Sunday, 27 September 2009

CFP: Musicology in the 3rd Millennium (Sibelius Academy)

17 - 19 MARCH 2010

An interdisciplinary and international symposium organized by Sibelius Academy, Department of Folk Music, The Doctoral School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and University Consortium of Seinäjoki in collaboration with The Finnish Musicological Society and The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology, 17th–19th of March 2010, in Sokos Hotel Lakeus,Seinäjoki, Finland.

Call for Papers and Presentations

Musicology in the 3rd Millennium is an international symposium whose focus is on the recent and future technological, economical, legal and aesthetic changes embedded in the production and consumption of music, as well as on the challenges these changes bring on to musicology.

At the closing decades of the 20th century, the intellectual and cultural current we’ve come to call “postmodernism”, seemed to offer a whole new way of looking at society, culture and history around us.

The supposedly major epistemological and ontological break between modernism and postmodernism has played itself out as a series of simultaneous and rapid changes in technology, economy and culture. These changes have, in some instances, been tangible and far-reaching: Sony Walkman, for instance, did not immediately bring on a change to the whole variety of ways in which we consume music, but nevertheless we cannot overlook the extent to which more and more music is being listened to through portable media in our times.

The social status in different musics has become problematic. Highbrow and lowbrow, once clear and unproblematic aesthetic categories of music, have recently become empty concepts referring to social distinctions in music that are now obsolete. Technology involved in the production of music has changed; personal computers have made new types of music production possible. Distribution of music over the internet has posed a difficult challenge to copyright legislation.

These cultural, political and economic changes have had consequences also to how we study music and its mediation in society. The main purpose of the symposium, in short, is to explore what particular issues scholars are face-to-face with in our times in their study of music.

The main themes addressed in the symposium are the following:
* Technical mediation of music (internet, portable media)
* Mediation of musical meanings (critics, education)
* Playlists (in radio, media players, Spotify)
* Legal issues involved in the electronic mediation of music
* Highbrow/Lowbrow in music today

Proposal Information
Proposal submissions should consist of a 300-word abstract addressing the focus areas of the symposium. A diversity of presentation formats is welcome. These could include paper presentation, lecture demonstration, panel and roundtable discussions. Standard presentations are generally 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes reserved for discussion and questions. If the substance of the presentation requires more time in the program, this should be mentioned in the proposal. The specific technical equipment needed for the presentation should be mentioned in the proposal. Selected presentations will be published in the Proceedings of the symposium

The working language in the symposium is english.

Poster Sessions

The symposium offers a poster session opportunity to share current research and/or practice with colleagues and others interested in the subject area of the symposium. Those interested in submitting a poster,should list the following in their proposal: the wall space required for the poster, technical equipment for sound demos, a stand for handouts, etc.

Submission Information
The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2009. Proposals may be submitted by mail or email. Please indicate your institutional affiliation and email address with your submission. Indicate clearly whether your submission is to be considered for paper/presentation or poster session. Send submissions to:

3rd Millennium -Symposium
Saijaleena Rantanen
Sibelius Academy
Vaasantie 11, 60101 Seinäjoki

Submissions by email should be sent to: 3rdmillennium2010 [at]

For inquiries, contact:
Prof. Vesa Kurkela
Tel: +358 (0)50 387 7308

Saijaleena Rantanen
Tel: +358 (0)40 710 4200

The symposium also has a website where you can find additional information concerning the symposium:

Program Committee: Prof. Vesa Kurkela (University of Tampere, Sibelius Academy), Dr. Markus Mantere (Doctoral School of Music, Theatre and Dance), Dr Heikki Uimonen (University of Tampere), Dr Kaarina Kilpiö (University of Helsinki), Olli Heikkinen (University of Tampere), Terhi Skaniakos (University of Jyväskylä) and Saijaleena Rantanen (Sibelius Academy)

Invited Keynotes
Dr. Georgina Born, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK

Georgina Born is Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Cambridge University. She trained in Anthropology at University College London and uses ethnography to study cultural production, particularly television, music and IT, and knowledge systems. Her most recent ESRC-funded research, ‘Interdisciplinarity and Society: A Critical Comparative Study’ (2004-6,with Andrew Barry, Geography, Oxford, and Marilyn Strathern, Social Anthropology, Cambridge), analyses the nature of interdisciplinary collaborations bridging the natural sciences and engineering, on the one hand, and the arts and social sciences, on the other. For a summary of this research see:

Other ongoing research interests include a book in progress on cultural production, which brings into dialogue the anthropology and sociology of art, music and media; the normative dimensions of public service broadcasting, with a focus on how theories of democracy and difference can be brought to the analysis of the future of public media systems; how broadcast media are changing with digitization; music, mediation, technology and ontology, and the evolving modes of creativity attendant on music’s changing mediations; and music, sound, and the reconfiguration of public and private space.

