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Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900-2000
(Crosscurrents: Wechselwirkungen zwischen amerikanischer und europäischer Musik, 1900-2000)

An international conference in two parts: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 30 October - 1 November 2008; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, 7-9 May 2009


CALL FOR PAPERS

Recognizing the extraordinary degree of interaction between North American
and European music and musicians during the twentieth century, we invite
papers exploring this cultural exchange and its historiographical
implications. Possible topics include:

* exile and emigration
* pedagogical networks
* institutional exchanges (for example concert tours, festivals, 
  societies)
* the role of technology in the dissemination and composition of music
* convergence and divergence of musical languages
* differing cultural hierarchies and their interactions (high and low, U
  und E)
* cultural politics (diplomacy, propaganda, state-sponsored initiatives)

These issues can be discussed in relation to a broad range of musical
idioms -- whether concert music, popular music, musical theater, jazz, or
film music -- as well as to musical scholarship and criticism.  The
conference will be organized jointly by the Harvard University Department
of Music (Carol Oja, Anne C. Shreffler), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Munich (Wolfgang Rathert), and the Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel (Felix
Meyer).

We anticipate being able to cover travel expenses.  Participants will be
expected to publish their papers in the conference report.  Conference
languages are English and German.

You may indicate a preference for presenting in Cambridge, MA, or in
Munich, should your paper be accepted; however, we reserve the right to
allocate topics to the appropriate session and location.

Please send an abstract of not more than 250 words as well as a short
(maximum 50-word) biography to currents at fas.harvard.edu or to the
postal address "Crosscurrents" c/o Department of Music, Harvard
University, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.

Deadline: June 1, 2007. 
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