminars led by top academics in the field.



The conference organizing committee welcomes abstracts relating to the following topics:
• Developments in social theory around networks, flows, art worlds, musical fields, artistic fields, underground music scenes
• Historicity, genealogy and diachrony of music scenes and art worlds from the post-war period to the present day
• Researching music: methodological challenges and dilemmas
• Subcultures, tribes, neo-tribes and underground scenes
• Contradictions and tensions between the underground and mainstream
• DIY Careers: alternative forms of musical, artistic and cultural entrepreneurship
• Style, aesthetic and musical corporeality
• Music scenes, art worlds: aging and gender
• Memory, technologies and the cultural and creative industries
• New intermediate and artistic production in the city and space
• Territorial mechanisms on music production, intermediation and consumption
• New dynamics of social inclusion through music and underground art practices
• Music and arts for social change, the arts and arts communities as part of urban culture
• Pedagogies and methodologies based on the underground
• Practices of resistance, and contemporary countercultural youth identities
• New social movements, music and other artistic scenes (local and global)
• Punk, post punk, metal, electro, funk, rap, hip hop: new musical and artistic boundaries
• Experimental music and new ethnographies of meaning
• Music scenes, DIY, liminality and public spaces
• Gatekeeping mechanisms, reputation building and (de)territorialization of cultural scenes
• Migrations, diasporas and identities: the role of music through the world


Call for Papers

Important Dates

Registration Fees
KISMIF Program
KISMIF Lunches
Gettin’ Underground Together!
Frequently Asked Questions



Book of Abstracts Book of Proceedings



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