Agents and Actors: Networks in Music History

Sixth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History

Wednesday 3 June—Friday 5 June, 2020
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2019

The Fifth Symposium (in June 2018) took institutionalisation as its theme in order to contribute to and clarify the ways in which they exert power, the relationships between then, and the hierarchies they establish. In the final plenary session, delegates debated a range of topics that might be given further consideration in the next symposium. The discussion largely focussed on two areas of interest – heritage and networks – and both were considered important current areas of work with which the next symposium could engage. It has been decided that the sixth symposium should concentrate on networks and music, while the seventh would focus on questions of heritage.

The Sixth Symposium on Music History will therefore focus on issues relating to agents, actors and networks and the ways in which they relate to music in order to discuss changes in focus towards more collective and complex objects of study.

Proposals for papers and group sessions are invited on any of the following topics:

  • The construction and formation of networks in music history
  • The history of networks in music from antiquity to the present
  • The power exerted by networks in music history
  • The institutionalization of networks in music
  • The theoretical underpinnings of working with networks (actor-network theory; art worlds, cultural fields, assemblages, mediation theory)
  • Close reading of musical scores against understandings of networks
  • The place of networks in diachronic and synchronic histories of music
  • The inner workings and dynamics of networks of music

The keynote speakers of the symposium are

Annegret Fauser (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, US)
Antoine Hennion (Mines ParisTech, FR)
Benjamin Piekut (Cornell University, US)

Proposal submission:
please use the link https://www.lyyti.in/networks2020-proposal and submit your proposal for an individual presentation or a panel by September 30, 2019.
The organizing committee will be in touch no later than November 4, 2019 with the information about acceptances.

Proposal length:

  • individual presentation proposals: max 2200 characters, incl. spaces;
  • panel session proposals: max 2500 characters, incl. spaces + each panelist’s proposal 2000 characters, incl. spaces.

Contact for inquiries (no proposal submissions): networks2020(at)uniarts.fi Symposium web page: https://sites.uniarts.fi/web/networks2020

Inside, Outside, and in Between: Institutionalization in Music History. Fifth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History

June 6–8, 2018

Music Centre Helsinki, Finland

http://sites.uniarts.fi/fi/web/inst2018/home

The Fifth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History focuses on the importance of musical institutions and institutionalization.

The Fourth Symposium took cosmopolitanism as its theme in order to contribute to and clarify the cosmopolitan turn in the arts and humanities, to explore its meaning in terms of musical practice and theory, and develop new perspectives on music history. In the final plenary session, delegates debated a range of topics that might be given further consideration in the next symposium, speaking of pedagogy, cosmopolitanism as teaching tool, and destabilizing conservative frameworks in music history teaching. The discussion ranged widely over topics such as networks, connections, mobilities and immobilities, geographical transactions, border crossings, mythologies, utopias and heterotopias, tourism and travel, and humanism and post-humanism. The most productive discussion, however, was around institutionalization.

The Fifth Symposium on Music History has therefore chosen to focus on issues relating to the cultural control and cultural norms that have been—and still are—established by musical institutions.

Inside, Outside, and in Between: Institutionalization in Music History. The Fifth Sibelius Academy Symposium in Music History

Theme: The role of institutions and the institutional process in music history.

Proposals for papers and group sessions are invited on any of the following topics:

  • The power exerted by cultural institutions
  • The institutionalization of music practices
  • Close reading of musical scores and institutional practices
  • The consecration given to musicians by public or state institutions
  • Hierarchical institutions vs. non-hierarchical networks
  • Histories of musical institutions
  • Institutions and technocracy
  • The role of educational institutions
  • What counts as a musical institution? When did they first arise?

Keynote speakers:

Stan Hawkins (University of Oslo, Norway): Institutionalizing Cosmopolitanism and White Masculinity: Dandyism in Popular Music

Avra Xepapadakou (independent researcher, Greece): Towards the Institutionalization of Musical Life in Nineteenth-Century Greece and Southeastern Europe

Jim Samson (Royal Holloway University of London): Institutionalizing Music Theory: Two Historical Moments

The language of the symposium is English.

Proposal submission:

please use the link: https://www.lyyti.in/inst2018-proposal and submit your proposal for an individual presentation or a panel by September 30, 2017.

Proposal length:

individual presentation proposals: max 2200 characters, incl. spaces;

panel session proposals: max 2500 characters, incl. spaces + each panelist’s proposal 2000 characters, incl. spaces.

The organizing committee will be in touch no later than November 3, 2017 with the information about acceptances.

Contact for inquiries (no proposal submissions): inst2018@uniarts.fi

The organizing committee:
Vesa Kurkela (chair) / Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
Anastasia Belina-Johnson / London Royal College of Music, GB
Anne Kauppala / Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
Markus Mantere / Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki & The Finnish Musicological Society
Derek Scott / University of Leeds, GB
Kaarina Kilpiö (conference secretary) / Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki