Call for Applications: Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society

by Victor Szabo on December 8, 2015

Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society
Case Western Reserve University
2016 Junior Faculty Symposium

Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
June 14 – 16, 2016

Application Deadline: January 31, 2016

In response to many members’ call for more substantial career development programs, the Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society, in collaboration with Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, will host its 2nd biennial developmental symposium for early-career popular music scholars (widely defined) in June 2016.  We welcome applications from junior and part-time faculty, recent PhD graduates, and ABD candidates. This symposium is designed to help early-career scholars:

  • Form networks of early-career and senior popular music scholars outside your institution;
  • Establish effective collegial relationships within your institution;
  • Develop a fulfilling alt-ac career;
  • Navigate promotion and tenure processes; and
  • Consider different strategies for pedagogical challenges.

A substantial part of the program will include work-shopping a journal article or book chapter with two senior scholars and other symposium participants. The remainder of the symposium is dedicated to breakout and one-on-one sessions on teaching, success at the workplaces, and job search strategies.  There will also be ample social time for networking and the informal exchange of ideas.

To be considered for this symposium, applicants should submit the following to Eric Hung (, Chair of AMS-PMSG, no later than January 31, 2016:

  • A Current CV
  • A brief letter explaining how this symposium might benefit your career
  • A 10-15-page excerpt of a not-yet-published article or book chapter for the workshop

Applicants do not need to be current members of the AMS-Popular Music Study Group.

The symposium will begin around noon on Tuesday, June 14, and conclude on Thursday afternoon, June 16.  The registration fee of $200 (we hope to lower this once we do some fund-raising) covers on-campus housing for Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Participants will be expected to cover their own meals and travel to the conference.

Previous post:

Next post: