Music, Audio, Radio and Sound Working Group

The Music Audio Radio & Sound Working Group (MARS) examines audio-based forms of media through empirical and theoretical research. MARS provides an international space to investigate all aspects of audio-based media as an expanding field of enquiry, concerning the role of sound industries (understood broadly and including radio, music and sound industries), the content they produce, the infrastructure and actors involved in producing it (including artists, presenters, producers, journalists but also distributors, technicians, managers) and the audiences who engage with it.

The Working Group considers scholarship about the audible sphere of media and communication as interdisciplinary in nature, applying diverse methodologies and theoretical frameworks, including, but not limited to political economy; media and communication; cultural approaches; audience studies; journalism; ethnomusicology; sociology of culture; discourse studies; sound studies; media history; and the participatory and community media.

Co-Chair: Ignacio Gallego (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid -UC3M-, School of Humanities, Communication and Library Science, Spain) Contact: jigalleg [at]
Co-Chair: Mia Lindgren (Swinburne University of Technology, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Australia) Contact: mlindgren [at]

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IAMCR's Music, Audio, Radio and Sound Working Group invites the submission of proposals for single papers and multi-paper sessions (the online conference equivalent of a panel in a face to face conference) for IAMCR 2021, which will be held online from 11 to 15 July, with a regional hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The deadline for submission is 9 February 2021, at 23.59 UTC.
IAMCR's Music, Audio, Radio and Sound (MARS) Working Group invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for the 2020 conference of the Association, which will be held from 12 to 16 July, 2020 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.