The Return Of The Monument: Current Retrospective Tendencies In Musicology


The Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music (University of

Music and Performing Arts Vienna) will hold an international conference

from 1st - 4th December 2010 on the topic of


Current retrospective tendencies in musicology

In recent years a remarkable thematic and methodological spectrum has

developed in musicology, in particular due to the influence of cultural

studies and gender studies. However, for some time now definite

tendencies have been noticeable that point towards a renaissance of

traditional approaches and their commensurate values, for example in the

newly booming field of biographical research. National orientations and

categories also appear to be gaining in importance again. Furthermore,

there seems to be a tendency to orient the discipline more strongly back

towards the core area of „western art music“.

Against the background of an increasingly diverse academic and research

landscape, the conference aims to make a contribution along these lines

(methodology, institutional history, or interdisciplinary approaches) to

a critical assessment of the discipline musicology.

Looking back at the numerous activities within the discipline on the

subject of Joseph Haydn 2009, and looking forward to the no less

prevalent double Mahler years 2010 and 2011, these topics suggest

themselves as the basis for case studies.

Please submit proposals together with a short abstract (max 300 words)

by 12th April 2010.

Contact and further information:

Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Anton von Webern-Platz 1, A-1030 Vienna

Planning and organization:

Cornelia Szabó-Knotik, Markus Grassl, Christian Glanz