Dr. Franco Fabbri, Universitá degli Studi di Torino
Fabbri has published on the rapport between music and technology (/Elettronica e musica)/; on confrontation of musical cultures in contemporary world (/L’ascolto tabù/) and on the intricate fabric of influences and coincidences in the history of popular music (/Around the clock/). His most read book (/Il suono in cui viviamo/, 3 editions) contains articles including genres, analysis of popular music and aesthetics of sound.

Dr. Marc Perlman, Brown University, USA
Marc Perlman, ethnomusicologist, received his Ph.D. from Wesleyan University. Before joining Brown University, he spent a year as a Fellow of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. He has also taught at Tufts University, and in Indonesia, where he was founding editor of the Journal of the Indonesian Musicological Society. His scholarly writings have appeared in the journals Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, Musical Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, Music Perception, Indonesia, Social Studies of Science, and in the revised edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He has also published in Rhythm Music Magazine and the New York Times. He is a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Dr. Perlman’s research interests range widely both in geography and disciplinary affiliation. He specializes in the musical traditions of Indonesia, but has also extensive experience with the gamelan music of Central Java, music of Bali and North Sumatra, music of Ireland, India,and Burma (Myanmar), as well as American popular music. Dr. Perlman’s research in these areas is variously informed by anthropology, sociology, history, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, music theory, cognitive psychology, science and technology studies, and legal theory.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

CFP: Music and the Written Word (University of California, 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 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

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

CFP: Music, Indigeneity and Digital Media Symposium (Royal Holloway)

15 - 16 APRIL 2010

This symposium will focus on the role of digital media in the musical practices of indigenous peoples and in musical representations of indigeneity. It builds on the expanding scholarship on music and technology, music and the politics of indigeneity, and the impact and role of the Internet in musical and indigenous communities. Key questions that it hopes to address include:

• How significant is digital media to indigenous musical practices?
• How do musicians balance new technologies with traditional practice?
• How do digital media offer musical encounters, negotiations and critiques of (post)modernity?
• Do digital media support or hinder the musical indigenous movement?

Other themes that may be explored include the impact of digital media on:
• representation and self determination through music
• musical constructions of place
• cultural revival and cultural repatriation
• musical production, mediation and consumption
• global musical communities and networks
• ethnographic methods, representing musical practices and ethics

For enquiries about the symposium please contact any of the organisers:
Thomas Hilder.
Henry Stobart
Shzr Ee Tan

CFP: Music and Philosophy: A Royal Musical Association Study Day (King's College, London)

20 FEBRUARY 2010

Keynote speakers:
Prof Mark Evan Bonds (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Prof Andrew Bowie (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Prof Julian Dodd (University of Manchester)

This study day will offer a chance for musicologists and philosophers to share and discuss work in the hope of fostering a dialogue between the two disciplines. Proposals of up to 500 words are invited for individual papers (20 minutes) and collaborative papers (up to 30 minutes). Collaboration between persons from different disciplines would be especially welcomed. Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):

- interactions between music and philosophy (including historical connections)
- ontology and music
- music, meaning, and language
- perception and expression
- performance, authenticity, and interpretation

Please send proposals by e-mail to Tomas McAuley (tomas.mcauley at or Dr Víctor Durà-Vilà (victor.dura_vila at Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to submit. The deadline for proposals is Friday 4th December 2009.

Friday, 18 September 2009

CFP: Music, Law and Business (Helsinki)

24 - 27 NOVEMBER 2010

The field of music production is in a state of uncertainty, if not even in an outright crisis of reproduction. Because of recent and relatively rapid changes in communication technology, old conglomerate models and structures of production, dissemination and consumption of music are arguably subject to change. This has also created pressure towards legislative changes, especially in relation to copyright issues. In general, the increased importance of immaterial property rights, as opposed to selling physical records, has been acknowledged within the music industries.

