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IASPM-US is an interdisciplinary and inter-professional organization that represents the United States branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Through its annual meetings, its quarterly publication The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and its website, IASPM-US promotes a range of scholarly and other approaches to the study of popular music.

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2022 David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize Announcement

The IASPM-US Sanjek Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2022 David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize presented at this year’s conference is Cibele Moura (Cornell University) for her paper “‘O Proibidão do Bolsonaro:’ The New Right’s Cannibalization of Transgression” Honorable mention goes to Kate Hamori (Indiana University) for her paper “It’s Brutal Out Here: Adolescence, Betrayal, and Vulnerability in Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR.”

The Sanjek Paper Prize committee was impressed with the many excellent submissions they received covering a range of popular music studies subjects. Both Moura’s and Hamori’s papers deal with timely topics. Moura’s research on Brazilian politics and the New Right’s surprising adoption of a popular song deftly mixes theory and cultural critique, while Hamori contextualizes Olivia Rodrigo’s music within the emotional trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both papers encourage us to hear familiar music in a new light – broadening our understanding of popular music’s meanings. The committee extends their congratulations to both students, and wishes to thank all those of who submitted their work.

2022 Sanjek Awards Committee: Theo Cateforis, Chair; Norma Coates, Justin Patch

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