ODC2017 Traditions-Transitions

Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2017

Traditions-Transitions

22-23 February 2017

Orpheus Institute, Ghent

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2017, Traditions-Transitions, will explore how different modes of relationships between past and present affect musical performance practice and composition. Further, practitioners and researchers from the fields of music and social sciences will draw on Eric Hobsbawm’s notion of “invented traditions”, examining how traditions are forged, broken or interrupted and how they might be used as sources of renewal.

The conference will feature lectures by Richard Taruskin, Joanna Dudley (tbc), Sigiswald Kuijken and Esteban Buch as well as a musical gallery in which performances and installations addressing the conference topics will be interspersed with moderated discussions between artists and our guest speakers.

We invite researchers, practitioners and artist researchers within related fields to submit proposals that address the broad range of issues involved in the conference topics. Submissions should include, but are not limited to, themes that place strong emphasis on the interplay between social practices and musical performance. We welcome contributions in the form of theoretical papers, performances or a combination of the two.

For more information please visit http://www.orpheusinstituut.be/en/news/2016/10/call-for-proposals-odc-2017.

With the friendly support of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts of the University of Leiden.

 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

Submissions should be sent by email to odc2017@docartes.be and must include:

  • Name, organization (if any), email and phone contact
  • Abstract (max 250 words) + 3 keywords
  • Technical rider for proposals requiring equipment other than A/V
  • List of references (optional)
  • Short bio (max 150 words) and list of main publications/performances/works as well as links to supporting image, audio and video files.

Presentations are limited to 20 minutes. The language of the conference is English.

Call for proposals deadline: 15 November 2016

Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2016

Music in the Ibero-Afro-American Universe: Interdisciplinary Challenges

 

7th UFRJ INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MUSICOLOGY

& II MEETING OF THE BRAZILIAN ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC THEORY AND ANALYSIS

“Music in the Ibero-Afro-American Universe: Interdisciplinary Challenges”

 

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Rio de Janeiro, October 24–27, 2016

 

The VII SIM_UFRJ “Music in the Ibero-Afro-American Universe” proposes to approach this theme in broad scope of diverse cultural traditions, contexts and historical times, and of special interest to the II TeMA_Meeting is to promote de debate on the “Interdisciplinary challenges between Musicologies and Analytical Theories: Dialogues, Frontiers, and Intersections.” Discussion issues: issues and trends in the Ibero-Afro-American musicologies; musicologies and analytical theories: dialogues, frontiers, and intersections; critical and analytical theories and methods in the disciplinary knowledge; the field of music and the challenges of intra-, inter-, multi-, and trans-disciplinarity; analytical theories and interculturalities; identity and otherness, representation and cultural translation; interdisciplinary studies: music, film, visual arts, theatre, literature, philosophy, history, sociology, and cultural anthropology, cultural dialogues, circulation, transfer, reception, and appropriation of ideas, repertories, aesthetics, styles, techniques, musical practices and ideologies; heritage and collections; musics of written, oral, performing traditions; culture, society and politics; institutional, scientific, artistic, and cultural policies.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract submission deadline: September 5, 2016

Notification to successful applicants: September 20, 2016

Submission of the full version of the paper for publication in the Proceedings: November 30, 2016

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Proposals (abstract 300-500 words, and short bio) may be written in Portuguese, Spanish or English, and submitted as attached file (*.doc or *.rtf), indicating the preferred attendance to each conference: SIM-UFRJ to the e-mail sim@musica.ufrj.br or TeMA_Meeting to the e-mail diretoria@tema.mus.br. In case the proposal fits the full scope of the joint conference, it must be sent simultaneously to both e-mails.

 

Program Committee Chairs

Maria Alice Volpe volpe@musica.ufrj.br

Ilza Nogueira nogueira.ilza@gmail.com

 

More info: http://www.musica.ufrj.br/ and http://tema.mus.br/.

Also https://www.facebook.com/events/675180942635190/

Brian Boydell Centenary Conference

Call For Papers: Brian Boydell Centenary Conference
Friday 23 – Saturday 24 June 2017
The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
CFP Deadline: Friday 3 February 2017

Contact: boydell100@gmail.com

Born in Dublin in 1917, Brian Boydell was one of Ireland’s major 20th century composers. As a musicologist, he published seminal research on music in 18th century Dublin. As a broadcaster, performer, adjudicator, public lecturer, an often outspoken agitator for music, singing teacher, Professor of Music at Trinity College Dublin, one of the founders of the Music Association of Ireland and long-time member of the Arts Council, his influence on music and music education in Ireland was significant. An honorary DMus of the National University of Ireland (1974) and Fellow of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (1990), he was elected to Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, in 1984.

