Experience, Engagement, Meaning.
Biennial conference of IASPM-UK/Ireland
2 - 4 September 2010.
Registration for the IASPM-UK conference is now open.
To register for the IASPM-UK conference, you must be a member of IASPM. If you are not yet a member of IASPM, please click here for membership information.
About the Conference
The sessions for Experience, Engagement, Meaning, will be held at the main building of the School of Music.
Each lecture room is equipped with a piano, standard audio equipment, video, DVD, a computer console with linked projector, and standard OHP. Delegates are welcome to use their laptops (PC or Mac) for their presentations, but we do recommend bringing the presentation on a memory stick as well, just in case.
All conference papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Please ensure that you time your paper accordingly, to last 20 minutes including all musical examples, film clips, etc..
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Bed & breakfast accommodation for the conference is available at Talybont North halls, located a 15-minute walk away from the conference site.
For those who wish to book outside accommodation, Cardiff offers many options, from budget hostels to 5-star hotels. Most everything in Cardiff is close to everything else, but here are a few of the most convenient options, all within 15 minutes’ walk of the conference site:
Travelling to Cardiff
Cardiff is served by the M4 and is easily accessible from all parts of Britain.
FROM THE WEST
Exit M4 at junction 32, follow signs for city centre (A470) until you reach Gabalfa interchange (where the A470 crosses the A48). Stay in left-hand lane, and continue on to the roundabout. Take the 4th exit from the roundabout, almost immediately after joining the A48; take the left lane and prepare to turn left at the first traffic lights, into Excelsior Road.
FROM THE EAST
Exit M4 at junction 29, follow A48(M) westbound. After the 5th turning off the A48 look for signs for Talybont Student Residence. After passing under the Gabalfa interchange (where A470 crosses the A48) take the left lane and prepare to turn left at the first traffic lights into Excelsior Road.
Once in Excelsior Road:
At mini roundabout take 1st exit, and then take the 1st right (McDonalds is on the left-hand side). Turn almost immediately right again, into Talybont. You will approach security gates.
Reception is at Southgate House (No 3 on the map) and is situated in the middle of the site adjacent to the Social Centre.
Car parking is available at Talybont North. Please use the main car park indicated on the map (below) as there is no parking outside the accommodation. Please note that there may be a short walk to your allocated accommodation.
Parking is not available at the School of Music. However, several public car parks are located close to the University, all of which are marked on Map 4. There is also pay and display car parking available on Park Place and within the civic centre (along College Road, City Hall Road, King Edward VII Avenue and Museum Avenue). This typically costs around £3.50 for five hours. Payment is by coin or debit/ credit card. Parking in the North Road car park is £5.00 per day. (Charges for city centre multi-storey car parks vary considerably, up to £12 per day.)
By Rail and Air
Talybont is approximately a 20-minute walk from the town centre. A taxi will cost around £7.00.
Travel By Rail
High-speed inter-city trains provide frequent services between all major British cities and Cardiff Central Station. From Cardiff Central, it is a 15-minute walk to the conference site. A taxi will cost around £5.00.
The closest train station to the School of Music is Cathays. Local trains run from Cardiff Central through Cathays on average 5 times an hour; travel time is 6 minutes, and Cathays Station is in Park Place, a very short walk from the School of Music.
Note to delegates arriving by coach: the Cardiff Central Bus Station is opposite the Cardiff Central Train Station.
Travel By Air
Delegates from Ireland, mainland Europe, northern England and Scotland can fly into Cardiff on KLM, Flybe, Aerlingus, BMIBaby, and Manx2. The optimistically-named Cardiff International Airport is 11 miles from the city centre. There is no direct rail link to the airport, but there is a shuttle bus which will transport passengers with a valid train ticket to the nearest station for the hourly service into town. The trip from Rhoose to Cardiff Central Station takes about 35 minutes. Cardiff Bus operates an hourly service, the x91, from the airport terminal to Cardiff Central Station. Taxis are also available from the airport, and the trip from the airport to the conference site will cost around £30.
There will be an opening reception for all conference delegates, sponsored by Cambridge University Press and the journal Popular Music. The reception will be held at the Temple of Peace, in Cardiff Civic Centre, just around the corner from the School of Music. There will be wine and nibbles provided.
Following the reception on Thursday evening, and following the conference sessions on Friday afternoon, delegates are welcome to explore Cardiff’s culinary and musical life. The conference committee has secured an open invitation for delegates to begin their evenings in the Cardiff Arts Institute, the preferred Mojito bar of local popologists.
A bit closer to the conference we will be posting information about the gigs being scheduled at the CAI and at Cardiff’s other nearby small music venues: Barfly, Clwb Ifor Bach, Gwdihw, Buffalo Bar, and Y Fuwch Goch.
The 2010 IASPM-UKI conference is being organised by:
Sarah Hill (Cardiff University)
Lee Marshall (Bristol University)
Keith Kahn-Harris (Birkbeck College)