In order to address these shifting conditions of music production and consumption, IASPM-Norden (the Nordic Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music; invites scholars and other interested parties to share their ideas in the "Music, Law and Business" conference. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum in which industry professionals, officials, scholars and other agents can engage in a mutually beneficiary dialogue. The goal is furthermore explicitly multidisciplinary, as the purpose is to bring together experts not only from the conventional areas of music research dominated by humanities and social sciences but also from economics and legal studies.

The programme of the conference consists of keynote lectures, plenary roundtables, thematic workshops, individual presentations and poster presentations. Individual presentations and entire workshops may be built for example on the following topics:

• music and global/national/regional economy
• export ventures of music
• economic dimensions of music copyright, including sampling and licensing
• synergy/cross‐marketing
• economic impacts of music technology
• restructuring of music industry
• music cluster in terms of economy and legal issues
• music and market censorship
• music and public subvention
• music and fair use
• music piracy
• legal and economic ethics of music
• musical expression, genres and styles in terms of law and business
• the aesthetic and legal criteria of musical works
• the impact of fan communities and social media
• legal and economic implications of music education

Proposals for presentations (20 mins) or workshops (90 mins) should be sent to the conference organisers no later than 15 December 2009, preferably as an email attachment (rtf/pdf/doc) to iaspmnorden [at] The proposal should include the following information:

Summary (200 words, explicating the background, approach and central arguments)
Keywords (max. five)
Technical equipment required (PC/DVD/CD/data projector/over-head projector/etc.)

Please label your attachment with your last name and first initial (eg. beathoven-l.rtf), not the title.

The official language of the conference is English. Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than 15 January 2010.

Confirmed guest speakers of the conference include Adj.Prof. Tarja Rautiainen-Keskustalo (Department of Music Anthropology, University of Tampere, Finland) and Dr Patrik Wikström (Media Management and Transformation Centre, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden).

The conference is organized by the Nordic Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music with the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology, University of Helsinki (Musicology), Aalto University (School of Economics/Best Practices of Globalization in Finnish Rock Exports research project), Sibelius Academy and Music Export Finland, in co-operation with the IPR University Center, International Institute of Popular Culture and Statistics Finland.

Should you need more information about the conference, please visit IASPM-Norden website ( or contact IASPM-Norden chair Antti-Ville Kärjä personally (

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

CFP: Symposium on British Museum Citole - New Perspectives (British Museum)


The British Museum is pleased to host a symposium to highlight recent research related to the medieval citole in its collection. This is the first international symposium on this unique instrument, and celebrates recent work done by scientists at the British Museum as well as significant new research by scholars in many fields.

The British Museum citole (formerly known as the ‘Warwick Castle gittern’) is one of a small handful of medieval stringed musical instruments to have survived, providing an invaluable link between iconography and reality. Equally, it is important as one of the most extraordinary examples of craftsmanship and decorative arts from the fourteenth century, prominently displayed in the newly renovated medieval gallery of the Museum.

A rich post-medieval existence is indicated by an engraved silver plate which links the instrument to Queen Elizabeth I and her favourite, Robert Dudley. The instrument was modified into a violin, receiving a new soundboard, fingerboard, tailpiece, peg arrangement, and other fittings. The history of these later accretions yield valuable insights into the violin and violin making in Britain.

By taking as its focus the single extant instrument, it is hoped that this symposium will promote research and discussion about a number of diverse topics. We invite participants to submit paper proposals relating to any aspect of the British Museum citole. The following list of topics, which is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive, may serve as an inspiration:
  • Iconography and morphology of citoles
  • Citoles in documents and literature
  • Citole performance practices
  • The artwork on the British Museum citole
  • The craft of the medieval instrument builder
  • Stringed instruments in the medieval period: performers, producers, and patrons
  • The violin fittings on the British Museum citole
  • Music and musical instruments of Elizabeth I

Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and the symposium will feature time for questions as well as roundtable discussions with researchers, makers, and players of this instrument type. It is intended that the conference proceedings will be published.

Abstracts of 300-400 words and a brief CV should be submitted by 15 January 2010, as Word attachments to an email to the address below. For further information, please contact Naomi Speakman, Project Curator of Medieval Collections, Department of Prehistory and Europe, British Museum, London, WC1B 3DG, 44-(0)20-7323-8467 (phone), 44-(0)20-7323-8496 (fax) or email: nspeakman at

CFP: The Choir­Artistic, Pedagogical and Scholarly Perspectives (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki)

20 - 22 MAY 2010

An interdisciplinary symposium organized by Sibelius Academy, The Doctoral School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Finnish Musicological Society, 20th- 22nd of May 2010. Helsinki, Finland.