To mark his centenary, a conference will be held on Friday 23/Saturday 24 June 2017 in The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, with a recital of his music in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, to re-evaluate his contributions to Irish musical, artistic and academic life, and their place within the wider contexts of musical, cultural and artistic developments in Ireland in the 20th century. Confirmed speakers are Professor Barra Boydell, who will give a special address, and Peter Murray, Director of the Crawford Art Gallery Cork, who will present a guest lecture on Brian Boydell’s paintings.

Proposals are invited for the following:

  • Individual papers
  • Joint papers (maximum 2 speakers)
  • Lecture recitals
  • Themed sessions
  • Panel discussions (up to a maximum of 6 speakers)

Proposal details:

All proposals should be submitted as one file in Microsoft Word or PDF format:

Individual papers of 20 minutes in duration followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals should include:

  • title of paper
  • abstract of no more than 250 words
  • name, contact details and affiliation
  • a brief biography (max. 100 words)
  • any technical requirements

Joint papers of 20 minutes in duration followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals should include:

  • overall title of presentation and abstract (max. 150 words)
  • titles of individual papers
  • individual abstracts of no more than 250 words
  • names, contact details and affiliations
  • a brief biography for each presenter (max. 100 words)
  • any technical requirements

Lecture recitals of 30 minutes (including performance) followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals should include:

  • overall title of lecture recital and abstract/proposal of no more than 250 words
  • name(s), contact detail(s) and affiliation(s)
  • a brief biography for each presenter (max. 100 words)
  • any technical requirements

Themed sessions of 90 minutes (3 papers) or 120 minutes (4 papers) including questions and discussion, and Panel discussions of 90 minutes (up to a max. of 6 speakers, each presenting a position paper followed by questions and discussion). Proposals should include:

  • overall title of presentation and abstract/proposal (max. 250 words)
  • titles of individual papers and abstracts of no more than 250 words
  • name, contact details and affiliation of convenor
  • names, contact details and affiliations of proposed presenters
  • a brief biography for the session/panel convenor and each proposed presenter (max. 100 words each)
  • any technical requirements

Deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 3 February 2017.

All proposals should be submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to Dr Barbara Jillian Dignam by email at boydell100@gmail.com It is envisaged that notification of the conference committee’s decision will be communicated by March 2017. A conference website will be launched shortly.

Proposals might consider (but are not limited to) Brian Boydell’s contributions under any of the following areas:

  • the re-examination and assessment of his compositions – individually and collectively – and their place within Irish music of the 20th century and the wider context
  • his musicology and other writings
  • his work as a performer: conductor of the Dublin Orchestral Players for over twenty years, founder and director of the Dowland Consort, singer, oboist, and occasional conductor of the Radio Éireann/RTÉ Symphony Orchestra
  • his teaching, professorship at TCD, public lectures, adjudicating at music festivals and numerous radio and television broadcasts
  • as agitator for music, through the Music Association of Ireland, the Arts Council, Forás Éireann and other bodies to which he contributed
  • his place within the wider context of Irish artistic and cultural life in the 20th century

Brian Boydell’s papers, including his original scores, musical notebooks, radio broadcast scripts, and his extensive correspondence with musicians, musical and cultural bodies, and others covering many decades in Irish musical life, are held in the library of Trinity College Dublin and remain a largely untapped resource. The Contemporary Music Centre also holds copies of his scores. His work as an artist in the early 1940s before he devoted himself fully to music were highlighted in the recent exhibition ‘The Language of Dreams’ at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. See also Gareth Cox, Axel Klein and Michael Taylor (eds.) The life and music of Brian Boydell (2004), and the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR).

Conference committee:

Prof. Barra Boydell, Dr Barbara Jillian Dignam (Chair, Maynooth University), Dr Kerry Houston (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama), Roy Stanley (Trinity College Dublin), Marie Moran (Royal Irish Academy of Music), Dr Gareth Cox (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)

For further information on the conference, submission process or any other queries, please contact the conference committee chair, Dr Barbara Jillian Dignam, at boydell100@gmail.com

Also follow our conference posts on Twitter https://twitter.com/Boydell100 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/boydell100/

György Ligeti Symposium Helsinki 2017

György Ligeti Symposium Helsinki 2017

February 10–11th, 2017

Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland

INVITATION

The DocMus Doctoral School at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, invites performers, composers, researchers and students to take part in the conference György Ligeti Symposium Helsinki 2017, organized in collaboration with the contemporary music festival Musica nova Helsinki 2017.

