From 1 October 2019 to 28 February 2021.

We are pleased to announce the fifth edition of the international KISMIF Conference ‘Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! DIY Cultures and Global Challenges’ (KISMIF 2021) that will take place in Porto, Portugal, from 7 to 10 of July 2021. The submission of abstracts for this conference is open to artists, researchers and academics who work in the areas of sociology, anthropology, history, cultural economy, cultural studies, geography, philosophy, urban planning, media and cognate disciplines such as design, illustration, popular music, dance, cinema and visual and performing arts.

This initiative is a continuum of the enormous success of the four previous editions of the KISMIF Conference (held in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018) and brings together an international community of researchers and artists with a focus on alternative music scenes and do-it-yourself cultures.

The KISMIF Conference offers a unique forum in which participants can discuss and share information about alternative cultures and DIY practices. KISMIF focuses on cultural practices often opposed to conventional forms of production and cultural mediation, mass produced and commodified. Within this framework, there is an anti-hegemonic positioning around aesthetic policies and lifestyles. KISMIF is the first, and to date, only conference in the world that examines the theory and practice of DIY cultures as an increasingly significant form of alternative cultural practice in the global context.

The conference has a multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary approach by accepting contributions from academics, artists and activists involved in all aspects of alternative scenes and DIY cultures, and based on various methodologies— quantitative, qualitative and multi-methodological analyzes. The aim is to discuss not only about music but also other artistic fields such as cinema and video, graffiti and street arts, theater and performing arts, literature and poetry, radio, programming and editing, graphic design, illustration, cartoons and comics. Seeking to respond to the reiterated desire by researchers, artists and activists present in previous editions of the KISMIF Conference, the fifth edition of KISMIF will focus on ‘DIY Cultures and Global Challenges’.

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