Students at Royal Holloway,
University of London Royal Holloway,
University of London
 
Conferences index | Past conferences, 2007 | Golden Pages index | Music Department Home Page

Music and Evolutionary Thought

Hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, the School of Music, Durham University, and the Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge
To be held at the School of Music, Durham University, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June 2007


KEYNOTES: STEVEN MITHEN, SUSAN BLACKMORE

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE:

NICHOLAS BANNAN
IAN CROSS
TECMUSEH FITCH
STEVEN JAN
BENNETT ZON

CALL FOR PAPERS

Individual paper or panel proposals are invited on any aspect of the
relationship between music and evolutionary thought.

The conference aims to

* foster interdisciplinary synergy between hitherto often separate areas
  of research
* create a forum for dialogue to enhance understanding of the relationship
  between evolutionary thought and the study of music
* show how music can be used to support and develop genetic and
  evolutionary theories

Papers and panels might focus on such issues as:

* acoustics and perception
* animal song
* archaeology and music
* brain areas involved in musical processing
* composing with evolutionary models
* evolution and changing methodologies in the study of indigenous musics
* functions, uses, advantages, adaptations and universal features of music
  and music-making
* impact of evolutionary thought on musicologists, composers and critics
* influence of Spencer and Darwin on musical and musicological thought
* language and music
* memetics
* origins of music

Discussions and paper presentations will be in English.

INDIVIDUAL PAPER LENGTH: 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions
and discussion

PANEL LENGTH: 1 hour comprising three (twenty-minute) or four
(fifteen-minute) papers, followed by one half hour for questions and
discussion

PUBLICATION: It is intended to publish a volume of selected essays
emerging from the conference

ABSTRACT LENGTH:

Individual papers: 250 words, including (1) the paper title; (2) the
abstract; and (3) contact information (name, institution, email address)

Panels: a single abstract of no more than 1000 words, including (1) the
panel title; (2) a 150-word description of the conceptual framework of the
panel (3) the number and titles of individual papers; (4) a 150-word
abstract for each paper; and (5) contact information for all panel
participants (names, institutions, email addresses)

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT:

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than Friday 15
December 2006 to Bennett Zon (bennett.zon@durham.ac.uk).  The committee
will make final decision on proposals by the end of December 2006, and
contributors will be informed early in the new year.  Further information
will be posted on the conference website (www.dur.ac.uk/music.evolution/)
and all relevant web discussion lists.
Back to top of page
 
 
 
Last updated Tue, 28-Mar-2006 13:33 GMT / GAC
Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
Tel/Fax : +44 (0)1784 434455/437520