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Call for Applications

2nd International Summer School Methods of Popular Music Analysis

Osnabrueck (Germany), 14th-18th September 2015

The GfPM (German Society for Popular Music Studies) and the University of Osnabrueck are inviting applications for participation in the 2nd International Summer School “Methods of Popular Music Analysisat the Institute of Musicology and Music Pedagogy in Osnabrueck, Germany, from Monday 14th to Friday 18th September 2015.

The summer school is addressed to postgraduates and Ph.D. students who are currently working on a research project that involves analytical approaches towards popular music. The summer school offers seminars by invited lecturers on key topics of popular music analysis and work in small groups of participants on joint analyses. Language of seminars and lectures will be English.

The summer school is funded by the VolkswagenStiftung. The foundation will come up for your accommodation costs. Travelling costs for 2nd class railway tickets or economy class flights can be funded with up to 600 Euro (approx. 640 US Dollar) for overseas, 300 Euro for European and 150 Euro for German participants (if not paid for by your home institution). Childcare will be provided if needed. The participation fee is 140 Euro.

The deadline for applications is May 15th. The 25 accepted applicants will be notified by May 31st.

Applications should include

- an academic CV incl. a documentation of postgraduate or doctoral status (e.g. copy of a certificate)

- a short description of a) your current project in popular music research and b) of your motivation for participating in our summer school (max. 900 words in total).

Please state if you will need day care for your child(ren).

Applications should be emailed to Dietrich Helms.


Prof. Dr. Dietrich Helms – Dr. Ralf von Appen – Dr. André Doehring


Visitors who have come to this site to find information on the conference "The Languages of Popular Music" please follow this link.


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Meet the lecturers

Prof. Dr. Anne Danielsen (University of Oslo, Norway)

Prof. Dr. Walter Everett (University of Michigan, USA)

Prof. Dr. Allan F. Moore (University of Surrey, UK)

Prof. Dr. Mark J. Butler (Northwestern University, Evanston, USA)

Dr. Samantha Bennett (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)

Dr. Dai Griffiths (Oxford Brookes University, UK)

Dr. Ralf von Appen (University of Giessen, Germany)

Dr. André Doehring (University of Giessen, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Helms (Osnabrueck University, Germany)



You will find information about traveling to Osnabrück here.

Read the proceedings of the 1st Osnabrueck Summer School  (2011)

All lecturers and participants of our first summer school have contributed to a book that has recently been published by Ashgate. The book contains 13 analyses of recent songs.

Song interpretation in 21st Century Pop Music. Ed. by R. v. Appen, A. Doehring, D. Helms and A. F. Moore. Farnham: Ashgate 2015.

You will find more information about the book here. Please read the introduction to our book to learn more about our ideas of analysing popular music. 



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