CRESC at Manchester University are hosting an event ‘The Social Spaces of Music: Networks, Worlds, Fields and Scenes’. It has an impressive list of speakers. Here’s a link to the details. And here is the blurb:
Music researchers have increasingly explored music as a social practice in which participants have varying degrees of engagement, seeking to analyse the ‘social spaces’ within which music is produced and consumed. There are a number of competing conceptions of this ‘space’, including music ‘worlds’, ‘fields’, ‘scenes’ and ‘networks’. This conference brings into dialogue different approaches to researching music, to consider how different conceptual and methodological approaches help us to explore the social spaces of music; and exploring a diverse range of musical genres/arenas including: folk, post-punk; hip-hop, electronica and post-rock; R&B and calypso; Riot Grrrl and Ladyfest; classical; and Italian opera.