Music and Materialisms: A Free One-day Conference

Saturday 23rd February 2019,

Visconti Studio, Kingston University

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Eric Clarke (University of Oxford)



We are delighted to announced a call for proposals for one day conference discussing issues surrounding music and materialisms. The conference will be held at the Visconti Studio at Kingston University on Saturday 23rd February. A full version of the call, including detailed submission instructions can be read online here.


This transhistorical conference seeks to draw together scholars interested in using such frameworks to challenge existent ontologies of sound and sound-making. The conference organisers are particularly interested in contributions relating to music and materialism as relating to the following themes:

Power: Material inscriptions of power; The foregrounding or loss of questions about power/inequalities in different materialist approaches; Politics of making; feminist and queer materialisms; Forms of organisation;

Bodies: The body in performance and reception; The place of the senses (beyond hearing); Affect; Materiality of performative acts; Explorations of bodies/genders in performance; Embodiment and materiality limits; Interfaces; Touch and materiality;

Notation: Role of the score as a “script” for performance; Material indeterminacy; Participatory music-making and politics of performance; The score as a material object; New notational approaches;

Histories: The history of material objects; Historical dimensions of materialist theories themselves – why materialisms, and why now? Is it possible to conceive of history without a place for materiality?;

Culture: Organology; Museology; Curatorial practices; Analysis of physical objects and social meanings; Imagery; Mediation of material objects in practices of production; Dissemination; Consumption; Simulation; computational technology and non-parametric notions of making;

Ontology: Beyond representationism; Non-repeatability; Actuality of musical sound vs. nothingness; Post-sapien/post-humanism; Notions of flux; Indeterminacy,

The conference organisers welcome proposals for contributions in a variety of formats. Papers (20 minutes), artistic reports, performances, lecture-recitals, and interactive demonstrations (along with other formats of the proposer’s devising) are all welcome.


Successful applicants will be notified by 11 January 2019

If you wish to attend, please reserve your free ticket asap via EventBrite here. Please direct all other enquiries to


Prof. Isabella van Elferen, Kingston University

Dr Matthew Sergeant, Bath Spa University

Dr Samuel Wilson, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Conference Organisers