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21. International DVSM-Conference 2006

Mainz, October 2006

Call for Papers

"...of the waves or rays or whatever this fantastic stuff is, which just 
carries the notes through the air -- if you like."
(Benno Meyer-Wehlack, acceptance speech for the Radio Play Award of the 
Blind Veterans, 1958)

The Students' Committee of the Musicology Department of Mainz University
and the DVSM e.V. cordially invite you to join the 21st International
Students' Conference at the Musicology Department in Mainz from October
11th until October 14th.

2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of Valdemar Poulsen's
light arc transmitter, which allowed the changeover from telegraphy to
analog voice transmission in radio technology. This was the start signal
for the development from simple transmission of the human voice to modern
sound broadcasting. Since its introduction the radio has been closely
related to music. A broadcasting station without any musical component
seems unimaginable nowadays. Conversely, musicians profit to a great
extent from radio as a medium. Within the domain of popular music these
profits are achieved mainly through distributions of the GEMA as well as
through the advertising effects of song placement within the programme. In
Germany, composers and musicians of classical music are heavily dependent
on the support of the public broadcasting stations. Performances of
contemporary music, especially, often only become possible through
cooperation with those public broadcasting stations and their orchestras
and ensembles. Thus, the promotion of musical culture is one of the main
tasks of these radio stations;  however, it is endangered by the
omnipresent tight situation of economy.  On the other hand, the supply of
commercially-oriented "easy-going tootling" is increasing, which has
already prompted the German newspaper Die Zeit to issue a call for help to
"Save the Radio" (9/2005 issue). How music and broadcasting cooperate in
the wide spectrum of mass compatibility and minority programming will,
among others, be a subject of the conference lectures. The topic "radio /
broadcasting" can be discussed from various musicological points of view
and concerns all different kinds of music. Possible questions to be dealt
with might be the extent to which public broadcasting is involved in
developing musical taste, or which status it has in our modern society. We
would especially like to encourage students of this topic to participate
in the conference, but we also, by all means, welcome everyone who is
interested in contributing to this subject. Because the conference is
interdisciplinary in nature, we expressly welcome contributions from other
disciplines besides musicology. Those interested in active participation
in the symposium should send their abstracts (300 words max.) and a brief
resumé to the Students' Committee of the Musicology Department of Mainz
University, preferably by email in a usual text editing format.
Alternatively, you may send them by regular mail to the following address
(entry deadline: April 30th):

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Fachbereich 07: Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Fachschaftsrat Musikwissenschaft
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
D-55128 Mainz

keyword: DVSM-Symposium

In certain circumstances, we may be able to provide financial support for
travel and lodging expenses.

For further information please look up our website at

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