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CFP: Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! Gender, differences, identities and DIY cultures’

March 6, 2018


The fourth KISMIF International Conference ‘Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! Gender, differences, identities and DIY cultures’ (KISMIF Conference 2018) will take place in Porto, Portugal, between 3 July and 7 July 2018.

The submission of abstracts 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, such as design, illustration, popular music, cinema, visual and performing arts. This initiative follows the great success of the three past editions of the KISMIF Conference (held in 2014, 2015 and 2016) and brings together an international community of researchers focusing on underground music scenes and do-it-yourself culture.

In 2018, the scientific programme of KISMIF will once again be accompanied by a diverse  social and cultural programme, characterised by a series of artistic events, with special focus on underground music and other artistic expressions. The aim is to provide a unique experience in terms of the transglobal DIY cultures.

The conference will be preceded by a summer school entitled ‘What difference do DIY cultures make?’ on 3 July 2018 in Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto. The summer
school will offer an opportunity for all interested persons, including those participating in the conference, to attend workshops led by specialists in these fields. More information about the
Summer School will be progressively disseminated in the KISMIF Conference website:

The conference convenors welcome abstracts pertaining to the following topics, taking into account the KISMIF 2018 themes gender, differences identities and its relation with DIY cultures: 

•The role/importance of gendered spaces/places/territories in underground music scenes
and DIY cultures at the local, translocal and virtual level.
•Gender, migrations, diasporas, refugees and artistic and musical movements.
•Cities, space and contemporary countercultural resistance, social and artistic practices.
•Music scenes, new actors, new equalities: gender, queer, LGBT.
•New artistic and musical productions and intermediations in favor of spatial justice and
gender equality.
•The role of gender in local, translocal and virtual mechanisms of production,
intermediation and musical consumption.
•Developments in social theory around the gendered art worlds, musical fields, artistic
fields, local/translocal/virtual music scenes.
•Gender, memory, historicity, genealogy and diachrony of music/artistic scenes.
•Subcultures, post-subcultures, tribes, neo-tribes and gender.
•Heritage, retromania and local/translocal/virtual DIY archives.
•Theoretical and methodological challenges/dilemmas in the research of artistic
•Urban micro-economies, DIY careers and gender: alternative forms of musical, artistic
and cultural entrepreneurship.
•Pedagogies and interventions based on artistic/musical DIY and social justice.
•Music scenes and (sub)cultures, ageing, ethnicity and development.
•City and aesthetics: musical and artistic styles and aesthetic transformations.
•Urban spaces and new dynamics of social inclusion through music and underground
artistic practices and DIY.
•Spaces, places and the festivalization of culture, music, underground and DIY practices.
•Ethnicities, creative, musical and artistic roots and hybridity.
•Post-colonialism, transglobal artistic and musical scenes and citizenship.

Types of Contributions:

•Keynote Lectures;
•Parallel Sessions;
•Creative Workshops;
•Creative Performances;
•DJ Sets;
•Book Launches.

The language of the conference is English. Paper presentations may also
be in Portuguese, but all the materials submitted must be written in English.

The KISMIF  has extended the deadline for proposals’ submissions to 06 March 2018.

Specific instructions for submissions can be found on the KISMIF website.



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