Themes and topics

The symposium concentrates on the following themes, but proposals on other aspects of Ligeti´s music are also welcome. Alongside scholarly presentations, the organizing committee encourages performers to submit proposals on lecture recitals.

• Issues of performance

• Music-analytical and stylistic approaches

• Ligeti´s influence on music of our time

In addition to scholarly presentations and lecture recitals, the symposium will also feature concerts as part of its varied program , including performances of Ligeti´s Piano Etudes and music influenced by Ligeti.

Invited keynote speakers include:

Prof. Jonathan W. Bernard
Composer Lukas Ligeti
Prof. Fredrik Ullén

The proposals

Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion), lecture recitals (max. 40 minutes), posters and panels (60 minutes) should be sent as abstracts (max 500 words) to ligeti2017@uniarts.fi with full contact information for each author. Along with scholarly proposals, abstracts representing practice-based research (‘artistic research’) are welcome.
The DL for proposals is September 15th 2016. The accepted proposals will be announced on October 1st 2016.

The conference language, as well as the language for the abstracts, is English. The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 30th 2016. Authors will be contacted by November 30th 2016 with the acceptance decisions.
Conference abstracts for Ligeti Symposium Helsinki 2017 will be published in advance on the conference website and in print. This will serve as a symposium programme, while also providing background information about the participants and their research topics. The applicants are therefore encouraged to include written comments discussing how their artistic and other research work support each other and towards which common goal they are directed.
The proposal must be accompanied by
– Cover sheet listing the name, affiliation, area of specialty, and email for each proposer, along with the proposal title and format.
– Abstract of max.500 words describing the content of the paper, lecture recital, poster, workshop, panel or other sessions of unusual format.
– Detailed program of the lecture recital: composers, work titles, composition years, opus numbers)
– Recording of the proposer’s performance of at least one work to be presented as part of a lecture recital
– Curriculum vitae and contact information
– Equipment needed for performances and presentations (all instruments, data projectors, etc.)
Symposium fee: 80 euros
Organizing Committee:

Professor Lauri Suurpää (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)
Professor Veli-Matti Puumala (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)
University lecturer, DMus Annikka Konttori-Gustafsson
Adjunct professor Alfonso Padilla (Helsinki University)
Coordinator of Doctoral Studies, DMus Markus Kuikka, (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)
Elisa Järvi, DMus (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)
Mikko Missi M.A., producer

Contact:

DMus Markus Kuikka
markus.kuikka@uniarts.fi
Ligeti2017@uniarts.fi
http://www.uniarts.fi/ligeti2017

Piano Accompaniment in Practice

 

Call for Papers & Pianists
Piano Accompaniment in Practice
A Symposium with Masterclass by Malcolm Martineau OBE
 
 
Middleton Hall & Recital Room
University of Hull, UK
 
 
Friday 11th & Saturday 12th November 2016
 
 
Recent years have seen significant developments in studies on chamber ensemble rehearsal and performance; however, the function of the pianist in the duo chamber ensemble and, more specifically, in their capacity as a piano accompanist, is still a relatively unexplored area of research. The purpose of this two-day symposium is to bring together researchers and practitioners to explore piano accompaniment practices. The event will feature renowned soprano Sarah Fox and international piano accompanist Malcolm Martineau OBE who will present both a Friday lunchtime concert as well as a concert on Friday evening presented in conjunction with Hull Chamber Music. In addition, Mr Martineau will conduct a masterclass for pianists and their duo partners following the Friday lunchtime concert. The Saturday symposium will include spoken presentations (20 minutes), poster presentations and lecture-recitals (30 minutes) relating but not restricted to the following aspects of piano accompaniment:
 
·         instrumental and/or vocal accompaniment
·         the pianist in the duo chamber ensemble context
·         the pianist as a collaborative artist
·         pedagogical and empirical studies
·         techniques, skills and attributes
·         perceptions and expectations
 
The Friday masterclass will focus on piano accompaniment skills and techniques through work with selected duo ensembles (instrumental/vocal with piano). The selection process will include consideration of programming with the aim to incorporate as many different duo combinations as possible in the class. The masterclass will be in 30-minute slots, therefore a short excerpt (up to 5 minutes) from any duo work is the recommended duration for participants. Applications should be submitted by duo ensembles (instrumentalist/vocalist and pianist) and should include a short statement (250 words) detailing ensemble experience and proposed repertoire for the masterclass with supporting video file of a recent duo performance (up to 10 minutes duration).
 