The Choir is an international symposium whose focus is on the particular meanings and practices embedded in the choir throughout history, as reflected in various forms of art and strands of research. The symposium is open to both scholarly presentations and demonstrations grounded in artistic, as well as pedagogical practice.

The main themes addressed in the symposium are the following:
  • Meanings and functions allotted to the choir in different phases of history
  • Multi-faceted ontology of ”the choir” as situated between art, on the one hand, and society and religion on the other
  • Politics of the choir
  • What hypothesis – or conclusions – are there to be drawn from the particularly flexible nature of the choir, its fascinating and often simultaneous permanence and change?
  • What is the position and meaning of the choir in today’s art forms?
  • Choir as a cultural domain
  • Choir as a musical medium
  • Choirs on/as stage
  • Re-inventing choir?
  • Choir and creative practice
  • Choir and professionals

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2009.

For inquiries, contact:
Prof. Anne Sivuoja-Gunaratnam
Tel: +358 40 7104287
Dr. Markus Mantere
Tel: +358 40 7104339

Full details:

Saturday, 12 September 2009

CFP: Collaborative Processes in Music Making: Pedagogy and Practice (University of Surrey)

11 NOVEMBER 2009

A study day bringing together people working in higher education, practitioners and academics interested in collaborative processes in music making.

Its focus is collaborative processes in music making, their role in creative practice and in teaching, and the links between. The day aims to provide an opportunity to reflect upon aspects of the music making process that have in the past received little critical attention.

Keynotes from Peter Wiegold and Paul Whitty

Presentations are currently invited (from teaching and creative practice contexts, and across them) that through examples of collaboration explore the following themes:
- Contexts for collaborative process;
- Characteristics of and procedures for collaborative process;
- The benefits and challenges (weaknesses?) of collaborative work.

The day is also interested to recognise and incorporate the richness and complexities of how particular traditions (e.g. Post-atonal, Experimental, Free and/or Idiomatic Improvisation, Post-Vernacular, etc.) relate to, describe and understand collaborative process.

Please contact Ralph Brown at by Wednesday 30
September 2009 with proposals for a short paper/presentation of about 30
minutes duration (including time for questions).

Date: 11 Nov 09
Venue: Studio 1, Performing Arts Technology Studios Building
Department of Music & Sound Recording, University of Surrey
Email bookings to: Barbara Hargreaves 01524 592614
Cost: Attendance at this event is free for colleagues in UK higher education. For people outside UK HE there is a charge of £50, though priority will be given to HE colleagues.

Further information:

Monday, 7 September 2009

CFP: Region State, Nation, Community - New Research in Scandanavian and Baltic Studies (Seattle, Washington)

22 - 24 APRIL 2010

The 22nd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) will take place from April 22-24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The conference will be particularly innovative in being the first joint conference with the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS).

AABS welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable presentations for the first joint conference of Scandinavian and Baltic Studies in the United States. The conference aims to highlight and foster academic inquiry that draws comparisons between Scandinavia (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland) and the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). Papers that examine stateless peoples and those left outside of the Scandinavian/Baltic approach, but sharing the same geographic space, are equally welcome. Papers and panels devoted to individual states are also welcome. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including (but not limited to): anthropology, architecture, communication, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic relations, film studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, memory, political science, psychology, public health, religion, sociology, tourism, and advancing Baltic and Scandinavian studies. Presentations are not to exceed 20 minutes in length.

Proposals from Ph.D. students will be considered for a Presidents’ Panel on Scandinavian and Baltic Studies that recognizes the most accomplished and innovative work of new scholars.

