10th conference in Music Theory and Analysis

International Conference


Department of Music Theory

Faculty of Music

University of Arts in Belgrade

8-10 November 2013



Department of Music Theory, Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, is pleased to invite proposals for the 10th conference Music Theory and Analysis to be held from 8 to 10 November 2013 in Belgrade.

The main topic of the conference – Musical Semiotics, 40 years after

This year the conference will be dedicated to the jubilee – 40th anniversary of the First International Congress on Semiotics of Music, held in October 1973 in Belgrade. The Conference in 1973, organized by Centro di Iniziativa Culturale from Pesaro, Center for Cultural Initiative and the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade, with particular contribution of Gino Stefani (Rome) and Dragutin Gostuški (Belgrade), belongs to the events signifying beginnings of musical semiotics in Europe. This conference saw participation of authors whose work would mark semiotics of music and music analysis in the following decades, all to the present day. The contributions to the conference from 1973 were given, among others, by Mario Baroni, Célestin Deliège, Boris Gasparov, Carlo Jacoboni, Michel Imberty, Erhard Karkoschka, Jean Jacques Nattiez, David Osmond-Smith, Boris Porena, Gino Stefani, Ivo Supičić … This gathering resulted in publication of conference proceedings: Gino Stefani (ed.), Actes du ler Congrès International de Sémiotique musicale: Proceedings of the 1st International Congress on Semiotics of Music (Beograd, 17-21 October 1973), Centro di iniziativa culturale, Pesaro, 1975.

The main subject of this year conference is opportunity for the authors dedicated to research in these areas to:

–                  present their individual view of the development of musical semiotics for the last forty years;

–                  thematize actual situation in musical semiotics, regarding its numerous and complex inner branching, geographical, as well as methodological. Some of possible streams of these thematizations are:”light“ and ”hard“ semiotics of music; musical semiotics and linguistics in actual research, psychological semantics of music, musical cognition, musical communication, semiotics and researches in musical narrativity, musical semiotics and hermeneutics, computer analysis of music …

–                  dedicate their work to specific aspects of musical meaning and the relationships that it establishes to: the musical discourse, (musical) time, verbal meaning, verbal and musical text (including problems of intertextuality), music style …

The other two topics of the conference – History of Music Theory and Concepts and Methods of Music Theory and Analysis make it possible for authors to give contributions in these domains, independently of the semiotic approach.

Official language of the conference is English. We kindly ask the contributing authors to submit their abstracts (about 400 words) for 20-minute papers, as well as their short biographies to the following address: muzickateorija@fmu.bg.ac.rs , by 1 July 2013. The submitted papers will be reviewed by the scientific committee, and the results will be announced by 15 July 2013.


Scientific Committee

Mario Baroni (Università di Bologna)

Michel Imberty (Université Paris X – Nanterre)

Carlo Jacoboni (Università di Modena)

Herbert Schneider (Universität des Saarlandes)

Anna Rita Addessi (Università di Bologna)

Anica Sabo (Univerzitet umetnosti u Beogradu)

Jan Philipp Sprick (Hohschule für Musik und Theater Rostock)

Ana Stefanović (Univerzitet umetnosti u Beogradu)

Ivana Vuksanović (Univerzitet umetnosti u Beogradu)


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