Radical Music History Symposium

Radical Music History Symposium

Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, December 8–9, 2011

Call for Papers

Knowledge concerning past music and musical life should be supported by
critical scholarly work. Unfortunately, the type of knowledge
transmission taking place in music universities, musicology departments,
conservatories, music classes in colleges and schools, or private
studios today is often canonized and taken for granted.  Radical
research, however, leads us to the roots of the formation of the canon
(radical, from Latin radicalis, “of or having roots”).

The Radical music history symposium, organised by the Sibelius Academy,
aims to open up new, critical, and even revolutionary political
perspectives in the research field of music history, including all
musical genres, Western and non-Western musical traditions and various
forms of music education. In this symposium, we not only abandon the
notion of music history being ‘objective’ but would also like to enhance
research perspectives through active social engagement, as well as
critical, political and ethical stances combined with rigorous

We invite papers dealing with music history from different perspectives,

–  The revival and revitalization of forgotten music
–  Music taken off its pedestal
–  Music and censorship
–  The disappeared and the silenced in the musical canon
–  Music of the establishment and the oppressed
–  Music as an instrument of power
–  Popular, unpopular or forbidden sounds
–  Music education as indoctrination
–  Music of the (neo)colonizers and the (neo)colonized

In addition to individual papers (20 min), we would like to encourage
participants to consider collaborative projects and shared symposia or
panel sessions (1 hour).

The keynote speakers at the symposium will be Derek Scott, (University
of Leeds, UK), Jann Pasler (University of California, San Diego, USA)
and Lauri Väkevä (Sibelius Academy).

The Radical music history symposium will be held on December 8-9, 2011
at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. The symposium will celebrate
the inauguration of the new Helsinki Music Centre.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed by independent reviewers. They
should not exceed 300 words and should include full contact information
for the author(s). The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2011 and the
authors will be contacted by April 15, 2011. Abstracts should be sent
electronically to
alexis.robertson@siba.fi<mailto:alexis.robertson@siba.fi>. The
organizers plan to initiate a book project on the basis of selected
conference papers.

Organizing committee: Vesa Kurkela, Anne Sivuoja-Gunaratnam, Lauri
Väkevä, Heidi Westerlund