Submission deadline for symposium abstracts (250 words) for spoken/poster presentations and lecture-recitals as well as masterclass participation applications: Friday 1 July 2016. Contributions are welcome from researchers and practitioners at all levels, and are especially encouraged from postgraduate students and practitioners or researchers early on in their careers.
 
For further information or to apply to participate, please contact the Symposium Organiser:
Evgenia Roussou, School of Drama, Music & Screen, University of Hull, HU6 7RX, UK

Opera and the Greek World during Nineteenth Century

International Conference.  Corfu, Greece, 17-19 November 2017

2017 marks for opera in Greece four anniversaries: the centenary since the passing of Spiros Samaras (1861-1917), the bicentenary since the birth of two important Greek opera composers, Spiridon Xyndas (1817-1896) and Domenikos Padovas (1817-1892), as well as the 150 years since the premiere of the opera O ypopsifios [The Parliamentary Candidate] (1867, music by Xyndas and libretto by Ioannis Rinopoulos), which was both the first full-scale opera in Greek and the pivotal point for the emergence of opera in Greek language.

The Hellenic Music Research Lab of the Music Department of the Ionian University and Corfu Philharmonic Society on the occasion of the aforementioned anniversaries organize the international conference entitled Opera and the Greek World during Nineteenth Century, which is going to take place in Corfu, Greece, on 17, 18 and 19 November 2017.

Corfu, the seat of the Ionian University, was the birthplace of the three aforementioned composers. The San Giacomo theatre of Corfu, the earliest theatrical stage of the region, hosted opera performances already since 1733, contributing decisively to the dissemination of opera within the Greek world during 19th century. Moreover, Xyndas, Padovas and Samaras presented in the same theatre their operas. Xyndas in 1840 was also one of the initial founders and professors of the Corfu Philharmonic Society and he dedicated to it certain of his operas. Padovas also taught harmony and music theory in the Philharmonic, in 1857 he dedicated to it his opera Dirce and since 1884 he was appointed the Society’s artistic director. Samaras, a student of Xyndas during his early music training, had multiple connections with the Philharmonic Society and had been its honorary artistic director since 1889.

Given the above, the conference will not be confined solely to the lives and the works of the aforementioned composers, but it will focus on matters regarding the place, the reception, the importance and the formative factors of the operatic activity within the Greek world during the “long nineteenth century”. With these in mind, some indicative themes of the conference are proposed to be;

  • Spiros Samaras: life and work
  • Spiridon Xindas: life and work
  • Domenikos Padovas: life and work
  • The activities of the Italian opera troupes in the Greek areas (singers, musicians, impresarios, repertory etc)
  • The activities of the French opera troupes in the Greek areas
  • The activities of the Greek opera troupes
  • Opera in the Greek communities of Diaspora (Trieste, Odessa, Alexandria, Smyrna, Constantinople etc)
  • Opera in the Greek urban centres
  • Institutions of operatic activity
  • The reception of opera in the Greek world
  • Subjects related to Greece in the 19th-century opera

The official languages of the opera are GreekItalian and English.

Scholars and researchers interested to participate in the conference are asked to submit their abstracts (250 words) and short biographical notes (100 words) for papers of no more than 20 minutes. Themed sessions of 60 minutes can also be proposed (Abstract of 450 words and Bios of 100 words).

There are no fees for the participation or the attendance of the conference.

The final date for the proposals’ submission is 31 December 2016.

The abstracts and the biographical notes should be sent until the above date in the following email: operaconfcorfu2017@gmail.com
The Official website of the conference is: http://users.ionio.gr/~GreekMus/operaconf2017/eng.htm
The conference’s programme will be finalized by 1 March 2017.

