Modernist Musics and Political Aesthetics

8th-10th April 2015, University of Nottingham, UK

Modernist Musics and Political Aesthetics is a three-day conference aiming to explore interfaces between:

cultural modernism (literary and visual, architectural, musical, and/or philosophical); music, musicality, and musicology in relation to modernism and literature; and the political implications of art and theories of the aesthetic in the twentieth century.

The conference remit is intentionally capacious. ‘Modernism’ is open for all speakers and attendees to interpret as any instance of the experimental strategies that emerged throughout cultural life at the turn of the twentieth century, though papers focusing on new interdisciplinary contexts for literary questions are sought in the first instance. Likewise, the plural use of ‘musics’ is meant to reflect a variety of musical modernisms, but also the fact that ‘music’ as an idea meant many things to different modernist artists and critics. Above all, the conference organisers seek interdisciplinary papers that will develop scholarly understandings of the convergences between modernism, music, and politics.

The Call for Papers (CFP) deadline is 1st November 2014.

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