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Loose Canons
Canberra, August/September 2001

for National Festival of Women's Music

30th Aug-2nd Sept 2001
"Loose Canons"

Dr. Ruth Lee Martin Conference Director

One-day conference on 30th August 2001, held in Canberra,
on any issues dealing with women and music

 Keynote speaker:  Ruth A. Solie
 Professor of music at Smith College and a participant in
their women's studies program. She is also an associate editor of '19th
Century Music'; co-editor, with Eugene Narmour of 'Explorations in Music,
the Arts, and Ideas: Essays in Honour of Leonard B Meyer' (1988); and
well-known author of many articles which give a feminist perspective on
nineteenth-century music and its cultural and intellectual history.

Papers on the above issues are welcomed. The final date for submission: 8th
June 2001. 

Two forums held in conjunction with the conference:

Friday 31st August 10.00 - 11.30am
Musicologists and Composers panel discussion
Can a voice that is essentially female be distinguished from any other voices that
constitute musical identity? Can identity be truly expressed in music?

Saturday 1st September 9.00 - 10.30am
Musicologists and Composers Forum
Women's music and feminist musicology has undermined and destabilised the canon.
As a result an alternative canon(s) has arisen. Yet, is the concept of canonicity
itself an inherently patriachal construct? Are there alternatives and if so, what
might they be?

Conference registration: $60/$40 concession.
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