Revisiting Austrian and German Music: from the ‘Spring of Nations’ to the Cold War, and launch of the IAGMR (Institute of Austrian and German Music Research)

Revisiting Austrian and German Music: from the ‘Spring of Nations’ to the Cold War, and launch of the IAGMR (Institute of Austrian and German Music Research)

Department of Music & Media, University of Surrey

18th and 19th of September, 2020

Keynote speakers: Mark Berry (Royal Holloway, University of London), Nick Attfield (University of Birmingham), and Caroline Kita (Washington University in St Louis)

Recital by pianist Anna Scott

Submissions are warmly invited for the above conference which marks the official launch of the IAGMR at the University of Surrey.

This conference gives an opportunity to rethink, revise, and renew understanding of Austrian and German music of the 19th and 20th centuries through interrogating historical and scholarly paths towards canonization or obscurity, popularity or neglect, and putative cultural centres and peripheries, as well as through questioning the very formulation ‘Austro-German’.

We are interested in considering music primarily, though not exclusively, from c. 1848 to the 1960s—the ‘Spring of Nations’ to the Cold War—as it emerged during periods of intense cultural and social change in the lives of these nations and their wider European, and indeed global, interconnections which have continued to shape geo-political conditions to this day. We extend this musical and cultural focus on Germanophone lands to include historically obsolete, border and occupied regions, some of which may have had politically troubled and controversial relationships with Austria or Germany.

We encourage submissions that serve to render the ‘unmarked’ ‘marked’, the familiar unfamiliar, that explore new methodologies for reconceiving canonic works, and that open up new avenues of research in neglected areas and overlooked repertoire. We welcome submissions on any genre of music and contributions of an interdisciplinary nature.

Submissions may be in the form of individual papers (20 mins plus 10 mins discussion), paper panels/roundtables (maximum 90 mins), short illustrated performances (lecture-recital: maximum 30 mins). We are also open to considering proposals for contributions in other, less traditional, formats (lightning presentation, Pecha Kucha, multi-media, poster). Such proposals should give a clear rationale for the mode of presentation and indicate any special requirements.    

Deadline for submissions: 17.00 (GMT), Friday 14 February 2020.

Submissions are to be sent to: iagmr.surrey@gmail.com

The conference committee will communicate their decisions by Friday 6 March, 2020.

The following list offers a guide to the potential historical, analytical and/or cultural contexts in which music might usefully be addressed at the conference, but the convenors are open to any suggestions that fulfil the conference remit:

  • Aesthetics (expression, representation, meaning)
  • Critical theory
  • Ethics (and ideas of truth)
  • Historiography (of Romanticism, Modernism, Expressionism)
  • Pedagogy
  • Performance and recordings
  • Reception history and notions of popularity (criticism and journalism)
  • The archive (and empiricism)
  • Philosophy (idealism, positivism, materialism)
  • Politics and society (empire, nation, ethnos; propaganda, liberal humanism; diaspora, displacement; populism, nationalism; identity, gender, ethnicity)
  • Industrialization and nature
  • Notions of Heimat
  • Psychology
  • Other arts: literature, theatre, visual media (art and film)

Conference committee:

Professor Jeremy Barham
Professor Erik Levi
Dr Beth Snyder
Genevieve Arkle

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