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Eduard Hanslick: Aesthetic, Critical, and Cultural Contexts

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Call For Papers

Eduard Hanslick: Aesthetic, Critical, and Cultural Contexts

On 24 and 25 June 2009, the first international conference on Eduard Hanslick will take place at University College Dublin. This is being hosted by the UCD School of Music, in association with the School of Music and Sonic Arts (Queen’s University Belfast), Conservatory of Music and Drama (Dublin Institute of Technology) and German Studies, UCD School of Languages and Literatures. It will explore the work and legacy of Eduard Hanslick, the most influential critic in the Austro-Germanic sphere of the late-nineteenth century. The conference has the following aims: to analyse Hanslick’s writings and discuss their importance for musicology, and the study of aesthetics and cultural issues; to scrutinise the structure of Hanslick’s critical thinking and aesthetic theories; and to present and develop new research on Hanslick.

The keynote speaker is Professor James Deaville (Carleton University)

Sessions for individual papers, as well as panels and round tables, are expected to develop the following themes, although other proposals in other relevant areas will also be welcome:

Aesthetics and the philosophy of music

The relationship between Hanslick’s aesthetic theory and critical output;

The appropriation of the writings of German philosophers in Hanslick’s aesthetic theory;

Hanslick and the ‘Neudeutsche Schule’;

The influence of Hanslick’s writings on composition in the twentieth century;

Musical expressiveness;

Issues of formalism.


The relationship between Hanslick’s writings and those of contemporary aestheticians and critics;

Historicism and musical consumption;

The treatment of genres and the reappraisal of forgotten works;

Concert programming;

Hanslick’s journalistic style;

The treatment of contemporary performing artists.

Cultural contexts

German national identity;

Hanslick’s Jewish heritage and religious contexts;

The treatment of musical hermeneutics;

The treatment of nationalism in music;

Hanslick’s literary interests;

Gender issues

Proposals  for individual papers should be no more than 300 words.  Abstracts for sessions/panels/roundtables should be no more than 800 words. Please indicate the number and title of each individual paper with its abstract. All proposals must be sent to cfp@hanslickconference.com by 9 January 2009.

For further information please see the conference website www.hanslickconference.com or contact the conference organiser, Dr Nicole Grimes, at info@hanslickconference.com.

Submission deadline: 9 January 2009

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