Introduction

Aims:

To encourage collegial research into popular music

To provide mutual support for researchers active in the field of popular music

To foster inter- cross- and multi-disciplinary research projects related to popular music

To provide support for popular music research development in the institution

To provide opportunities to discuss subjects related to popular music research

Rationale:

The University of Huddersfield’s Popular Music Studies Research Group (PMSRG) aims to promote and advance popular music research at a national and international level and to disseminate that excellence in research to the global popular music community. It does so by working with researchers and academics from all disciplines interested in popular music studies, as well as with musicians, composers, producers and other members of the music industry. It aims to include practice-based research, and study of the creative industries, as well as critical and contextual exploration of the reception and cultures of popular music.

The research group's approach to popular music is broad and inclusive, including areas such as commercial music, traditional and folk music, ethnomusicology, electronic dance music and numerous other genres and styles. The definition of popular music is a complex much-discussed topic, and PMSRG defines the field broadly.

Popular Music Studies is an interdisciplinary field that inevitably crosses boundaries of subject and discipline. PMSRG has been set up in order to develop research in this field within the University, and to encourage collegial activity between partners from different parts of the institution, and with external partners from other institutions and the music industry. We encourage all interested parties to attend meetings.

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