Field Notes is the section in The Journal of Popular Music Studies devoted to chronicling and reflecting on the numerous ways people write about our subject. In that spirit, the journal convened a Field-Notes-themed plenary session at the 2019 IASPM-US meeting to discuss the current state of popular music studies, IASPM style. The editorial team identified four broad topics for discussion: identity, membership, conferences, and the journal itself. We invited people to speak briefly on each topic to open up a conversation with the audience. Those remarks and that conversation are printed below, edited for concision and clarity.

Norma Coates: I attended my first IASPM conference...

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