Wednesday, 19 August 2009

CFP: Music and the Written Word (UCal, Santa Barbara)

16 - 17 JANUARY 2010

The UCSB Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) is seeking submissions for the 2010 “Music and the Written Word” Graduate Conference to be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on 16-17 January 2010. Run by and geared towards graduate students, this interdisciplinary conference will focus on music, the written word, and their convergence. We welcome submissions covering the full spectrum of methodologies, disciplinary approaches, and all genres of music.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:
Relationship between music and text
Text setting
Musical criticism
Representations of music in literature and poetry
Notation and transcription
Music inspired by literature or poetry
Music in print media
Musical poetics
Music as language/language as music
Rhetoric and musical practice
Musical analogy
Music and grammar
Music and worship/liturgy
Language in performance practice
Concrete words, “ineffable” music
Music and political speech
Music and code (C Sound, etc.)

Please send a 200-300-word abstract of your paper to musicandthewrittenword at no later than 9 October 2010. Include the abstract as both a file attachment and in the email text. Paper presentations will be allotted twenty minutes, with ten additional minutes for questions and answers.

Details regarding travel, accommodations, and the keynote address will be forthcoming. Updated information will be posted on our website:

For questions, suggestions, or other communication, please write to: musicandthewrittenword at

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