Work & Play: Economies of Music
The Harvard Graduate Music Forum Conference • 20–21 February 2015
Keynote: Robin James (UNC Charlotte)
Round Table: Verena Andermatt Conley, Robin James, Sindhumathi Revuluri, Kay Kaufman Shelemay
– Call for Proposals –
This interdisciplinary conference takes as its premise that music is inseparable from the economic conditions of its production and consumption. Through presentations, lecture-recitals and composers’ colloquia, we seek to explore the intersections of music and economics from a diverse array of perspectives including labor, practice, material culture, and capital.
Questions include but are not limited to:
- How do musicians and their employers understand musical labor, and how does this impinge on issues of amateurism, professionalism, and institutionalization?
- How have shifting economic systems — for instance, from patronage to mass consumption, or from liberalism to neoliberalism — altered the place of music in society?
- How have issues such as postcolonialism, the North-South economic divide, and globalization, intersected with various musical practices to forge divergent models of economies of music?
- Where does music succeed and where does it fail in transforming economic relations?
- What are the economic consequences of the material means of musics’ dissemination, such as manuscripts, published scores, phonograph recordings, streaming and live performance?
- How do questions of cultural and economic capital combine in appraisals and contestations of musical value?
- How has music symbolically represented economics and status? What is music’s role in this endeavour today?
– Submissions –
We welcome submissions from current graduate students on these and related topics. We seek proposals on all repertoires, musical practices and historical periods, and representing a broad set of methodologies. Formats for presentation include:
- 20-minute papers, audiovisual presentations, or exploratory text works, with 10 minutes for discussion
Please submit abstracts of a maximum of 350 words and, where appropriate, up to 4 additional pages for figures. Please add a short statement regarding AV requirements.
- 30-minute composer colloquia, performances, or lecture-recitals, with 15 minutes for discussion
Please submit details of the work to be presented in a maximum of 350 words and, where appropriate, links to relevant sound recordings and/or scores or supplementary documentation.
Deadline for proposals: 5 December 2014
Please e-mail submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please visit: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/gmf2015