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Poetics and Politics of Place in Music
Fortieth Baltic Musicological Conference

Vilnius, 17-20 October 2007

The Baltic musicological conferences began in 1967, as annual meetings of
an independent network for Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian musicological
communities. Descending from the Baltic Weeks, held during the interwar
period until 1941, these conferences have now evolved into a truly
international platform for cultural dialogue and collaboration. Over forty
years they have been migrating between Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn, thereby
enriching local musicological traditions and reaching wider international
acceptance. At the same time they served as a medium and tool of Baltic
cultural resistance during the years of political and ideological
oppression. In post-Soviet years the Baltic musicological conferences
opened up to wider international context as a forum for musicologists
specialising in all kinds of inderdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies.

The 40th Baltic Musicological Conference will take place in Vilnius, 17-20
October 2007. The conference is organised by the Musicological Section of
the Lithuanian Composers' Union in association with the International
Musicological Society and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Inspired by a cultural turn in current musicology, the 40th Baltic
Musicological Conference is devoted to the links of music as creative
practice and experience to its social and cultural contexts. The topic of
the conference, "Poetics and Politics of Place in Music", might include,
but is not limited to the following aspects:

-         cultural meaning of place and its impact on a musical work;
-         local vs. global in musical creativity and its reception;
-         music and community, music for community;
-         embeddedness of music in cultural context and intercultural
-         sense and representation of place in music and politics of 
	  cultural identity.

During the conference, special sessions will be dedicated to prominent 
Lithuanian composers and musicologists celebrating their anniversaries 
this year: a pioneer of Lithuanian quartertone music, composer 
Jeronimas Kacinskas (1907-2005), a representative of Lithuanian 
modernism, composer Jonas Nabazas (1907-2002), and a distinguished 
musicologist, current member of the European Parliament and one of the 
founders and leaders of the Baltic musicological collaboration, Prof. 
Vytautas Landsbergis (b. 1932). Concurrently with the conference, some 
musical events commemorating Kacinskas, Nabazas and their international 
links will be included in the programme of the "Gaida" international 
contemporary music festival slated for 15-25 October 2007.

The conference's programme committee consists of:

Algirdas Ambrazas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Jonas Bruveris (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Grazina Daunoraviciene (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Lyudmila Kovnatskaya (St Petersburg Conservatory and IMS)
Adam Krims (Nottingham University)
Helmut Loos (Leipzig University)
Raymond Monelle (Edinburgh University)
Eero Tarasti (Helsinki University)

The languages of the conference are English and German.

Deadline for paper proposals is 1 March 2007 (post mark or e-mail date).

Please submit proposals for papers of 30 minutes in length with an
abstract of no more than 500 words and a short CV by e-mail to, or by post to:

Musicological Section
Lithuanian Composers' Union
A. Mickeviciaus 29, LT-08117 Vilnius

The notification of acceptance will be sent out at the end of May 2007 at
the latest. There is no participation fee for the conference. The
Musicological Section of the Lithuanian Composers' Union will cover
accommodation and cultural programme expenses for all active participants.
For more information about the international Baltic musicological
conferences, Lithuanian music, composers and events, visit
(Lithuanian Music and Publishing Centre) and (Lithuanian
Composers' Union).

The proceedings of the conference will be published as an anthology.  
Should you wish to receive further information about the conference,
please contact:

Musicological Section
Lithuanian Composers' Union
A. Mickeviciaus 29, LT-08117 Vilnius
Tel: (370) 5 212 36 11

Fax: (370) 5 212 0939
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