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Critical Theory and Experimental Music
Hobart, December 2001

(details of conference below this call).

I am seeking abstracts for papers to be included on a panel on 'Critical Theory
and Experimental Music'.

Recent experimental music, especially in the electronic domain, has of late shown
itself to be theoretically informed. Artists such as DJ Spooky can regularly be
heard citing various texts from the Critical Theory canon, and the number of
labels or various artists compilations themed around the works of Theorists and
Philosophers is ever increasing (cf "In memoriam Gilles Deleuze", the label Mille
plateaux and its offshoot Ritornell to name but a few).

Papers are sought which investigate this intersection between experimental music
and critical theory. Questions to be addressed might include but are not
restricted to:

--How does theory inform music and what kind of music does this produce? Does such
  music differ substantially in its intentionality?
--How are the ideas of various philosophers and theorists translated into a
  musical vocabulary?
--Do works that attempt to express in music the musical ideas contained in the
  written texts of various philosophers convey the sense of the latter sense more
  faithfully than the original?
--To what extent does theoretically-informed music inform or transform theory?
--How do we read music theoretically?

Submissions should also take into account the general theme of the conference
(details below).

Abstracts should be sent to:

before May 30th 2001.

Queries on THIS CALL ONLY should be addressed to this same address.

A final decision on papers for this panel will be made soon after to leave any
rejected papers the opportunity of resubmitting as an individual papers before the
major conference call deadline.

QUERIES ABOUT THE CONFERENCE itself (details below) should be addressed to Ian
Buchanan (University of Tasmania) whose contact details follow the conference info.

"What's Left of Theory?"

University of Tasmania, Hobart,
December 8-10 2001

Keynote Speaker: Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson once said, we can't really know what a thing is until it has
become something else. It might therefore be said that theory's truth will only be
available to us when it has ceased to be. Which prompts the question: is theory
still alive and well, or has it indeed mutated into something else? If it has
vanished did it leave a trace? Is it its successor stained with its legacy? But
just as importantly, we can perhaps now, for the first time, determine what theory
really is/was.

Fredric Jameson also said that in his opinion, theory itself is a product of a
leftist impulse in critical thinking. Thus despite all the criticism that has been
heaped on theory's progenitor structuralism for its apolitical approach to
analysis, it was in Jameson's view at least, born of Marxist modes of thinking.
This gives our question above quite a different spin: is theory a leftist
enterprise? Or perhaps we should ask, was it a leftist enterprise? And if it was,
is its successor still leftist? Or has there been a swerve to the right in
critical thinking to go along with the movement beyond theory?

Papers are called for that address these questions in an interdisciplinary
fashion. The Deadline for abstracts is July 20 2001.

Please contact Ian Buchanan, School of English and European Languages and
Literatures, The University of Tasmania.

Dr Greg Hainge, Associate Lecturer in French
Centre for European Studies, Adelaide University SA 5005.
tel: (Int. + 61) (08) 8303 5659, fax: 8303 5241  (flash required) (no flash required)