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Reviewing the Canon: Borrowed Music in Films
Stanford, May 2003


Call for Papers:

Reviewing the Canon: Borrowed Music in Films
Conference at Stanford University, May 1-4, 2003


The Music Department at Stanford, in conjunction with the Stanford
Humanities Center, invites paper proposals for an interdisciplinary
conference on "non-original" music in motion pictures.

This meeting will explore the uses of pre-existent music in film, ranging
from Gregorian chant, symphony and opera music to Avant-garde, pop, jazz,
and music borrowed from other films. We will consider the meanings that
borrowed music has contributed both to soundtrack and as a diegetic
element. We invite papers on the historical and technical aspects of
musical borrowings, and on aesthetic and hermeneutic issues raised by such
quotations and allusions. Papers may address any musical style, cinematic
genre, and period.

Invited guest speakers:
Claudia Gorbman (University of Washington, keynote): Something Borrowed,
	Something New: Marriages of Movie and Music
Daniel Goldmark (University of Alabama): Classical Music and the Animated
	Canon
Martin Marks (MIT): Fathers and Sons: The Music of The Godfather Films, 
	Parts I and II
Robynn Stilwell (Georgetown University): The return of the suppressed: The
	liminal and abject voice of the adolescent girl

Presentations should be 45 minutes, including discussion. Proposals must
be received by January 31, 2003. Please submit a title, abstract (500
words, in English), curriculum vita, and contact information by regular
mail, fax or email (HTML, MS Word, WordPerfect, or RTF) to:

Tobias Plebuch
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4015, USA
plebuch@stanford.edu
Fax: +1-(650) 723-1895

For up-to-date information about the conference please consult the
symposium website at http://www.stanford.edu/group/filmmusic/ or contact
Ashley Roof [massenet@Stanford.EDU]