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Re-Thinking Music in Art: New Directions in Music Iconography

Music Department, University of Otago, New Zealand, 26 - 28 June 2008

The Music Department at the University of Otago in New Zealand will be
hosting an international conference on music in art. The conference will
provide a forum for wide-ranging discussions on future directions,
opportunities and challenges for research in music iconography.

The organising committee has put out a call for papers, and has confirmed
Richard Leppert as the keynote speaker.

The area of music in art is by definition an interdisciplinary one, and
the multitude of research approaches and wide variety of subject matter
can be both a strength and a weakness. This conference aims to draw
together scholars from a variety of disciplines who share an interest in
the way music and musicians are represented in the visual arts.

We welcome papers from scholars whose research takes them into the
intersection between music and the visual. The conference is especially
concerned with issues of methodology, new or under-utilised subject
matter, and the relationship between music iconography and other fields of
musicology. Some specific topics include:

- Methodology in music iconography: the varieties of approach to music in
- Interdisciplinarity and music iconography: strengths and weaknesses
- Music in art in the Asia-Pacific region, especially indigeneity and
  identity in music imagery
- Popular music and imagery (including album covers)
- Music iconography and performance practice: authenticity and imagery in
  the postmodern paradigm
- Portraiture of musicians: portraits as cultural history, and approaches to

Free papers are also most welcome.

Paper presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (typically 20 minutes for
the presentation, and 10 minutes for discussion).

Initial enquiries of interest can be registered in the first instance to
Alan Davison at

Paper abstracts, single spaced and no longer than 200 words, must be
submitted electronically as a .doc or .rtf file as an email attachment by
1 March to:

On your abstract please indicate the following:

- title of paper
- author/s
- contact details
- three to four keywords

Original papers will be considered for publication in a proposed book to
be made up of selected, refereed papers.

For updates and further details please visit the conference website at:

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