Programme Committee
Prof. Haris Xanthoudakis
Prof. Anastasia Siopsi
A. Prof. Panos Vlagopoulos
A. Professor Avra Xapapadakou

Organizing Committee
Spiridon Padovas
Kostas Kardamis
Kostas Sambanis
Stella Kourbana
Alexandros Charkiolakis
Gerasimos Martinis

VIRTUAL WORKS – ACTUAL THINGS

International Orpheus Academy for Music and Theory 2016
4-6 April 2016, Orpheus Institute Ghent, BE
The Orpheus Academy for Music and Theory 2016 will focus on the relation between the virtual multiplicities that enable an imaginary perception of musical works and the actual, concrete materials and practices that make such imaginary constructions possible. With the contribution of a most distinguished faculty, the event will give room for discussion on recent developments that are challenging the debate around the work-concept (Lydia Goehr), the question of the autonomy of music (Gunnar Hindrichs), the canonical tendency of past musical pieces (Andreas Dorschel), new ontologies (David Davies), the potentialities emerging from editorial and performative practices (John Rink), and a new image of work inspired by the notion of multiplicity and pointing towards a domain specific assemblage theory (Paulo de Assis, convenor).image Academy2016.jpg
In our globalized and hyper-mediatized culture, musical works are currently determined by Western consumers and profit-oriented professional performers rather than by transhistorical creative and productive processes. A renewed gaze upon the innumerable things that actually enable the here-and-now appearance of musical works (drafts, sketches, manuscripts, editions, recordings, comments, instruments, analysis, etc.) opens up wider horizons for reflection and, crucially, for future practices.

Faculty

With the contribution of a most distinguished faculty, the Orpheus Academy for Music and Theory 2016 will discuss recent developments that are challenging the debate around the work-concept (Goehr), the question of the autonomy of music (Hindrichs), the canonical tendency of past musical pieces (Dorschel), new ontologies (Davies), the potentialities emerging from editorial and performative practices (Rink), and a new image of work inspired by the notion of multiplicity and pointing towards
a domain specific assemblage theory (Assis).

  • Lydia Goehr, Columbia University, New York, US
  • David Davies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Andreas Dorschel, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG), Graz, Austria
  • Gunnar Hindrichs, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • John Rink, St John’s College, Cambridge, UK

Academy convenor

Paulo de Assis

Choral practice, performance and pedagogy: real world applications of choral research

CALL FOR PAPERS

Department of Music, The University of Sheffield, in partnership with the Institute of Musical Research.

Friday 8th April 2016.

This one-day, interactive choral conference is being convened in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield, with funding from The Institute of Musical Research. The aim of the event is to provide a forum for researchers to present their work on choral practice, performance and pedagogy. This conference is designed to provide opportunities for demonstrating the impact of current research in a way which emphasizes practical applications alongside pedagogical approaches to choral rehearsal and performance.

Submissions are invited for sessions with a strong participatory element, and potential for a high level of audience engagement. Proposals from Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged (see below for details of a limited number of travel bursaries which may be awarded to  eligible ECRs).

Sessions may take the form of practical demonstrations, masterclasses, performances or workshops (45 minutes maximum), which are related to the presenter’s original research, or which interrogate choral concepts and philosophies derived from the researcher’s review of the literature. Subjects may include:

  • Choral leadership and conductor training
  • Group dynamics in the choral context
  • Choral learning processes and rehearsal strategies
  • Choral repertoire and performance practices
  • Choral inclusion and diversity
  • Topics related to community singing or community projects involving group singing activities

Shorter spoken papers (20 minutes, including 5 minutes for questions) are also invited, preferably including a practical, participatory or performance element. Subjects for round-table discussions or panels (30 minutes maximum) may also be suggested, with the aim of sharing knowledge, experience, research findings and potential applications among participants. Presentations, demonstrations and workshops may be related to research on group singing in any context, and to any type or size of choral ensemble. A repertoire exchange will be included in the programme, so delegates will be encouraged to bring a song or vocal warm up to share.

Bursaries for Early Career Researchers: There will be a limited number of travel bursaries, funded by the Institute of Musical Research, to assist ECRs to present their work at this conference. Applications for bursaries are encouraged from ECRs who are within three years of completing their PhD, and who do not hold an academic post which provides access to conference funding.

Bursary applications should include:

  • A note of the applicant’s PhD completion date
  • Confirmation that the applicant does not currently have access to funding for conference attendance
  • An accurate indication of the travel costs that will be involved in attending this conference
  • A short biography (c. 200 words)

Submissions: Please send abstracts (c. 300 words), along with applications for travel bursaries, to Dr Michael Bonshor: m.bonshor@sheffield.ac.uk.

The closing date for submissions and bursary applications is January 15th 2016. All proposals should include the name and email address of the presenter, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and details of any AV requirements for the session.

