Music and its Referential Systems


The Third International Conference

of the Department of Musicology

and Slovenian Musicological Society

Music and its Referential Systems

6-7 May 2010

The entrance of music into the system of beaux arts meant amongst other things also a break with the paradigm of comprehending music in the context of some extra-musical systems, valid for centuries. This enabled emancipation of music from all extra-musical functions, celebrated and emphasised until lately.

The concept of musical work as the central identification point of the creative and research interest vanished together with the broadening of the borders of the artistic practices. This has brought also the doubt of exclusive value of aesthetic normativeness an artistic autonomy. How can we from our todays point of view value the mentioned historical change? Did the exchange of one reference system really mean the autonomisation of music? Did not in fact the artistic religion, into which also the music can be found, only a paradigm more? This questioning is especially important in the relation to todays music practices, denoted by a great number of analytical procedures and hermeneutical views. Which are today the reference systems, by which music is determined, through which music gets its own sense and meaning? And which relation can be found between them?

The stated questions open a series of different thematic fields:

-          Music in the concept of beaux arts (the religion of art, ideology of/in music, musical autonomy)

-          Traditional functional definitions of music (music in the liturgy, folk spirit, national awareness)

-          Music between the autonomy and function today (music in film, in TV, in public spaces)

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a short CV, should be sent to the following e-mail address: The deadline for the submission of proposals is 1 December, 2009.

You will be notified by 20 December, 2009 if your topic has been accepted.

The official language of the conference is English and Slovene.

The time limit for the presentation of the paper is set at 20 minutes.

Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in the proceedings.

Program Committee:

Dalibor Davidović (Music University of Zagreb), Thomas Hochradner (Mozarteum University, Salzburg), Helmut Loos (University of Leipzig), Ale Nagode (University of Ljubljana), Svanibor Pettan (University of Ljubljana), Nico Schüler (Texas State University), Lubomir Spurny (Masaryk University, Brno), Leon Stefanija (University of Ljubljana),

Coordinators: Matja Barbo (University of Ljubljana), Jernej Weiss (University of Ljubljana)