Tyranny and Music

CFP: Tyranny and Music

Date: November 21-22, 2015

Location: Middle Tennessee State University

Narrative: 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat by the allied forces at Waterloo, the 150th year since John Wilkes Booth shouted “sic semper tyrannis” after assassinating President Lincoln and the 800th year since the creation of the Magna Carta, perhaps the first English language resistance to tyranny. In recognition of this important date, the music department at Middle Tennessee State University invites proposals of up to 300 words for scholarly presentations broadly aligned to the theme of Music and Tyranny.

We welcome a diversity of perspectives, not only on the Napoleonic era, but from across human history, from the music that Nero might have played on his lyre to the portrayal of Kim Jong Un in a music video, studies of music composed for, against, or in some way reactive to tyranny. Thus, we seek perspectives across the spectrum of musicological investigation including (but not limited to) those based on a historical, social, ethnographical, theoretical, or performance approach. Presentations may take the form of traditional paper presentations, panel sessions, roundtable discussions, posters, or lecture recitals. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend the conference, if the proposal is accepted. Authors of the strongest papers will be invited to revise their work into critical essays for a projected book-length collection.

All proposals should meet the following criteria:

To be considered, please submit a 250-word abstract, a 250-word biography, and supporting documentation (if desired) to Dr. Joseph E. Morgan at Joseph.Morgan at mtsu dot edu by June 15, 2015.  Presenters will be notified by July 15, 2015 of the status of their applications.