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Thirteenth Nordic Musicological Congress
Aarhus, August 2000


The 13th Nordic Musicological Congress will be hosted by the Department of
Musicology at the University of Aarhus, and will be held from Tuesday 15
August to Saturday 19 August 2000

The congress is open to all interested registered participants, and is
divided into plenary morning sessions and individual sessions during the

The programme will be divided into plenary morning sessions and individual
afternoon sessions. The four morning sessions are devoted to the following
themes (preliminary descriptions):

Wednesday 16 August

Music as Culture - Setting new Agendas

Within today's musical scholarship a number of different research
activities deliberately cultivate alternatives to the more conventional
musicological fields of research in an attempt to expand, question or even
replace the canonical, theoretical and methodological norms of predominant
agendas. These often interdisciplinary activities include cultural
studies, gender studies, popular music studies, and other forms of studies
associated with New Musicology, as well as ethnomusicology and sociology
of music. Common to all is the basic understanding of music as a social
and cultural phenomenon. The aim of the session is to present and debate
general as well as specific issues within this scholarly spectrum.

Thursday 17 August

Music as Text - Revising the Analytical Agenda

Distinguished by constant revision and renewal of its methodological
agenda, the field of music analysis has found inspiration in as disparate
areas as hermeneutics and, more recently, semiotics in its attempt to deal
with the meaning and effect of musical works. This ongoing process of
methodological expansion and actual redefinition has to some degree also
been dictated by the embrace of new kinds of musical material, e.g.
popular music and electro acoustic music, the usually non-graphic nature
of which necessitates new approaches to the determination of key
parameters, to the discussion of musical meaning and to the basic question
of what constitutes a musical work. The aim of the session is to present
and debate key issues in relation to todays analytical research
activities and their objectives.

Friday 18 August

Music Education and Music Therapy

The expansion of the musicological fields of research also comprises music
education (including interpretation) and music therapy. Within the Nordic
countries this change has been made obvious by the conversion of
conservatoires into research institutions, by various instances of
integration of music academies and university music departments, and by
the fact that institutions of research and education have been established
within music education and music therapy. The aim of the session is to
present the current state of these fields of research and to demonstrate
their place within musical scholarship at large.

Saturday 19 August

Musicology and Communication

The consequences of the rapid development within information technology,
including an increased societal interest in (or rather evaluation of)
scholarly research and education, have made the communication and
dissemination of research achievements a key issue. How have scholars
responded to this challenge so far, and how should they respond in the
future? These issues merit illumination and debate from various
perspectives, including their relevance to specific research programmes,
e.g. the extensive Nordic historical projects, the question of mass media
mediation in general, and, perhaps most topical, the scholar's
appropriation and utilization of the latest electronic media, e.g. the

The working group of each of these morning sessions will propose a
key-note speaker and select a discussion-panel, whose participants will
present statements related to the initial key note presentation. Congress
participants are of course welcome to join the debate.

The afternoons are reserved for individual presentations, and proposals
are invited for free papers, thematic sessions, round table sessions, and
poster presentations in all areas of musicology. Thematic groupings of
free papers will be arranged by the Programme Committee.

Important dates:

Deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals: 1 December 1999
Notification to Authors: February 2000
Publication of provisional programme: March 2000
Deadline for registration: 1 April 2000
Congress: 15-19 August 2000

Contributions from both scholars and Ph.D. students are welcomed. 

Please read the following guidelines carefully.

Free Papers
The duration of free papers will be strictly limited to twenty minutes,
leaving ten minutes for questions and discussion. The abstract must not
exceed 1000 characters and should represent the talk as fully as possible,
i.e. provide sufficient information as to the aims, methods, results and
implications of the research in question.

Thematic Sessions
Groups of participants may propose an entire session consisting of two to
five papers, devoted to a single topic. The Programme Committee reserves
the right to reconfigure the makeup of any session proposed.

Round-table Sessions
The Programme Committee also invites proposals for more informal panel
discussions, e.g. examining a central body of scholarly work or a
methodological theme. Rather than free papers, the round-table sessions
should include brief statements by the participants not exceeding ten
minutes each, so that there will be ample time for discussion. Organizers
of panel discussions should submit an outline of the issues and the names
of all panelists.

Poster Sessions
Stands will be available for poster-project sessions.


Abstracts of proposed papers, sessions, or posters can be submitted by
mail (paper and - if possible - on disk), fax, or e-mail and should reach
us by 1 December 1999.

The abstract must include the following details: name, institutional
affiliation, full mailing address, phone, e-mail address, fax number.

All authors will be notified of receipt via e-mail, fax, or mail.

Papers should be delivered in one of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish,
Norwegian, Danish), English, or German (please note that no translation
will be provided).

All abstracts will be published in the booklet distributed at the

The relevant addresses are as follows:

Mail:	NMK 2000
	Department of Musicology
	University of Aarhus
	Langelandsgade 139
	DK-8000 Aarhus C

Fax:	+45-89 42 51 64