Paper and panel proposals must include an abstract (no more than 250 words) and a one to two-page curriculum vitae. Send this material embedded in the body of an e-mail (no attachments) to Aldis Purs at (aldisp at by December 11, 2009. Paper submissions can be mailed to:

22nd AABS Conference Chair
University of Washington,
Box 353420
Seattle, WA 98195-3420

Conference Website:

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

CFP: Readings of Diffcult Freedom (Toulouse, France)

5 - 9 JULY 2010

First published in 1963, with a second edition in 1976, /Difficile Liberté/, /Essais sur le judaïsme/ is considered Levinas' most accessible book and an excellent introduction to his work. This collection of essays, which appeared in a variety of journals (/L'arche, Information juive, L'esprit, Evidences/, etc.) reflects the society, culture and philosophy of France from the 1950s to the 1970s. While closely linked to this era (end of World War II, the discovery of the horror of the concentration camps, Stalinism, the founding of the State of Israel) /Difficile Liberté/ is by no means a collection of circumstantial writings.

In /Difficile Liberté/ Levinas defines post-Holocaust Judaism, and sets out the requirements and need for Jewish thought and education in an authentic but critical dialogue with modern society. These considerations are frequently interspersed with references to writers and thinkers who influenced Levinas such as Claudel, Heidegger, Hegel, Spinoza, S. Weil, Gordin and Rosenzweig, but more often to sacred texts, the Bible and the words of the Sages of Israel which Levinas continually emphasized the need to study. Does Levinas' /modernity /paradoxically lie in his appeal to Jews to return to these old "worm-eaten tractates" ("the Jew of the Talmud should take precedence over the Jew of the Psalms")? These articles are still innovative, sharp, concise and overarching; the style is sometimes lyrical – Levinas rarely wrote in such a strident, argumentative way, blending conviction and stupefaction. The key to what unites Levinas' work – the link between his philosophical writings and his specifically Jewish dimension – may just be found in /Difficile Liberté./

Beyond the obligatory analysis of the title (taken from the last few words of the article "Education and Prayer") this conference aims not only to place the essays in /Difficult Freedom/ in their historical context and within the trajectory of Levinas' thought, but more importantly to examine them afresh – with the wonderment and questions they still elicit today. Diachronic and synchronic analyses of the articles in /Difficle Liberté /will help situate them with respect to Levinas' other works. Issues such as the following could be explored:

Phenomenology, ethics, the Holocaust, Israel, the Talmudic Readings, Levinas' views of science and technology, his relationship to Heidegger, Rozensweig, Bergson, French philosophers and writers, Levinas' relationship to Christianity, Levinas the educator, etc...*

This international conference is an initiative of the Société internationale de Recherches Emmanuel Levinas (SIREL, Paris,, and the North American Levinas Society (Purdue, USA, The conference will host participants from all over the world, with 120 projected presentations.

Priority will be given to students and young researchers. The proceedings will be published (articles selected by the editorial committee). If funding permits, some financial aid may be made available, in particular to young researchers.

1. *On or before September 30, 2009:* submission of a 500-word abstract (talks will be 20 minutes, in French or in English)and a short bio-bibliography of the author (s).
2. *On or before November 15, 2009*: notification, based on the decision of the scientific committee.
3. *February 2010*: publication of conference program.

All submissions (preferably as Microsoft Word files) and questions concerning the conference should be sent electronically to: dlib2010[at]

CFC: Choral Theatre Public Art Commission (Roscommon, Ireland)


Arising from Local Authority Capital Developments in the region, Roscommon County Council, as commissioning client, invites submissions from an artist or artists comprising the skills of Composer & Playwright for the development of a new work of choral theatre for future production with Suaimhneas Choral Singers and Riverside Chorus and a cast of professional actors.

The maximum budget for the commission will be €40,000.00 inclusive of all artists’ fees, costs, expenses, VAT, insurance and any other charges associated with the development of the new work.

The aims of the commission are to -
- engage a professional artist or team of artists encompassing the skills of composer and playwright to develop an original piece of choral theatre.

- provide new opportunities for Suaimhneas Choral Singers and Riverside Chorus to go beyond their regular performance practice.

- bring professional theatre and choral work together in an experimental and innovative process.

- develop new audiences for professional choral and theatre work in the region.

Stage 1 proposals submitted - Thurs. 1st Oct. 2009
Stage 1 Selection - Tues. 5th Oct. 2009
Site visit for shortlisted applicants - Tues. 19th Oct. 2009
Stage 2 proposals submitted - Thurs. 18th Nov. 2009
Interview of shortlisted applicants - Thurs. 25th Nov. 2009
Project commencement - Before 31st Dec. 2009
Project completion - Before 31st Dec. 2010

Full Project Brief and further information is available from –

Contact: artsoffice [at]
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