The Conference Convenors welcome abstracts pertaining to the following topics, taking into account the KISMIF 2021 theme – DIY Cultures and Global Challenges:

    • The role/importance of social spaces/places/territories in underground music scenes and DIY cultures at the local, trans-local and virtual level.
    • Gender, migrations, diasporas, refugees and artistic and musical movements.
    • Cities, space and contemporary countercultural resistance, social and artistic practices.
    • Music scenes, new actors, new equalities: gender, immigrants and the unemployed.
    • New artistic and musical productions and intermediations that support spatial justice and environmental stability.
    • Transitions towards sustainability in the DIY scenes and new DIY sustainable (sub)cultures that re-think the traditional processes through the – social, economic and environmental – sustainability lenses.
    •  ‘Green’ movements aiming to improve local community life, fight environmental challenges and promote sustainable development, and their relationships with music/artistic scenes.
    • The role of societal challenges, trans-local and virtual mechanisms of production, intermediation and musical consumption.
    • Developments in social theory around the counter-hegemonic art worlds, musical fields, artistic fields, local/trans-local/virtual music scenes.
    • Humanitarian movements, instabilities and disasters, memory, historicity, genealogy and diachrony of music/artistic scenes.
    • Subcultures, post-subcultures, tribes, neo-tribes and ageing.
    • Heritage, retromania and local/trans-local/virtual DIY archives and community development.
    • Theoretical and methodological challenges/dilemmas in the research of artistic differences all over the world.
    • Urban micro-economies, DIY careers and inequalities: alternative forms of musical, artistic and cultural entrepreneurship.
    • Pedagogies and interventions based on artistic/musical DIY and socioethnic justice.
    • Music scenes and (sub)cultures, ageing, ethnicity and development.
    • DIY urban aesthetics, including resistance towards gentrification.
    • Crisis, protest songs and new dynamics of social inclusion through music and underground artistic practices and DIY.
    • Spaces, places and the festivalization of culture, music, underground and DIY practices.
    • Peripheral music and artistic scenes, empowerment and social justice.
    • Post-colonialism, decolonisation, transglobal artistic and musical scenes and citizenship.
    • Arts-based research and cultural policies in the global North and global South.
    • Music-making, COVID-19 and social change.
    • Impacts of the pandemic on cultural and artistic work, in the global North and in global South.
    • Pandemic, inequalities and forms of artistic and cultural resistance.
    • DIY in times of a global health crisis.
    • Well-being, quality of life, and artistic practices in a post-COVID-19 context.
    • Public policies for the arts and culture during the COVID-19
    • Artistic utopias and dystopias.


Submit your proposal until 28 February 2021 HERE!

All the abstracts already submitted for KISMIF 2020, will be counted as a submission for next year’s Conference