“Indecent Musicology” (NYU)

“Indecent Musicology”

Keynote Speaker: Emily Wilbourne

Saturday, March 26, 2016 [9:30am — 9:00pm]

Silver Center for Arts and Sciences, New York University

VIEW CFP HERE

Call for Papers:

This is a call for the provocative, the experimental, the radical, the “fringe.” Without constantly pushing boundaries, fields are in danger of becoming stale, or worse, regressive. We invite graduate students of all disciplines to submit abstracts that meditate on an indecent musicology. Formal papers are welcome in addition to innovative, interdisciplinary, and unconventional presentations. Papers and presentations will be 20 minutes in length with 10 additional minutes designated for questions; performances and unconventional presentations will be 45 minutes. Composers are responsible for their own musicians and equipment. The following are merely suggestions:

  • “Blasphemology” and manifestations of lewdness
  • Pataphysical and supranatural meditations on music
  • Intersections of indecency, race, law, music, sexuality, sociality, performativity, etc.
  • Constructions of radical obscenity, perversions, and indecency in music
  • Phenomenology of indecent musical exposure

Submission Deadline: Monday, January 25, 2016

Submission Guidelines:

All proposals (paper, performance, composition) must include the following:

  1. An anonymous abstract of no more than 300 words sent as a PDF attachment to indecentmusic2016@gmail.com. Make sure you have omitted any metadata that would identify you (e.g. author’s name, institution, author tags). Footnotes will be included in the word count. Please submit no more than 3 pages of supplementary materials. Please title your attachment: PaperTitle.pdf
  2. A cover letter that includes the title of the presentation, the format of the presentation (e.g. paper, performance, etc.), applicable institutional affiliation, phone number, email address, and AV equipment requests.

Applicants will be notified by email no later than February 8, 2016. Upon acceptance, presenters will be asked to send a final draft of their abstract for publication in the conference program.

For questions, please contact the conference chair, Marcus Ryan Pyle, at mrp448@nyu.edu

Musical Cartographies

Musical Cartographies: The Harvard Graduate Music Forum Conference, 2016

29-30 January 2016

Harvard University Department of Music
Cambridge, MA

Keynote: Arun Saldanha (University of Minnesota)

Call for Proposals

This interdisciplinary conference investigates the relationship between music and the organization of space. Approaching the topic from the perspectives of both scholarly inquiry and creative practice, we will ask how music has been implicated in mappings of physical and conceptual spaces and how spatial mappings have functioned as ways of thinking about musical sound.

Topics for consideration include but are not limited to:

Geography, power, and identity:

  • How have historically and culturally contingent geographical formations conditioned music’s production, dissemination, and reception?
  • How does music intersect with geographically-mediated categories such as race, nation, and ecology?
  • How do issues of diaspora, migration, and stateless peoples complicate the relationships we draw between music and geography?

Representations of sound, time, and musical form:

  • How have music-theoretical models mapped domains such as pitch, timbre, and gesture?
  • How is map-and path- making implicated in music cognition and the phenomenology of listening, and how might models such as cognitive mapping shed light on these processes?
  • How might we think of musical notation and other visual representations of music as forms of cartography?

Practices and technologies:

  • How do scholars and creative practitioners draw and contest disciplinary, aesthetic and conceptual boundaries—for instance, between academic fields, between art forms, or between the “musical” or “extra-musical”?
  • How do composers, performers, and sound artists creatively organize the physical and conceptual spaces in which they work?
  • How have technologies been implicated in mapping musical spaces, and how have new media technologies altered the shape, nature, and limits of such spaces?

Submissions
We welcome submissions from current graduate students exploring these issues from the perspectives of both research and practice. We seek proposals on all repertoires, musical practices, and historical periods from a broad array of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

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 composers’ 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 downloads (via Dropbox, WeTransfer, Google Drive etc.) of relevant sound recordings, scores, and/or supplementary documentation.

In addition to the above questions, composers and performers might consider:

  • What role does space play in your conceptualization of musical form? In your approach to musical performance?
  • What is mapped during composition or performance? This could include time, coincidence, relationships, physical space, and other parameters.
  • How do you relate in your work to geographical categories such as race, nation, and ecology? Likewise, how do you relate to conceptual boundaries such as those between genres, art forms, or historical periods?
  • How do your creative practices challenge existing ways of mapping musical sound?

Deadline for the proposal: 17 November 2015

Please send submissions to: harvardgmf2016@gmail.com

For more information, please visit: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/gmf2016/home